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2018 GMC Acadia Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 GMC Acadia was new.


Interior: 8.0

The 2018 GMC Acadia has a quiet, handsome cabin. The materials quality is excellent as well. The first two rows of seats are spacious, but the third row (in 3-row models) is a tighter squeeze. There are several useful, user-friendly tech features, and while cargo space won’t blow you away, there’s still a maximum capacity of nearly 80 cubic feet.

  • "Although its absolute scale isn't as large as the first-generation SUV, the 2018 Acadia's cabin boasts an even more upscale character helped by a modern design that includes soft-touch surfaces, upgraded trim and active noise cancellation." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The cabin is pitch-perfect for this quasi-premium CUV, with comfortingly familiar GM switchgear embedded in high-quality, inoffensive materials. It's like a hotel room at an upscale major national chain." -- Autoblog (2017)
  • "The purposeful yet classy interior design incorporates numerous soft-touch points, the brushed-aluminum trim really is aluminum, and Denali models are dressed up with real-wood inserts." -- Car and Driver (2017)


The GMC Acadia has seating for seven occupants, while models equipped with optional middle-row captain's chairs can accommodate six. The All Terrain model has seating for five. A sliding and reclining second row is standard. Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, and an automatic heated steering wheel are available.

As with most 3-row SUVs, the Acadia’s seats are less spacious the farther back you sit in the vehicle. The front two rows have ample space for adult passengers, but the third row will feel a little cramped on anything other than a short drive.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats in the second row, and third-row seats have tether anchors but no lower anchors. The lower anchors in the second row are set a little deep in the seat, and the third-row tether anchors could be confused with other hardware. Aside from those two things, the Acadia’s LATCH system is generally easy to use.

  • "Where the outgoing SUV was sold in mandatory seven- or eight-seat configuration, the 2017 Acadia is available in just five-seat form when equipped with the new All-Terrain package, putting an emphasis on usable space and cargo rather than on hauling the kiddos. When included, third-row space is predictably uncomfortable for full-sized adults, but it would work in a pinch for a quick jaunt out to lunch." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "The two-seat bench in the way back has sufficient padding and ample headroom, but sits low. It can accommodate a 6-footer, however, sitting with knees high behind another tall adult in the sliding and reclining second row." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • "While there's undoubtedly less shoulder room than in the old Acadia, the remarkable thing is that you can fit a not-exceptionally-sized person in any of the places and they'll be comfortable for a not-insignificant amount of time. That period of time increases drastically as you head towards the bow of this ship." -- Autoblog (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Acadia include a rearview camera, a rear-seat alert, Teen Driver (which lets you set volume and speed limits for other drivers of the car), push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touch screen with IntelliLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Available features include front pedestrian braking, rear cross traffic alert, a safety alert driver’s seat, forward collision warning, forward automatic braking, front and rear parking sensors, side blind spot monitoring with lane change alert, lane keep assist, a surround-view camera, a dual-panel sunroof, navigation, an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.

The IntelliLink system is intuitive and easy to use thanks to the responsive touch screen. On-screen icons are also large and easy to see from the driver’s seat. You’re not locked into using the touch screen if you don’t want to though, as there are physical buttons and knobs for some functions.

The Acadia has plenty of connectivity features, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot, not all of which are offered in every class rival. It also has nifty driver assistance features like the rear-seat alert, which reminds you to check the rear seats when you’re shutting off the vehicle.

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  • "Thoughtful amenities dot the cabin, including lots of storage cubbies, five USB ports, climate controls, and a 110-volt outlet for the second row. Because, sadly, forgetting to remove children from cars is a real thing, the new Acadia features an industry-first rear-seat reminder, which flashes and sounds a warning to check the back rows when the vehicle is shutting down." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "A 7-inch touch-screen with GMC's IntelliLink system is standard on SL and SLE trims, and an 8-inch unit is optional on the SLE and standard on SLT and Denali models. The screen has big, clear buttons and menus and was responsive. Ease of use is complemented by mechanical knobs for volume and tuning, and physical buttons for Home and Back as well as basic audio functions." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • "The recast dash matches good legibility with user-friendly controls and boasts an 8.0-inch touchscreen, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability, plus a new SHOP feature to the GMC IntelliLink system that allows owners to download approved apps to personalize their vehicles." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)


The Acadia has 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 41.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 79 cubic feet behind the first row. There are two underfloor storage bins where you can stow smaller items, and the second and third rows both fold flat, giving you a flat cargo floor for loading objects. A power liftgate is available, as is a hands-free power liftgate.

  • "The second tier -- 60-40 bench or captain's chairs -- features an upgraded Smart Slide system for easier access to the 50/50 third row, and both fold flat to expand the 12.8 cubic feet of base cargo space to a quite usable 79.0-cubic-foot maximum." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cargo volume behind the front row drops from 116 cubic feet to just 79, but clever packaging retains lots of usable space. The second- and third-row seats both fold flat with little fuss, and there are two underfloor storage bins for smaller items." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "Their customers rarely use the third row but like the fact it is there. And because the third row spends most of the time folded down, cargo room is sufficient. The second and third rows fold flat to offer 79 cubic feet of space – similar to the Toyota Highlander and other key competitors – and the second row slides easily for access to the back." -- Motor Trend (2017)

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