If you have a growing family, you may need three rows for your family, but you don’t have the heart to listen to the automatic slide door of a Honda Odyssey shut the book on your youth. Well, there are options for those who need more passenger (or cargo) space, but aren’t interested in minivans. The 2018 GMC Acadia midsize SUV is one of those options. And, frankly, it’s one the most attractive ones.
The 2018 GMC Acadia
What you’ll immediately notice is the style. The GMC Acadia does not look like it has three rows of seating. The exterior lines are sculpted and sharp, giving the impression of a much smaller vehicle. At the same time, the 2018 Acadia retains the rugged strength that has become GMC’s signature. The grille of the SLT model is the winner of the bunch with three sharply cut slats. Finally, any of the wheel options, beginning with the standard 17” painted aluminum wheels, portray the same degree of toughness and style.
Usually, drivers of family-oriented vehicles usually aren’t interested in detailed engine specifications. They like to know that their vehicles can move quickly and quietly, while keeping up at highway speeds. And, under those criteria, the 2018 Acadia is won’t disappoint. The base engine is a 2.5L inline four with 193 horsepower. While that unit won’t set the world alight, it’s capable of pushing the Acadia along comfortably. Towing capacity is obviously limited, but you get great fuel economy (10.1 L/100km combined) considering the Acadia’s size. And,If you upgrade to the 3.6L V6, you get 4 times more towing capacity and 310 horsepower.
Comfort has been significantly improved over the previous year’s model. Passengers in any of the seats will have enough legroom and head clearance for substantial driving durations (but whoever ends up in the middle of the rear bench will probably still complain). As a welcome consequence of the enlarged center console, the driver gets a more stable rest for their arm (drive with two hands on the wheel or whatever).
The fit and finish, as drivers may have come to expect from GMC are exceptional. There is ample space for drivers and passengers and comfort is prevalent. However, the Denali trim is not as refined as in the brands other models. But we can expect this to improve as the Acadia enters the middle years of its model cycle.
Admittedly, the cargo space behind the third row of seating is minimal. So, if you need to move seven people and a mountain of gear, you might be out of luck. But that’s really the consequence of GMC making the Acadia trim and stylish. It doesn’t look like a minivan, so you can’t expect it to be as capacious as one. That being said, when you fold down the third row, you’ll have enough room for almost anything you need to haul. If you need gear for a weeklong camping expedition and four people, no problem.
As you probably expect from GMC, the 2018 Acadia has an impressive suite of safety technology. That’s especially reassuring when you’re driving a vehicle the size of the Acadia. No, it’s not as big as the Yukon, but when you’re driving with your family it’s nice to know that your vehicle has your back. Available safety technology includes:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Forward Collision Warning
- Lane-Departure Warning
- Lane-Keeping Assist
While the Acadia is neither the ultimate stylish crossover, or shameless people-mover, it strikes a pleasant balance between the two. GMC really hit the right notes with the exterior styling. And the