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What Are the Differences Between the 2018 GMC Terrain and Acadia?

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The 2018 GMC Terrain is a compact SUV, while the Acadia slots into the mid-size category. Here’s a look at some of the other distinguishing features of these two vehicles.


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2018 GMC Terrain

2018 GMC Terrain

Dimensions

Overall, the Acadia is the more spacious of the two vehicles. It can carry up to seven passengers, and its cargo volume behind the front row is 79 cubic feet. The Terrain can carry five passengers, and its cargo volume behind the front row is 63.3 cubic feet. However, the Terrain’s front passenger seat folds flat, giving it the total cargo space advantage with 81 cubic feet. The Terrain has another advantage, too: it offers 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space when all the seats are in place. In the Acadia, only 12.8 cubic feet is available when all the seats are in place.

Performance

The Acadia is a bit more powerful than the Terrain, but not by much. Its standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque, and it’s also available with a V6 option. The Terrain’s standard 1.5-liter turbo engine achieves 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, and it’s also available with 2.0-liter turbo and 1.6-liter turbodiesel options.

If you need decent towing capability, the Acadia can tow up to 4,000 pounds when properly equipped. The Terrain’s max is 1,500 pounds. Meanwhile, the Terrain offers a significant fuel economy advantage: 26 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for the base engine (and even better with diesel), as compared to the Acadia’s 21/26 mpg.

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2018 GMC Acadia

2018 GMC Acadia

Features

The Acadia and the Terrain are fairly similar in this area, especially in regards to infotainment options. The Terrain’s available interior features are perhaps a tad more luxurious. Both SUVs are available in GMC’s top-of-the-line Denali trim.

Price

The Terrain is the more affordable vehicle, with an MSRP of $25,990 for the base SL trim and $38,595 for the Denali. The Acadia’s MSRP is $29,995 for the base SL trim and $46,095 for the Denali.

Conclusion: The Acadia is your best bet if you need something a little more heavy-duty. If you don’t need to carry seven passengers or do much towing, the Terrain is more affordable — and offers better fuel efficiency, cargo, and engine options.

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