2018 GMC Acadia Driving Impressions


The Acadia drives well and feels pleasantly polished, with a comfortable, composed ride and responsive handling.

Steering is nicely weighted. V6 models feel a trifle nose-heavy, but handling doesn’t suffer.

The four-wheel independent suspension readily absorbs patchy pavement. The 20-inch wheels optional on SLT (standard on Denali) can yield a stiffer ride.

Performance is modest with the four-cylinder engine. The strong V6 is an appealing choice, mating well with GMC’s 6-speed automatic.

All Terrain models look rugged, but ride comfort matches the regular Acadia. Off-pavement, it benefits from slightly revised traction-control mode.

An Acadia isn’t the most fuel-efficient crossover in its class. Four-cylinder models with front-drive are thriftiest, EPA-rated at 21/26 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined. Adding all-wheel drive lowers the estimate just slightly, to 21/25/23 mpg.

The V6 guzzles a bit more, EPA-rated at 18/25 mpg City/Highway, or 21 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive is rated at 17/25/20 mpg. Neither engine requires premium gasoline. Four-cylinder Acadias include a Stop/Start system.

1Dealer Discount applied to everyone.

Make an Inquiry