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2017 GMC Acadia: Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2017 GMC Acadia is a fully redesigned version of GMC’s popular 3-row crossover. Featuring a new look, an upgraded interior, revised engine choices and smaller sizing compared to last year’s Acadia, the latest model is more maneuverable, more modern and more advanced than the outgoing version.

Although the Acadia generally keeps its overall profile the same, major changes come to the exterior. There are modern new lines, a new front and rear end design and the SUV simply looks newer, which is a good thing, since the outgoing model came out way back in late 2006. The same goes for the inside, where the Acadia boasts a handsome new interior with a split-folding second row that tilts and slides. The only downside is you can no longer buy an Acadia with its unique 8-passenger seating, as the crossover is now strictly a 7-seater.

Under the hood, the Acadia engine lineup expands with a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder for drivers especially interested in fuel economy. While General Motors hasn’t announced the power output of the engine, the automaker says Acadia models equipped with it will achieve up to 28 miles per gallon in highway driving. The formerly standard 3.6-liter V6 gains a power boost of around 20 horsepower to a total of 310 hp.

As for new features, the Acadia offers a lot of high-tech gadgets. It now touts automatic high beams, GM’s Safety Alert Seat, a following distance indicator, forward-collision warning and a 360-degree surround-view camera system. There’s also a new All-Terrain model with some off-road goodies and, most importantly, an impressive size and weight loss. The new Acadia sheds 700 pounds, and it drops 7.2 inches in length to reach a more midsize SUV-like 193.4 inches.

How Much?

While GMC hasn’t officially announced the 2017 Acadia’s pricing, we suspect it’ll be similar to today’s starting figure of around $31,900 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Spring 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

The outgoing Acadia was an impressive vehicle in the sense that it offered a 10-year-old design and still managed to be a sales success. The 2017 GMC Acadia seems to deserve that success even more, touting a long list of new features, more manageable dimensions and more modern styling, not to mention a more efficient engine option. We think the Acadia will offer a strong competitor to popular midsize crossovers, like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander, when it reaches dealers this spring.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Ford Explorer — The newly updated Ford Explorer boasts 4- or 6-cylinder power, 3-row seating and many modern safety and convenience gadgets.

2016 Honda Pilot — The recently redesigned Honda Pilot is a popular choice for families interested in a practical crossover. It offers simple trim levels, reasonable pricing and a lot of modern gadgets and features.

2016 Toyota Highlander — The Highlander is a highly popular midsize crossover that also offers 4-cylinder power, 3-row seating and many modern safety features. There’s even a hybrid version for drivers especially interested in fuel economy.

Used GMC Yukon — If you like the Acadia’s styling and interior layout, but you need more space, consider the larger GMC Yukon or the even larger Yukon XL. Both are pricey, though, so you may need to choose a used model instead.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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