Instead of "go big or go home," GMC focused on "light makes right" with the second-generation Acadia. Built to comply with more stringent fuel economy standards while matching key rivals' dimensions, the three-row Acadia is 7-inches shorter, 4-inches narrower, and 500-pounds lighter. The result is a competitive, practical, and pleasant family hauler.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2018 GMC Acadia has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 GMC Acadia owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"rear window (tailgate) leaked - was repaired under warranty at no cost to us"

Anonymous, (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"constant watr leak thru rear hatch. Eventually caused problems with the electronic locks thru out the vehicle."

David R., CA (2018 GMC Acadia All Terrain 3.6-L V6)

"Leak in the rear lift gate window. The problem was corrected, covered under warranty and I was satisfied with the process. It was my impression that this was not the first occurrence of this issue the dealer had dealt with!"

Anonymous, IN (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"High mounted stop light has been replaced twice due to minor water leaks around the seal"

Anonymous, CT (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Loose wire clip in head liner"

Thomas S., MI (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Rear seat belt tab hits the outer seat upright support when vehicle is in motion causing rattle."

Anonymous, WA (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"T times there is a rattle in the dash omly when the cab is warm"

Anonymous, WI (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Sunroof shade rattled incessantly"

Anonymous, TX (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"I had a rattle noise and the GMC dealership found it and fixed it under warranty"

Anonymous, AR (2018 GMC Acadia SLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Noise is very prevalent at 30mph so as to to have to turn radio higher to hear even though radio volume is suppose to increase based on car speed"

Anonymous, PA (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Sounds like a window is rolled down but its not."

Anonymous, ID (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"At about 8000 miles, the vehicle did not detect when the transmission was shifted into Park, resulting in a warning message and chime when the vehicle was shut off. The dealer was familiar with this problem and was able to fix under warranty. Otherwise no mechanical problem with transmission, vehicle could be driven normally."

Anonymous, VA (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"a fault in the gear selector switch did not allow the car to be turned off. they tried to repair but it came back...i went back a second time and they replaced the whole gear shift under warrantee"

Anonymous, IL (2018 GMC Acadia SLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When shifted to park, the vehicle would sometimes not register that the car was in park and the ignition would not turn off. I would have to shift to another geqr then back into park and this would allow the engine to be ahut off. It did not happen with ebmvery drive but did increase in frequency. It turns out that a sensor on this model began to malfuntion at around the 24000 mile mark. I have a co worker that had the exact same issue around the same mile marker. A quick internet search showed that this was common to this particular vehicle at the 24k mark. The part was replaced in about an hour under factory warranty. So issues since then."

Anonymous, GA (2018 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Started a few months after purchase. Grinding, clunking when shifting in or out of park - now it doesn't register that it is in park unless I repeatedly SLAM the car into park"

Anonymous, MI (2018 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"poor quality control. too vehicle back three times for dealer to fix"

Anonymous, TN (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Poor quality control."

Anonymous, TN (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Hood paint showed a flaw in the clearcoat...under the wrong (or right light) the hood looked like there were waters stains"

Gregory P., TX (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Wiring harness was corroded and had to be replaced. It sounded like tis was a common known problem."

Larry P., IA (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Received alert on dashboard that system was not working. But when you turn it off and drive it again the alert clears and the system works fine. I took the car to the dealer but problem could not be identified unless the warning is active. This problem is sporadic and is still occurring."

Anonymous, OH (2018 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

"SXM radio. Continued to lose signal. Problem traced to antenna module that was bad."

David K., NY (2018 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Software update fixes

"Radio would shut off an go to a blank screen Navigation would stop working Would get a warning the car was not in park even though it was in park , lights would remain on and warning buzzer would continue for at least 10 to 15 minutes after attempting to put the car in park"

Dennis G., OH (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"SHIFTER PROBLEM (NOT IN PARK PROBLEM) CAUSED BY BOOT BEING TO TIGHT NOT ALLOWING TO SEAT ALL THE WAY IN PARK. REPLACED PARTS TWICE SHIFTER, WIRING AND BOOT. BOOT IS STILL PROHIBITING GOOD SEAT IN PARK. GM IS WORKING ON A RECALL FIX. LAW SUIT CLASS ACTION HAS BEEN FILLED ON THE PROBLEM. 12 VOLT MAIN BATTERY HAS ALSO BEEN REPLACED. FAILED LOAD TEST. SUSPECT BATTERY WAS DRAINED BY NOT IN PARK ERROR NOT BEING NOTICED AND DRAINED BATTERY. PROBLEM IS NOT RESOLVED JUST HAVE TO PUSH SHIFTER WITH MORE FORCE OR CLICK THE TRIGGER ON SHIFTER KNOB. Three trips to dealership for this problem that started with 2017 thru 2019 models is not acceptable. The 2020 models have push buttons eliminating the shifter."

Anonymous, IA (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"The last time I had attempted to fill the gas tank, when I got back into the vehicle and started it up the gas gauge registered "full" but as I drove it, the gauge didn't start to fall as fuel was consumed. I had to use the vehicle "mileage" computer to "guess" how much fuel was remaining in the tank."

Anonymous, WI (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat controls - movement

"Cannot set automatic seat position"

Anonymous, PA (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Problem(s) fueling the tank

"I've had problems filling the gas tank for a couple of years. The vehicle was in previously and had the "filler pipe" replaced but it didn't help. More recently this problem had gotten worse so I took it back to the dealer who ordered an entirely new gas tank system. Turns out there was a "bulletin" on the "Tech System" indicating that this was a recurring problem with Acadia gas tanks. The tank and filler pipe were replaced under warranty and it now fills properly."

Anonymous, WI (2018 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
May 31, 2018
A damaged fuel line can create a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2015-2018 GMC Canyon, 2016-2017 Buick Envision, 2016-2018 Chevrolet Colorado and Malibu, 2017-2018 GMC Acadia, 2018 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain vehicles. The high pressure fuel pump may detach from its mounting flange, possibly resulting in the pump damaging the high pressure fuel line.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the high pressure fuel pump, and high pressure fuel pipe, free of charge. The recall began July 2, 2018. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18188.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V358000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 895
POWER TRAIN
Aug 22, 2017
If the front right intermediate drive shaft assembly separates while driving, the vehicle will lose propulsion, increasing the risk of a crash. If the assembly separates while parked on a grade, without the park brake engaged, the vehicle may move unintentionally, increasing the risk of a vehicle roll-away.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles and 2017-2018 GMC Acadia vehicles. The right front intermediate driveshaft may fracture and separate while driving.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right front intermediate drive shaft assembly, free of charge. The recall began August 25, 2017. Owners may contact GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 17329.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V516000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2905
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