2017 GMC Acadia

Pros: Improved maneuverability and fuel economy; good selection of available technology and safety features, availability of well-trimmed Denali model

Cons: Reduced cargo room; 3rd-row seats are cramped; some safety features restricted to higher-line trim levels

CG Says: GMC’s long-running Acadia is redesigned for 2017, undergoing a significant downsizing in the process. The new Acadia is 7.2 inches shorter in length, 6.6 inches shorter in height, and 3.5 inches narrower than the outgoing model. The smaller overall size helps reduce curb weight by about 700 pounds. Eight-passenger seating was standard on the first-generation Acadia; the new model offers 5-, 6-, and 7-passenger configurations. A 193-horsepower 2.5-liter four cylinder with fuel-saving automatic start/stop technology is the new base engine. Also available is an updated version of the previously standard 3.6-liter V-6, now with cylinder deactivation and rated at 310 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic. Newly available safety features include a surround-view camera, a “Rear Seat Reminder” that sounds an alert to check the backseat for passengers before leaving the vehicle, and a forward collision mitigation system with low-speed automatic braking and pedestrian detection. OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto functionality are also available. A new All Terrain package includes unique trim and a more sophisticated all-wheel drive system than other AWD Acadias. The current Acadia gives up some passenger room and cargo space, but gains maneuverability, fuel economy, and a host of up-to-date technology features. Acadia’s tidier size puts it direct competition with the leaders of the midsize crossover segment, where it stacks up very well. For those who prefer the more generous proportions of the first-generation Acadia, it continues as the 2017 Acadia Limited (see separate report).

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer GMC
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 2WD SL: $29,070
2WD SLE-1: $32,450
AWD SLE-1: $34,450
2WD SLE-2: $35,070
AWD SLE-2: $37,070
2WD SLT-1: $38,350
AWD SLT-1: $41,450
2WD SLT-2: $41,750
AWD SLT-2: $43,750
2WD Denali: $44,920
AWD Denali: $46,920

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
193
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-26

Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
310
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

2017 All-New GMC Acadia Denali
2017 GMC Acadia Denali