The GMC Acadia continues to be an excellent choice for families. The 2017 model has the safety features, space and cargo room that anyone with kids would want. A major selling point is that the family-focused crossover earned a 2017 Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received “good” ratings in five different crashworthiness tests. It also received an “advanced” rating for front crash prevention, which is required in order to qualify for the designation. What also makes the second-generation Acadia an attractive choice is that it’s now smaller and lighter. It’s therefore more fuel efficient than previous models.
“The new Acadia captures a greater feeling of refinement, in everything from the responsive feeling behind the wheel to the way passengers interact with its intuitive features,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer for compact and crossover SUVs at General Motors. “It’s a vehicle that offers the functionality Acadia is known for, while delivering big advantages and balance to customers’ everyday lives.”
The second-generation Acadia comes in multiple trim levels. The All Terrain model, meanwhile, is new for 2017 while the Denali continues to top out the range.
The 2017 model is still instantly recognizable as an Acadia. The company, however, says that it offers a greater emphasis on refinement.
“It’s a confident design influenced by extensive customer input,” said Helen Emsley, executive director of global design and user experience for GMC. “The original Acadia was very truck-inspired, but the new model has a decidedly SUV influence conveyed in sculptural details, softened corners and a sleeker windshield angle.”
The range-topping Acadia Denali is distinguished by premium cues. GMC says like all Denali models, it features a dimensional chrome grille, integrated chrome side trim, chrome-accented door handles, a chrome lower-rear fascia and specific six-spoke wheels.
The new All Terrain model also stands out from the rest of the Acadia lineup with its “blacked out” look. It features a body-color grille surround, black chrome trim and unique wheels.
Depending on the model, the 2017 Acadia comes with space for five, six or seven passengers. GMC says the SUV’s interior offers greater flexibility than the previous generation. The curbside seat, for example, is able to slide and tilt forward while the driver-side section also tips and slides for easier access to the third row. There’s no problem packing cargo in the vehicle, either. The third-row seat is able to fold completely flat. That makes stacking items in the back a breeze. When the second row is also folded, there’s 79 cubic feet of space. There are plenty of other places to store items in the vehicle as well. The rear of the center console features a pull-out storage drawer. Rear-seat passengers can easily access it. It’s an excellent spot for passengers to stick their smaller items like electronic devices. It’s also a great place for kids to stick their toys.
GMC says all Acadia trim levels feature unique interior color and trim combinations. They also incorporate authentic aluminum trim. As for technology, an 8-inch touchscreen display is available. It offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Additional features include 5 USB ports and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The 2017 Acadia is built on a new, lighter body structure. It’s 700 pounds lighter than the previous model. GMC says it pays dividends at the gas pump. It’s also shorter and narrower, which GMC says allows for easier turning and parking. The 2017 Acadia has a wheelbase of 112.5 inches. That’s about 6.5 inches shorter than the wheelbase of the previous model.
The 2017 model comes with two new powertrains. It features a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine as standard. It produces 193 horsepower and offers 188 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive models get an EPA estimated 21 miles per gallon city. A new 3.6-liter V6 is also available. It churns out 310 horsepower and gets 271 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions and an electronically controlled drive mode selector. Front-wheel drive models offer 2×4, Snow, Sport and Trailer/Tow modes. AWD models, meanwhile, offer 2×4, 4×4, Sport, Off Road and Trailer/Tow modes.
Because the midsize SUV was designed with families in mind, GMC made sure to offer an expanded range of active safety features with its 2017 Acadia. New available safety features include Front Pedestrian Braking, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Forward Automatic Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Surround Vision and Safety Alert Seat. The vehicle continues to offer Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Front and Rear Parking Assist.
Other neat safety features include a standard rear seat alert which can remind the driver when an item, or more importantly a child, may have been left in the second or third-row seats. Teen Driver is also available. The built-in system provides parents with a report card of sorts to help them stay informed about what their teens are doing behind the wheel when they’re not in the vehicle with them.
While the second-generation Acadia is lighter and smaller than the previous generation, the midsize crossover, in certain models, is still able to fit up to seven passengers. The trade-off, of course, is that it’s more fuel efficient. That saves families dollars at the gas pump. It’s also easier to maneuver while still being powerful. Of course, there remains plenty of cargo space so families don’t have to worry about being able to fit their luggage. While the Acadia has been on the market for a while now, GMC says it remains just as popular.
“GMC is a strong, growing premium brand and the Acadia is a cornerstone of our success story,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of sales and marketing for GMC. “Typically, a vehicle’s sales can be illustrated on a bell curve during its lifecycle, but the Acadia’s success has defied convention with impressive sustainability. It’s a shining example of GMC’s momentum.”
The 2017 Acadia has a starting MSRP of $29,070. But if you want to go with the range-topping Denali, be prepared to shell out about $16,000 more.