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The Oil Type, Capacity, And Weight Of A GMC Acadia

To get the best performance from any vehicle, you need to consider several elements. One of them is engine oil. Everything you need to select the right engine oil for your American-made GMC Acadia has been discussed in the organized sections below. Let’s look at a short answer before we dive into it.

The first generation and the second generation’s 3.6L engines use the ACDelco dexos1 full synthetic engine oil (SAE 5W-30). The second generation’s 2.0L and 2.5L engines use the ACDelco dexos1 full synthetic engine oil (SAE 0W-20)

*The engine oils used in GMC Acadia are not limited to these brands only. All engine oils fulfilling the requirements given below will work well with your GMC Acadia.

This was the first step in understanding the engine oil requirements of your vehicle. Read on to continue the journey and learn about your Acadia’s oil weight, type, and capacity. We have also covered other essentials, such as how to check and change the engine oil and how to reset the Engine Oil Life System below.

Also read: How Many Miles Can A GMC Acadia Last? (Answered)

What Type Of Engine Oil Is Used In The GMC Acadia?

The GMC Acadia spans over two generations. The crossover SUV came to the market in 2007, with a new generation hitting the market in 2017. To get the best performance from your GMC Acadia, you need to select the best engine oil for your specific model. This is precisely what the sections below will help you do.

The engine oils used in the GMC Acadia (both generations) must fulfill the requirements of dexos1 specification. The ACDelco dexos1 full synthetic engine oil is recommended.

Also read: The Exact Bolt Pattern Of A GMC Acadia

What Is The Weight/Viscosity Of Oils Used In GMC Acadia?

The viscosity or weight of an engine oil is how well it flows at specific temperatures. The recommended viscosity grade depends on the particular engine and the temperatures that the vehicle will be used in. Read the easy guide below to determine which viscosity grade is suitable for your GMC Acadia.

The first generation engines (2007 – 2016) and the 3.6L second-generation engine (2017 – Present) require an oil viscosity grade of SAE 5W-30. The SAE 0W-30 viscosity grade can be used for vehicles that operate in cold areas, where temperatures fall below -20F or -29C. This improves the cold starting of the engine at low temperatures. Click here to find such an oil.

The second generation’s 2.0L and 2.5L turbo engines require an oil viscosity grade of SAE 0W-20. Click here to find such an oil.

Also read: Types Of Gas A GMC Acadia Takes (All Generations)

What Is The Oil Capacity Of a GMC Acadia?

The Oil Capacity of a car is the amount of oil needed by the car’s engine to run optimally. The tables below summarize the oil capacities of the various models of GMC Acadia.

Gen 1 (2007 – 2016)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
4.6L V6 Engine6 Qt.


Gen 2 (2017 – Present)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
2.0L L4 Engine5.4 Qt.
2.5L L4 Engine FWD5 Qt.
2.5L L4 Engine AWD6 Qt.
3.6L V6 Engine6 Qt.

When To Change The Oil Of A GMC Acadia?­

The Engine Oil Life System determines when an oil change is required. It makes the calculations based on several factors such as the engine revolutions, engine temperature, and miles driven. Thus, the recommended time between oil changes can vary greatly.

The oil must be changed within one year or 5000 km (3,000 miles). Whichever comes first. 

How To Check The Oil Level Of A GMC Acadia?

Check the engine oil level regularly, such as at every fuel stop. Ensure the vehicle is on level ground to get accurate readings. Follow the steps below to check the oil level.

Get the engine running long enough, so it is fully warmed up. Then switch the engine off and wait several minutes, so the oil drains back into the oil pan. Pull out the dipstick using the loop handle and clean it with a towel or cloth. Insert the dipstick back in completely. Remove it again and check the oil level.

The dipstick has a cross-hatched area. If the oil level is below the cross-hatched area, add one quart of the recommended oil and recheck the level.

How To Reset The Oil Level / Oil Life Of A GMC Acadia?

The Engine Oil Life System has to be reset once the Change Engine Oil message has been displayed. Follow the steps below to reset the system once the engine oil has been changed.

Turn the ignition to ON/RUN and press the “vehicle information” button until “OIL LIFE REMAINING” displays. Hold the set/reset button until “100%” is displayed. There will be three chimes, and the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message will disappear. Turn the key to LOCK/OFF.