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2017 GMC Acadia Review

The 2017 GMC Acadia ranks well in its class because it bundles solid safety and predicted reliability ratings with composed performance and easy-to-use features. However, its cargo space is on the small side.

Pros & Cons

  • Above-average safety and predicted reliability scores
  • Fuel-efficient base engine
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Poised handling
  • Less cargo room than some rivals
  • Somewhat small third row

Rankings & Research

The 2017 GMC Acadia's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the GMC Acadia has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.8
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2017 GMC Acadia Overview

Is the 2017 GMC Acadia a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Acadia is a good midsize SUV and a well-rounded choice in this segment. It is fully redesigned and comes with a ton of standard features, including modern tech like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There are fuel-efficient and powerful engine choices, and handling is perfectly balanced for everyday use. However, the redesigned Acadia is smaller than its predecessor, so you may want to shop around if you need tons of cargo or third-row passenger space.

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We’ve researched 21 GMC Acadia reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 GMC Acadia?

Prices for the 2017 Acadia range from about $25,000 to about $38,900, with the average price landing at around $31,100. This data comes from roughly 1,500 listings for the 2017 Acadia on our site. Exact prices depend on each vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 GMC Acadia Cost to Own?

The 2017 Acadia tends to be right in line with its primary competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, maintenance, and repair costs. You can expect to pay around $27,800 over five years for these expenses. However, estimated five-year expenses for the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse and 2017 Honda Pilot are a little lower.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Acadia?

After a full redesign for the 2017 model year, there were few notable changes to the 2018 GMC Acadia. The All Terrain model is now available with up to seven seats, and Denali models come with a heated steering wheel. A tire fill alert feature is also standard in all models. These changes probably aren't enough to justify buying a 2018 Acadia over an otherwise identical used 2017 model. The 2018 Acadia starts at $29,000, while the average price of a 2017 Acadia (taking into account all trim levels) is around $31,000. You'll get more bang for your buck by shopping used.

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Currently, about two-thirds of the new midsize SUVs on the market have base prices that are lower than the average price of a used 2017 Acadia. You’ll want to consider a high-ranking vehicle like the 2018 Kia Sorento (MSRP: $25,900), but be prepared to spend much more than the base price to get comparable infotainment features to the average-priced Acadia.

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Which Model Year of the GMC Acadia Is Best?

The GMC Acadia is fully redesigned for the 2017 model year. Its long list of improvements will likely make it a better buy than models in the previous generation. There are two engine options available: a 193-horsepower four-cylinder and a new 310-horsepower V6. They replace the sole available V6 in the 2016 Acadia, and they both get better fuel economy. The 2017 Acadia’s maximum cargo space is about 37 cubic feet less than the 2016 model’s, and the new generation only seats up to seven people (versus eight in the older models). Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an infotainment system with a larger touch screen were added to the standard features list for 2017, and driver assistance features like automatic braking and lane keep assist were introduced for the first time.

Still, you will likely save heaps of cash if you shop for a 2016 or older Acadia. There were few major changes to the model between its 2013 refresh and 2016, so a 2014 or 2015 Acadia may be a better deal than a 2016 model.

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Which Used GMC Acadia Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 GMC Acadia is available in SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, All Terrain, and Denali trim levels. Most shoppers should be OK with the Acadia's base SL trim. It's filled with lots of standard features that are merely options in other midsize SUVs. One drawback of the SL trim is that it isn't available with all-wheel drive or the V6 engine. You'll have to find at least an SLE-2 model if you're looking for either of those features.

Those who want added safety with driver assistance features should buy the SLT-2 trim for its long list of crash avoidance systems, including forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, and low-speed automatic emergency braking. The SLT-2 also comes standard with the V6 engine and includes amenities from the SLT-1 trim, including leather upholstery and an eight-speaker premium Bose stereo.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 GMC Acadia?

The 2017 GMC Acadia has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. A score of three is considered average across the industry.

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2017 GMC Acadia Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are two open recalls for the 2017 Acadia. One deals with a part of the driveshaft that may break or separate. If this happens while you’re driving, the vehicle could lose propulsion, increasing the risk of a crash. If parked on a grade without the emergency brake engaged, the SUV could roll away. Another recall addresses a problem with the front brake calipers: they can leak fluid and hinder performance, increasing the risk of a crash.

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What Does GMC's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

GMC offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned models, GMC extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date. CPO models also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Qualifying vehicles also get free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles. GMC CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read GMC’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, GMC has a decent CPO program compared with other affordable car manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Acadia?

The 2017 GMC Acadia has some of the highest overall safety scores in its class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Acadia a five-star overall safety rating, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Acadia earned the highest rating of Good in five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, and it was named a 2017 Top Safety Pick.

A rearview camera is standard in the 2017 Acadia. Available safety features include front pedestrian braking, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, automatic pre-collision braking, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. The Acadia's most notable and innovative feature for 2017 is an all-new standard rear-seat reminder system. To help keep you mindful of precious cargo – human or otherwise – in the rear seats, the system will remind you to check the back seats when you turn off the car.

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2017 GMC Acadia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 GMC Acadia or 2017 Chevrolet Traverse?

Until this model year, the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse were very similar General Motors products. GM redesigned the Acadia for 2017, but not the 2017 Chevy Traverse. You'll save lots of money in gas thanks to the Acadia's new fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine (with the Traverse, you're still stuck with an older, gas-guzzling V6). Even the Acadia with its V6 will save you cash compared to the 2017 Traverse. These two SUVs have a similar list of features, but many more come standard in the Acadia than in the Traverse. That includes tri-zone automatic climate control, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. There's a lot more cargo room in the Traverse, but the Acadia has more third-row legroom. Across the board, average list prices are about $5,000 cheaper for the Traverse, so you'll have to decide if it's worth spending a little more for the Acadia.

Which Is Better: 2017 GMC Acadia or 2017 Honda Pilot?

The 2017 Honda Pilot is another SUV that ranks closely to the Acadia. It comes standard with a V6 engine that gets better mileage than the Acadia's V6. For a rather hefty SUV, the Pilot handles well and maintains a smooth ride quality. The Pilot offers seating for up to eight and has one of the most adult-friendly third rows in the class. You'll also get more cargo space and an extra 1,000 pounds of towing capacity with the eight-seat Pilot. While the base Pilot trim is slim on tech, all Acadia models have cool amenities like a touch screen and smartphone integration. The Pilot’s high cost of ownership, mainly driven by depreciation, holds it back in our rankings. Still, either SUV is a fine choice in the class.

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2017 Acadia Performance

How Does the 2017 GMC Acadia Drive?

Powering the 2017 Acadia is a standard four-cylinder engine that makes 197 horsepower. It delivers decent acceleration for trips across the city, but you should go with the available 310-horsepower V6 if you spend a lot of time driving on the highway. The V6 is also more refined and quieter than the four-cylinder. You can find the V6 engine in certain SLE-2 and SLT-1 models, and in all higher trims. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) are available.

The Acadia's handling feels secure through turns, especially compared to the 2016 model. Its responsive steering makes it easy to navigate twisty roads or maneuver in small areas, like parking garages. The Acadia also absorbs bumpy roads well, so you and your passengers remain undisturbed on less-than-ideal pavement.

Does the 2017 GMC Acadia Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its standard four-cylinder engine, the 2017 Acadia gets up to 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. That's about average fuel economy for the class. All-wheel-drive models lose 1 mpg on the highway. The V6 Acadia gets up to 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. You'll spend around $200 more on gas each year with the V6 than you would with the four-cylinder. It's up to you whether the V6's added power and refinement are worth the trade-off of added fuel costs.

The Acadia's V6's fuel economy is also midrange compared to competitors that are only available with a V6 engine. The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse gets 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, while the 2017 Honda Pilot gets up to 20/27 mpg city/highway.

2017 GMC Acadia Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 Acadia can tow up to 4,000 pounds. That's less than the 5,000-pound capacity of the 2017 Honda Pilot or the 5,200-pound rating of the 2017 Chevy Traverse, but it's still enough to pull a small boat on a trailer.

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2017 Acadia Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Acadia Seat?

Depending on the trim, the 2017 Acadia seats five, six, or seven people. In its standard configuration, the base model has a third-row bench seat to accommodate up to seven occupants. Some models replace the second-row bench with captain's chairs, which reduces capacity to six. The new-for-2017 All Terrain model has seating for five. Cloth seating is standard. Power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats are available.

There's good headroom for tall adults in the Acadia's third row, though their knees might be cramped if another tall adult is sitting in the second-row seat and slides it backward. Smaller adults will find the space comfortable, but others may not want to be back there for more than a quick errand. Outward visibility in the Acadia is good.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 GMC Acadia?

The Acadia has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, with one on each of the second-row outboard seats. There's an upper tether anchor on each of the third-row seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Acadia's LATCH system a score of Acceptable (the second-highest score offered). The lower anchors are located deep in the seat cushions, but once you find them, it's easy to maneuver your hands around and attach the straps with little effort. The second-row tether anchors are clearly marked and easy to find, but the third-row upper tethers can be mistaken for other pieces of hardware.

2017 GMC Acadia Features

Standard features in the 2017 Acadia include tri-zone automatic climate control, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, proximity-key entry, push-button start, a 7-inch touch screen with IntelliLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include remote start, a dual-panel sunroof, navigation, HD Radio, an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and an 8-inch touch screen.

Few other midsize SUVs have base trims that come with as many features as the GMC Acadia. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can use some of your smartphone's apps right on the touch screen. The Acadia's touch screen has large icons, and the system responds quickly to your inputs. Supplementary physical buttons for controlling audio and climate settings provide a way for you to make adjustments without looking away from the road.

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2017 GMC Acadia Dimensions

GMC Acadia Cargo Space

The 2017 Acadia's cargo area is significantly smaller than the 2016 Acadia's. There's only 12.8 cubic feet of space when the third row is in use, 41.7 cubic feet with the last row folded, and a maximum of 79 cubic feet with both rear rows of seats folded. Power and hands-free liftgates are available.

2017 Acadia Length and Weight

The 2017 Acadia is about 16.2 feet long. The base model has a curb weight of 3,956 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 GMC Acadia Built?

The 2017 GMC Acadia was built in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

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