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2017 GMC Acadia Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 GMC Acadia was new.


Interior: 8.2

The 2017 GMC Acadia redesign features improved interior materials and styling, including attractive trims and finishes. While you may not be bowled over by the Acadia's interior materials and styling, particularly in the lower trims, they are still impressive and appropriate for the class. The third row has good headroom, and the seats are well-cushioned, but some adults will find the space cramped on longer trips.

  • "All trim levels have an attractive interior with a number of interesting films and accent stitching." -- Motor Trend
  • "The cabin is pitch-perfect for this quasi-premium CUV, with comfortingly familiar GM switchgear embedded in high-quality, inoffensive materials. It's like a hotel room at an upscale major national chain." -- Autoblog
  • "The purposeful yet classy interior design incorporates numerous soft-touch points, the brushed-aluminum trim really is aluminum, and Denali models are dressed up with real-wood inserts." -- Car and Driver
  • "On the lower trim levels, the plastics and materials aren't quite up to snuff, but the overall package is still miles ahead of the ancient Lambda-platform SUVs." -- Automobile Magazine


The base 2017 GMC Acadia has seating for seven occupants, while models equipped with optional captain's chairs can accommodate six. The new All Terrain model has seating for five. A sliding and reclining second row is standard. Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel are available.

While some smaller adults may be comfortable in the Acadia's third row for a good amount of time, others will find the space cramped when there for more than a brief period. Still, the seats have decent cushioning and plenty of headroom for a six-footer who doesn’t mind cramped knees. The Acadia also has good outward visibility.

  • "Where the outgoing SUV was sold in mandatory seven- or eight-seat configuration, the 2017 Acadia is available in just five-seat form when equipped with the new All-Terrain package, putting an emphasis on usable space and cargo rather than on hauling the kiddos. When included, third-row space is predictably uncomfortable for full-sized adults, but it would work in a pinch for a quick jaunt out to lunch." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The relatively low beltline opens up the Acadia's greenhouse, and, aside from chunky D-pillars that obstruct the rear quarters, outward visibility is good." -- Car and Driver
  • "The two-seat bench in the way back has sufficient padding and ample headroom, but sits low. It can accommodate a 6-footer, however, sitting with knees high behind another tall adult in the sliding and reclining second row." -- Cars.com
  • "While there's undoubtedly less shoulder room than in the old Acadia, the remarkable thing is that you can fit a not-exceptionally-sized person in any of the places and they'll be comfortable for a not-insignificant amount of time. That period of time increases drastically as you head towards the bow of this ship." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The 2017 Acadia comes standard with a rearview camera, push-button start, automatic tri-zone climate control, satellite radio, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touch screen with IntelliLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Available features include remote start, front pedestrian braking, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, rear park assist, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, lane keep assist, a dual-panel sunroof, navigation, an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.

New for 2017 is a standard rear-seat alert system that reminds you to check behind you to make sure you haven't left something, or worse, someone, in the back seats. If you open one of the rear doors before you start driving, the system will alert you to check the rear rows when you turn off the car. 

The touch screen's icons are large and easy to see, and they quickly respond to your touch. When you don't want to look away from the road to use the touch screen, you can use the supplementary physical knobs and buttons to adjust radio settings or to get you back to the main menu.

See 2017 GMC Acadia specs and trims »

  • "Thoughtful amenities dot the cabin, including lots of storage cubbies, five USB ports, climate controls, and a 110-volt outlet for the second row. Because, sadly, forgetting to remove children from cars is a real thing, the new Acadia features an industry-first rear-seat reminder, which flashes and sounds a warning to check the back rows when the vehicle is shutting down." -- Car and Driver
  • "A 7-inch touch-screen with GMC's IntelliLink system is standard on SL and SLE trims, and an 8-inch unit is optional on the SLE and standard on SLT and Denali models. The screen has big, clear buttons and menus and was responsive. Ease of use is complemented by mechanical knobs for volume and tuning, and physical buttons for Home and Back as well as basic audio functions." -- Cars.com
  • "The recast dash matches good legibility with user-friendly controls and boasts an 8.0-inch touchscreen, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability, plus a new SHOP feature to the GMC IntelliLink system that allows owners to download approved apps to personalize their vehicles." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "You're far more likely to forget your leftover shrimp tacos or gym bag than your offspring, for example, and the [rear seat alert system] is equally useful no matter what you're in the habit of hauling around." -- Left Lane News


Behind its third row, the Acadia has 12.8 cubic feet of cargo room, 41.7 with the third row folded, and 79 with both the second and third rows folded. While the outgoing Acadia had one of the highest cargo capacities in the class, the smaller dimensions of the 2017 model mean there is much less cargo space. If you need a few more cubic feet of storage, consider the Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander, which both offer more than 83 cubic feet of space. For maximum cargo space, check out the Chevrolet Traverse, which has 116.3 cubic feet of room.  

When you fold the Acadia's second and third rows, you get a flat load floor, and beneath it are two convenient storage compartments for stashing small items. Storage space for smaller items is pretty good, with plenty of cup holders and a large drawer for rear-seat passengers to use.

  • "Cargo volume behind the front row drops from 116 cubic feet to just 79, but clever packaging retains lots of usable space. The second- and third-row seats both fold flat with little fuss, and there are two underfloor storage bins for smaller items." -- Car and Driver
  • "Their customers rarely use the third row but like the fact it is there. And because the third row spends most of the time folded down, cargo room is sufficient. The second and third rows fold flat to offer 79 cubic feet of space – similar to the Toyota Highlander and other key competitors – and the second row slides easily for access to the back." -- Motor Trend
  • "The interior retains some of the 2016's vanlike conveniences, such as ample storage, including a bread-box-size storage drawer in the console for the rear seat, and abundant cup and bottleholders. On the other hand, cargo room behind the third row is cut nearly in half to a compact-car-like 12.8 cubic feet versus the 2016 Acadia. Lacking a third row, the All Terrain provides large storage bins under the floor and rails for a cargo management system." -- Cars.com 

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