2017 GMC Acadia Review


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2017 GMC Acadia Overview

The second-generation 2017 GMC Acadia midsize crossover, unveiled at this year’s Detroit Auto Show and scheduled to go on sale this spring, is touted to be a far cry from the nearly ten-year-old introductory version currently in dealer showrooms. However, a number of reviewers have noted that some of the redesign's numerous upgrades might fall short of consumer expectations.

For one thing, the 2017 Acadia loses a seat, meaning it will now offer seating to anywhere from 5 to 7 passengers, down from the current edition’s 8-passenger capacity. It has also shrunk considerably, with a wheelbase some six inches shorter than that of the current Acadia, resulting in decreased overall length, width, and height. The good news is that the 2017 Acadia will have an easier time fitting into tight parking spots or a cluttered garage. The bad news, of course, is the noticeable drop in interior space.

In any case, GMC justifiably claims that the 2017 Acadia’s weight loss (just over 700 pounds), new (standard) inline 4-cylinder powerplant, upgraded (optional) V6 powerplant, and revamped selectable drive modes will result in better fuel efficiency and improved agility.

The 2017 Acadia is also slated to debut a traction-oriented All Terrain trim that will join a lineup expected to again include the base SL, lower-midlevel SLE and SLE 2, upper-midlevel SLT and SLT 2, and flagship Acadia Denali. Price-wise, the new All Terrain trim finds itself slotted just below the Denali. All trims other than the All Terrain will again be offered with standard front-wheel drive (FWD), while full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) remains available on all trims other than the entry-level SL. The All Terrain includes standard AWD.

Enhancements to the 2017 Acadia’s profile include restyled grilles and wheels, a wrap-around rear window configuration, reworked headlight bezels, and a new taillight arrangement. The Denali gets a number of additional chrome accents.

Also new in the 2017 Acadia Denali is a standard Variable Ride Control system boasting automatic suspension damping, while the All Terrain will sport unique exterior and interior accents, rear storage bins in place of the third-row seat, and a beefed-up AWD system with improved all-terrain capabilities thanks to an active twin-clutch transaxle.

Look for the new non-turbocharged 2.5-liter I4 engine to be mated with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, putting out 194 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. Though EPA mileage estimates are not yet available, GMC claims the I4 (which includes standard automatic stop/start technology) will get 22 mpg city/28 highway/24 combined with FWD. Not bad for a midsized crossover, though reviewers warn that the acceleration probably won’t be much to write home about.

The available up-powered 3.6-liter V6 engine adds some 29 hp to the current V6’s numbers, for a total of 310 hp. The V6 is also hooked to the 6-speed shiftable automatic, producing 271 lb-ft of torque. GMC boasts that V6 FWD Acadias will achieve 25 mpg on the highway.

The 2017 Acadia's interior remains well-equipped, at least in the higher trims. The second-generation is slated to introduce newly redesigned split-folding second-row seats that allow easier access to the third row, along with a new rear-seat alert consisting of a warning chime and message on the driver information screen, which alerts the driver when items (or small children) have been left in the rear seats. Cargo capacity measures out to 79 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded.

Of course, all 2017 Acadia variations will again tote Bluetooth-integrated OnStar directions and connections technology, with higher trims packing standard IntelliLink smartphone apps. GM’s state-of-the-art 4G LTE WiFi hotspot capability is optional.

Also debuting aboard specified 2017 Acadia trims are a number of new safety features, including front automatic pedestrian braking, low-speed automatic frontal braking (collision mitigation), a following-distance indicator, automatic high-beam headlights, a Surround Vision camera system, and GM’s Safety Alert driver’s seat. Returning standard safety equipment across the entire Acadia lineup should include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, side-mounted and 3-row head curtain airbags, and, in higher trims, turn-signal-integrated mirrors. The 2017 Acadia Denali is expected to add standard high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights.

GMC’s 2017 Acadia will face a number of challengers in this competitive segment, including the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Dodge Durango, as well as GM's own Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave. Each of these options deserves a look by the budget-minded family.


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