After being nearly a decade on the market, GM has finally decided to renovate its 2017 GMC Acadia model which is its largest crossover SUV in the lineup. They have incorporated a design which includes using a thinner but a lot stronger chassis which is made out of strength steel. This drops the overall weight of the car by 700 pounds, and when we add the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder as a standard engine offer, we immediately see to which lengths they have decided to go with by reinventing their new model.
You will still be able to carry 7 passengers inside the GMC Acadia, but the 8-passenger configuration is no longer included as an offer here. The brings the six and five seating configurations as available ones and you can use your truck and haul the people inside with this type of a setup and you still get the GMC comfort you had with the previous models as well.
The largest vehicle segment has always been a peculiar one and there are many ways one could make their own model a prominent one. GMC is making its Acadia a technological wonder and blends it with great design and various capabilities that other do not have, which is most apparent with the highest Denali trim level.
Currently, compared to the competition, the 2017 GMC Acadia is positioned somewhere between the midsize Terrain model and the full-size Yukon, but it does manage to offer better divining capabilities, especially maneuvering and a lot better fuel economy specs which goes a long way in this segment.
The current Acadia has been on the market since 2007 and has gone unchanged, thus the 2017 GMC Acadia is going to be a car which sells as the fans have been hoping for an update for quite some time now. The Buick Enclave and the Chevy Traverse may have gone through similar changes but still need a bit more to push them to the level this model has reached, especially when we consider the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali trim. Read more about the release date and other news in this review.
Based on the exterior design of the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali, we see that they designers have started from scratch and a clean sheet of paper. Thanks to some sharer lines and squared-off wheel wells but also a more sloped windshield design, we get a more attractive and good looking model. The model is also 7.2 inches shorter front to back, 3.5 inches narrower, and 3.9 inches shorter in height than before, making it seem slimmer rather than overweight as it was before.
As for the Denali trim, it is still going to retain some of its trademark characteristics that distinguish it from other forms of the Acadia model. Of course is still uses the iconic cheese grader grille which is chrome matted. Chrome is also visible on the door handles and the lower rear fascia parts and also has the unique six-spoke wheels which only the Denali models have within the Acadia lineup. The wheels are available in 17-, 18-, and 20-inch sizes. HIDs come standard from the Denali and are optional for other models, but every trim level in turn uses the LED daytime running lights.
The interior of the 2017 GMC Acadia does not go without its updates and changes. It has changed as much as the outside did as they also included a lot of updates for the interior of the model. First of all, it has a brand new shape which is complemented by some features that we have seen in the previous models. These are the dual-zone climate controls, the eight-inch IntelliLink infotainment screen and steering wheel. The driver will benefit from the use of the full-color TFT display with a gauge cluster which offers menu settings and multiple gauge views.
The rear seat configuration is entirely new for the 2017 version. It has the a three-person bench seat or as two captains chairs configuration offered. The third row of seats comes optional and can seat two passengers. A new track system for the second row seats makes the entry to the third row of seats much easier now. The All Terrain trim is the only one that does not provide the third row of seats and eliminates that option entirely. The 2017 GMC Acadia Denali also comes with 79 cubic feet of cargo room with both the second and third rows folded flat.
Besides the Denali trim which has always been the highest one on the list of buyers and on the list of offerings, the 2017 GMC Acadia will offer a number of other ones available. These include the SLE and SLT but also the all new All Terrain trim which is making its debut with the 2017 model.
Wheelbase: 118.9 in
Length: 200.8 in
Width: 78.9 in
Passenger volume: 151.8 ft³
Cargo volume: 24.1 ft³
Curb weight: 4850 lbs
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: N/A sec
MPG: 16/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: N/A
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
There are some big new when it concerns to what is happening under the hood of the 2017 GMC Acadia model. It features a new type of an engine introduced which is the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine spurs 194 horsepower and provides a 4,600-pound crossover, as the unofficial records state for now. This engine has an EPA rating of 22 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway, allowing a step forward when it comes to fuel efficiency of the car.
This year we also get the familiar but upgraded 3.6-liter V-6 engine. It is going to be able to reach 310 horsepower, up from 288, and also upgrades the fuel economy by reaching 25 mpg on the highway. The tow rating is a little bit down though, at 4,000 pounds, down from 5,200 pounds from last year.
Price and release date
The 2017 GMC Acadia Denali trim is going to be released the same time as all the other models and trim levels are offered as well. The release date is picked for the first quarter of 2017 and we may see it in February already. The starting price for the base version is $29,995 as base MSRP, while the Denali FWD is priced $45,845 and the AWD version is $47,845.
The closest competing vehicles are considered the Honda Pilot and the new Toyota Highlander.
Continue reading: 2017 Toyota Prius