Families who need a capable vehicle with easy handling, good gas mileage and safety features galore – look no further than the newly revitalized GMC Acadia. Practical as ever, the 2017 version offers a quiet, comfortable ride that’s slightly smaller than its predecessor but is by no means a downgrade. Here are the top five things we love about its redesign.
- The Size
Earlier models of the GMC Acadia toed the line between mid- and large-size SUV, but with 193-inches less of overall length this model is clearly in the mid-size pack. However, with less weight to push off the curb, the engine gets much better gas mileage at an estimated 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway – a nice improvement from the 15 city/22 highway of last year’s model. It also offers a little less storage in the trunk, but GMC makes up for that by adding more storage nooks and crannies in the rear doors and even a middle-row pull-out drawer.
- The Interior Additions
With this year’s GMC Acadia, there’s a new steering wheel, a new gauge cluster, revised climate-control vents, a new, more intuitive center control stack and drastically improved materials all around giving this a slightly more upscale feel. But the focus is still on the family with five USB ports scattered throughout the car to diminish the fighting over who gets to charge their device first.
- The Engine Options
Before the Acadia only offered one engine with insignificant variability, now you can choose from two powertrain choices that each have some excellent options. Base models come standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, earning 194-horsepower and 190-pound-feet of torque which works surprisingly well with the vehicle’s smaller size. However, if you need some power to get from one soccer practice to another, you can upgrade to a 310-hp version of the old 3.6-liter V6, which now boasts up to 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway. Both are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission choice, and front- and all-wheel drive remain optional.
- The Behind-the-Wheel Experience
Thanks to the little diet the 2017 model went on, the handling and cornering capability is much improved from previous models. It feels lighter and smaller and with the upgraded engine option; you have plenty of passing power and better acceleration, but inside the vehicle is nicer too, thanks to higher quality materials and improved noise canceling while on the road.
- The Safety Tech
In this category, the 2016 model was actually pretty up-to-date so GMC didn’t have to add much. Yet the new Acadia boasts a helpful surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and forward-collision warning with automatic braking. With a growing family in the car, it’s easy to get distracted, so the Acadia has you covered to help prevent accidents. There’s also a neat new feature that reminds drivers to check the back seat before leaving their vehicle to prevent children or valuable items from being accidentally left behind. They really did try to think of everything.
While the new 2017 GMC Acadia doesn’t look significantly different from last year’s model, there are plenty of quality improvements that distinguish it to the trained eye. With better maneuverability, better gas mileage, and better options this is absolutely an upgrade to the vehicle despite the downsizing.
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