2017 GMC Acadia
Most people, as well as most vehicles, are feeling the social pressure to slim down these days. And some of biggest losses are coming from utilities; like the GMC Acadia crossover. It’s all-new for 2017, and 700 pounds lighter!
Much of that loss comes from a major shift in direction for Acadia. It’s down 7 inches in length, 3 and a half inches in width, and nearly 4 inches in height. So, it’s now aimed right at popular rivals Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, as well as the new Mazda CX-9. With that slimming, maximum cargo capacity also drops to a still fine 79 cubic feet.
Visually, the new Acadia is still familiar inside and out, yet also nicely improved.
LAUREN MORRISON: “The interior of this generation of the Acadia has a softer look to it, from the dashboard to the steering wheel. Everything just looks and feels softer. You still have those hard aspects like the aluminum in the center console, and it still has that GMC look and feel, but overall, it’s just…a softer look.”
JOHN DAVIS: Engine choices include a first-time 4-cylinder; a 2.5-liter with 194 horsepower. Plus a familiar 3.6-liter V6 now uprated to 310 horsepower. Both attach to a six speed automatic with available all-wheel drive.
There is of course a high-zoot Denali model, which retains all the material quality and visual cues it’s known for.
But new for the 2017 Acadia is an All-Terrain package. In addition to its own unique visual cues, the Acadia All Terrain gets a beefed-up all-wheel drive system, and 20 inch wheels.
On sale now, the 2017 GMC Acadia starts around $30,000.
Engine: 2.5 liter / 3.6 liter
Horsepower: 194 / 310
Price: Starts around $30,000