After existing as an almost full-size SUV for its first decade in the market, last year GMC downsized its popular-selling Acadia. The 2018 Acadia is closer to the mid-size norm, slightly larger than a Kia Sorento but smaller than a Honda Pilot. However, it keeps its three-row seating availability. It’s as if GMC shrunk-fit the new Acadia around the driver to make it more agile and maneuverable for today’s congested roads and parking spaces. The idea was to give the buyer all of the sport-utility functionality they’ll need on an everyday basis without the larger bulk of a big, hulking SUV.
It’s available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and five-, six- or seven-passenger seating. Including the $975 destination fee, front-drive Acadias include the $29,995 SL, mid-level $33,595 SLE, well-equipped $39,495 SLT, and range-topping $46,095 Denali. All-wheel drive versions are priced a couple thousand dollars higher.