The 2017 GMC Acadia is the first of the vehicles in GM’s midsize crossover lineup. The new Acadia telegraphs changes coming for the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave in the coming years.
It’s one of the most popular cars in GMC’s lineup, and a good part of the reason the brand still exists. In 2015, GMC sold nearly 100,000 Acadias, making it a critical component for GMC’s future. It’s telling that 30 percent of those vehicles were full-on luxurious Denali versions, meaning that GMC is going to pull out all the stops to make the new Acadia as loaded up as possible. A new All Terrain trim edges into the “off-road” territory, as well.
Like the F-150, the new Acadia loses 700 pounds versus the current model, but does so with conventional steel rather than aluminum. Two new engines debut for 2017: the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is the base mill, offering an estimated 28 mpg on the highway for front-wheel drive models (EPA estimate not yet available; estimate is based on GM testing). City fuel economy GM estimates at 22 mpg (FWD), generated in part thanks to stop/start technology.
Moving up the scale, new, available 3.6L V-6 engine provides 301hp, while still providing 25mpg on the highway in FWD models. The engine allows the Acadia to haul a maximum 4,000 pounds worth of snowmobiles or Jet Skis.
Inside, the standard rear seat is a split-folding second row. The third row folds flat into the floor providing substantial cargo volume. With the second row folded, Acadia owners have a generous 79 cubic feet of cargo volume.
Safety technology abounds, with features like lane keeping assist, pedestrian detection, low-speed automatic braking (Standard on SLT-2 and Denali), and Forward Automatic Braking (optional on Denali).
One unique, relatively low tech safety solution is called Rear Seat Reminder. Open the rear doors and the Acadia automatically reminds you to check the back seat for children when you turn the car off. It’s a simple reminder that doesn’t differentiate between a child and your topcoat left back there, but GM’s top man Mark Reuss suggests that it’s a hint at what GMC is working on in future models.
The new All Terrain model includes an exclusive all wheel drive system with an active twin clutch, and enhanced off-road capability with an all-terrain mode.
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