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Holden Acadia 2018 review

It's time for American iron as Holden enters the family size SUV market
EXPERT RATING
7.1
We've been behind the scenes, nearly 12 months before the new seven-seat Acadia SUV arrives. Can it match the current segment benchmarks?

Anyone who mourns the loss of the big Holden Commodore station wagon as THE ideal Australian family car needs to check their calendar and stop listening to talkback radio.

Yes, the next ZB Commodore wagon won't quite offer the rear accommodation of the outgoing Aussie-built VFII version, but this will actually represent the second round of downsizing. Remember, the current-shape - 2008-onwards - Sportwagon has less cargo space than the VT-VZ model that preceded it.

This move to smaller but better looking Sportwagons has come about because the average Australian hasn’t thought of wagons as the ultimate in family hauling for some time, with our love affair with SUVs having moved firmly into the long-term commitment stage.

Residual emotional connections with the classic Commodore wagon are partly justified, though, thanks to the 11-year lifespan (to date) of the often-troublesome Holden Captiva.

Aside from age and reliability issues, the Captiva's limited size has forced it to straddle the increasingly cemented mid-size and large SUV segments. The now-discontinued Captiva 5 was the right size and shape for the mid-size class, yet the longer but no wider seven-seat Captiva 7 has never quite held a candle to segment heroes like the Mazda CX-9, Kia Sorento, Toyota Kluger, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Pathfinder.

The Captiva will be replaced by the US-designed Acadia by mid-2018. The Captiva will be replaced by the US-designed Acadia by mid-2018.

Salvation is now finally approaching for Holden fans looking to treat their family to a decent-sized seven-seat SUV, with the US-designed Acadia heading our way by mid-2018.

We recently had the opportunity for an early taste of this future, driving a pre-production prototype behind the barbed wire at Holden's legendary Lang Lang proving ground in Victoria.

Verdict

Without price, final spec and and any technical details, it's impossible to deliver a definitive Acadia verdict, but it is great that Holden is finally going to have a proper option in the large, family SUV segment.

It'll have some stiff competition from the likes of CX-9, Sorento and even Kluger, but it's destined to be a much better bet than a seven-seat Captiva.

We'll welcome all the details along with the showroom model around mid next year, and expect to boost our tentative overall rating a couple of notches if it lives up to expectations. But for now, we’re not disappointed.

Would you be tempted away from a CX-9 by the Acadia? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Pricing guides

$43,990
Based on 38 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$32,990
Highest Price
$52,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
LT (2WD) 3.6L, ULP, 9 SP AUTO $26,400 – 34,980 2018 Holden ACADIA 2018 LT (2WD) Pricing and Specs
LT (awd) 3.6L, ULP, 9 SP AUTO $31,900 – 41,800 2018 Holden ACADIA 2018 LT (awd) Pricing and Specs
LTZ (2WD) 3.6L, ULP, 9 SP AUTO $32,800 – 43,010 2018 Holden ACADIA 2018 LTZ (2WD) Pricing and Specs
LTZ (awd) 3.6L, ULP, 9 SP AUTO $35,700 – 46,200 2018 Holden ACADIA 2018 LTZ (awd) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.1
Malcolm Flynn
CarsGuide Editor

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