HOLDEN ACADIA REVIEWS | 2018 – 2019 MODEL
Read and compare reviews on the Holden Arcadia 2018 – 2019 Model from top New Zealand automotive journalists on trusted websites.
Sunday Drive: Holden Acadia LTZ-V
SOURCE: STUFF | YEAR: 2019 | WORDS: RICHARD BOSSELMAN | PHOTO: SIMON WATTS / BWMEDIA
Around 92,000 first year registrations would seem a dream run for Holden’s latest big hope, right?
It’s happened. The 2018 North American sales count for the Acadia large sports utility suggests this model has potential.
GM’s Aussie outpost is keen to see its first American-made product gain acceptance. Holden needs a break. Logic suggests SUVs can pull it out of the mire.
A seven-chair wagon designed primarily to deliver a swish sealed road experience, Acadia is a $100 million gamble. The cost of rejigging a US domestic GMC into a right-hooker is 60 percent higher than it might have been had Holden involved from the start, instead of two years in.
Acadia comes in three trims, all in two and four-wheel-drive, all running a Commodore-shared 3.6-litre V6 and nine-speed-auto, and aims at everything from Hyundai’s Santa Fe and Mazda’s CX-9 to the Ford Everest and Toyota Prado.
Impression from testing the LTZ-V flagship suggests near on 100,000 North Americans aren’t wrong. Sure, some aspects require getting used to, yet it feels born to run comfortably here.
Will the square-jawed and hunky styling demand time to settle? The shape’s not divisive but expect discussion. The front-end is Holden-ised to the point where a GMC grille won’t fit, but all else is as North America knows it.
Holden Acadia review: Six-gun SUV salvo
SOURCE: DRIVEN | YEAR: 2018 | WORDS: PAUL OWEN | PHOTO: SIMON WATTS / BWMEDIA
The Acadia is arguably the most technically advanced vehicle to wear the lion badge.
When thinking about adding a more urbane large SUV to the lineup to accompany the existing Trailblazer tough truck, Holden thought big.
The result is the addition of the made-in-Tennessee Acadia to its range, and the contrast between what the Americans might consider a “medium-sized crossover for soccer mums” with Holden’s other rugged seven-seat Colorado ute-based large SUV is a stark one.
Acadia is smooth in its ride and delivery, petrol-powered, and appears to possess only enough ground clearance to clamber over the average roadside curb.
Any sticker hinting of off-road prowess placed on the back window of the Acadia will possibly cause the huntin’ and fishin’ fraternity to soil their undercrackers with laughter. However, if your adventures are more comfort- and convenience-focused, Acadia packs plenty of potential to be a sweet n’ spacious ride to the bach, cafe, school ball, skifield or the office.
It’s also arguably the most technically advanced vehicle yet to wear the leonine Holden badge.
The Acadia mixes a ZB Commodore-sourced V6 engine and nine-speed automatic gearbox with the rest of the adaptive-4wd powertrain (available on three models) taken from the other Buick SUV in Holden showrooms – Equinox.
SOURCE: AUTOCAR | YEAR: 2018 | WORDS: KYLE CASSIDY | PHOTO: SIMON WATTS / BWMEDIA
Holden has been in the headlines across the Tasman for all the wrong reasons recently.
With some good vehicles launched in the past six months its sales should be bubbling along nicely but the only sounds coming from Holden are gurgling ones, as its numbers swirl down the plug hole. It recently had to call a halt to production of the Commodore and Equinox as it tries to clear a backlog of stock in Australia.
Here in NZ, the slide isn’t so marked thanks to Colorado, but Holden’s sales YTD September are off 12 per cent compared with this time last year. Of the 1300 Commodore (Happy Birthday by the way, the nameplate is 40 years old today, the 26th of November) sales this year, the old VF has accounted for 480 of them, though it looks like most of the stock dried up around July. In the SUV space, Captiva is still going well with 1500 sold, though it’s now officially on run out, finally, and Equinox is getting traction with 600 sold. Trailblazer and Trax add 800 to the total.
Holden’s latest hope is the Acadia, a large seven-seat SUV that lands in a growing segment.