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2018 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2018 GMC Acadia

When looking at the 2018 Chevy Traverse and the 2018 GMC Acadia, you’ll notice they both offer loads of features at an affordable price. There are several important factors when choosing the right SUV for you, though, including efficiency, power, and features — and that’s where they differ.

Both Chevy and GMC offer an SUV worthy of long drives between Rice Lake and Cumberland, so how do you go about choosing what’s right for you? The choice comes down to what’s more important to you: power and interior specs, or affordability and fuel efficiency. Let’s take a closer look at the specs of these two SUVs.

Efficiency and Power

2018 Traverse L

2018 Acadia SL

Base Engine

2.5L DOHC 4-Cylinder SIDI VVT
9-speed automatic


6-speed automatic
19 gallons

Fuel Tank

19 gallons
Up to 18 mpg city/27mpg highway


Up to 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway

You can see that while the Chevy SUV offers more power, the GMC, with it’s smaller engine, offers more combined fuel efficiency.

Cargo Space and Interior Specs

2018 Traverse

2018 Acadia

Passenger Capacity

23 cubic feet

Dedicated Cargo Space

12.8 cubic feet
98.20 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

79 cubic feet
41.3 inches

Front Head Room

40.3 inches

Both the 2018 Traverse and the 2018 Acadia offer spacious interiors with intuitive and technology friendly control panels, but the Traverse nudges itself slightly ahead in terms of space and storage, both for passengers and cargo.

Chevy SUV vs. GMC SUV: Finding Your Choice

With GMC and Chevy both offering great SUVs, picking the right vehicle for you is a very personal choice.

  • The new 2018 Traverse has a slightly more affordable starting price ($29,930 vs. $29,995), greater interior space, and superior highway efficiency.

  • The Acadia comes standard with features like push-button start and a Wi-Fi hotspot, which are optional on the traverse. It also offers superior efficiency for city driving.

The choice comes down to what specs and features suit your needs more — it’s ultimately a matter of personal preference. If you’re looking for a great SUV at a reasonable price, you can’t go wrong with a new GMC or a new Chevy.

2018 Chevy Traverse Parked

Visit Don Johnson Motors to Drive Our Chevy and GMC SUVs

If you’re in the market for a new SUV and in northwestern Wisconsin, come by Don Johnson Motors to see our inventory. We’ve got locations in Rice Lake, Cumberland, and Hayward to serve you. If you have any questions beforehand, please contact us.

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