A Closer Look at the 2017 GMC Acadia

2017 GMC Acadia
General Motors

GMC is set to launch a redesigned version of their popular Acadia for the 2017 model year, but is the 2017 Acadia worth the wait, or is the 2016 Acadia a better choice for you and your family?

The difference between the two model years is significant. In addition to bold new looks, the 2017 Acadia is lighter, more fuel efficient, and less expensive than the 2016 version. Let’s take a look at how these two models compare.

What’s New?

The 2017 Acadia is 700 pounds lighter than the 2016 model. (Click here to see more GMC Acadia reviews.) It is also more than 6 inches shorter, 3 inches narrower, and 3 inches lower. The smaller size reduces cargo and passenger space, though fuel economy improves.

The 2017 Acadia is more versatile, with five-, six-, and seven-passenger seating arrangements. There’s a new All Terrain trim that doesn’t have a third row but offers a large cargo area for those who like rugged adventure. The third row in the other trims only seats two, which means the 2017 Acadia no longer has an eight-passenger capacity. 

Powertrain

2017 GMC Acadia
General Motors

There are two new engines available in the 2017 Acadia. It comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 194 horsepower. This is the first time the Acadia has had a four-cylinder engine.

There is an optional 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower, 29 more than the V6 in last year’s Acadia. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available with both engines.

Fuel Economy

When a vehicle drops weight and gains a new powertrain, a fuel economy improvement is expected. The 2017 Acadia delivers.

The EPA ratings for the front-wheel drive, four-cylinder 2017 Acadia are 21/26 mpg city/highway. The all-wheel drive, four-cylinder version gets 21/25. Meanwhile, the new V6 Acadia gets an EPA estimate of 18/25 mpg city/highway with front- or all-wheel drive. The 2016 Acadia with a V6 and front-wheel drive was rated at only 17/24 mpg city/highway, so even the more-powerful V6 engine has improved fuel economy compared to last year. Part of the fuel economy improvement is due to the addition of engine stop/start technology, which shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped.

Safety

As is the case with most vehicle upgrades, safety is a big focus of some of the new additions to the 2017 Acadia. There is an expanded range of active safety features that use sensors and cameras to help the driver stay alert and avoid accidents.

Some of the sensor-based safety features that can be found on the 2017 Acadia include a following distance indicator (anti-tailgating), automatic braking (available only on the Denali trim), automatic high beams, a front pedestrian braking system, a safety alert seat, which vibrates to alert the driver of a hazard in the road ahead, and a 360-degree camera system that shows what is around you while parking.

New Design Features

2017 GMC Acadia
General Motors

The 2017 Acadia has dramatically different styling both inside and out. Outside, there are a new grille and wraparound HID headlamps. LED tail lights are now standard for all trims.

Inside, aluminum trim has been added as an accent to some new interior colors. The Denali trim features all-new high-end materials to justify its higher price tag. The second row is offered as a bench (for three passengers) or two captain's chairs. The 2017 Acadia also has a new split-folding second row seating option. This allows easier access to the third row and gives front-row passengers easier access to small children who may need attention in the second-row seats. You can simply slide the seat closer for easier access.

Price

The 2017 GMC Acadia comes in five basic trims: SL, SLE, SLT, All Terrain, and Denali. The front-wheel drive 2017 Acadia will have a base price of $29,070, which is $1,905 less than last year’s base price. The Acadia is available with a number of new features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a slew of the aforementioned safety features.

The base price of the Denali trim with front-wheel drive is $44,920. The new All Terrain trim comes standard with all-wheel drive and will be priced at $39,115. The new Acadia is expected to go on sale late this spring.

Wait for the '17 or Buy the '16?

The 2017 Acadia is significantly smaller and lighter than the previous model. For those who want a vast amount of interior space and eight-passenger seating, the 2017 may not be the right choice. Additionally, if you're interested in a GMC Acadia lease or purchase deal, you're likely to get better incentives on the 2016 model than the 2017. (Click here to see GMC Acadia sales incentives.)

However, the modern improvements in design, the improved fuel economy, and the lower price make it an attractive option for those who want a refined, family-sized crossover with rugged abilities.

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