The GMC Acadia is all-new for 2017. It benefits from an attractive facelift, lots of new features, and a new All Terrain trim level for those who spend more time off-road than cruising the highway.
Buyers have their choice of five different trims, starting with the Acadia SL at $29,995. This is the most basic version of the Acadia and it won’t get you all the bells and whistles you’ll find on the more expensive trims.
The new off-road ready All Terrain comes in at $40,040 while the snazziest version of the Acadia, the Denali, comes in at $47,845. That’s almost 20 grand more than the base model, but GMC packs plenty of features into their top trim levels to make them worth the money.
The Denali has premium exterior details including chrome accents on the door handles, grille, and exhaust tips along with HID headlamps, LED lighting and 20-inch six-spoke wheels. The Denali badge is also prominently displayed in chrome along the front doors.
Inside, there are heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats. Three-zone climate control ensures everyone is comfortable and an available dual sunroof floods the cabin with light. Real wood and real aluminum accents add a touch of elegance.
The Acadia benefits from a 700-pound weight loss over the previous generation, which helps with fuel economy numbers. There are also new engine choices so you can choose more power or better fuel economy depending on your needs.
The smaller 2.5-liter I4 engine gets a GM-estimated 22 city/28 highway while the larger 3.6-liter V6 offers 17 city/25 highway. Both engines are paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
We spent our time in the V6 and found it a well-matched engine for the Acadia. It was smooth and never strained, easily moving the Acadia whether from a dead stop or at highway speeds.
The Acadia isn’t as large as the GMC Yukon, but it’s not a small crossover like the GMC Terrain either. It’s big, but it never felt bulky behind the wheel. It handles smoothly with very little body roll, even in tight corners.
The Acadia is quiet. It has seating for up to 8 passengers, which means you may have someone in the far off reaches of the third row and you may want to talk with that someone without a megaphone. Not a problem in the Acadia.
Not only can the driver carry on a conversation with people in the third row, it’s even comfortable for all but the tallest of adults. GMC has also made the third row easy to access with a new version of their Smart Slide system.
Smart Slide easily tilts and slides the second row for third-row access, and you can do this with only one hand. It’s that easy. Even better, you can leave an empty car seat installed while you slide the second row saving a huge amount of hassle for parents. When it’s time for cargo not people, the third row folds flat 50/50.
Second-row passengers get either a 60/40 split bench seat or captain’s chairs. Though you lose seating for one passenger, we found the captain’s chairs the more comfortable of the two options.
The best seats are, of course, up front with power adjustability that includes lumbar support. These are the kind of seats you could sit in for hours on a road trip and not find yourself hunched over like Quasimodo when you finally get out of the car. They were fabulous.
There’s a lot of tech packed into the Acadia, much of it designed to keep you safe including forward automatic braking and a surround vision camera. Parents will like the new rear seat alert, which helps make sure you never accidentally leave anything or anyone in the car. It activates when the rear doors are opened during loading. When you arrive at your destination and turn off the car, a chime sounds and a reminder flashes on the instrument cluster to check the rear seats.
The new drive mode selector offers a choice of Normal, Snow, Sport, and Trailer/Tow modes to optimize the Acadia’s handling for different road conditions. All-wheel-drive models offer 2×4, 4×4, Off Road, and Trailer/Tow modes while the All-Terrain takes it even further.
The new All Terrain model is geared toward off-road enthusiasts. It ditches the chrome accents in favor of black trims and has an advanced version of the Acadia’s all-wheel-drive system. It offers improved grip and better capability for climbing. It also ditches the tird row in favor of covered storage bins.
The 2017 GMC Acadia looks better, drives better, and offers a wider range of options this year than ever before. Whether you’re looking to drive through the dirt on weekends or tackle a rush hour commute, the 2017 GMC Acadia is ready for your family.