2017 GMC Acadia Decreases in Size to Offer 7 Seating Capacity

2017 GMC Acadia is counter intuitive to most expectations as it decreases in size and has reduced seating capacity to 7 from 8. However, this reduced seating capacity is not the only element of surprise as it brings forth a precision construction.

The biggest improvements in this new GMC Acadia include a refined interior, versatile cargo configurations and advanced vehicle technologies. All in all, buyers get choose between 4 different trims viz. SL, SLT, SLE and Denali.

2017 GMC Acadia Exterior

Two Choices for Powertrain

The base (standard) engine option for 2017 GMC Acadia is a 2.5-liter inline 4 gasoline mill that churns out 193 HP at 6,300 RPM and 188 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 RPM. With this engine, 0 to 60 mph sprint comes in about 9.3 seconds. EPA ratings checks at 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.

Buyers even have the option to upgrade to the optional 3.5-liter V6 engine which integrates Active Fuel Management to produce 310 HP. There are options for both FWD and AWD. A 6-speed automatic transmission system comes standard. With this engine option, the 0 to 60 mph sprint time drops low to 6.5 seconds.

Traction Select

2017 GMC Acadia features Traction Select which is the optional drive mode selector. This allows the driver to get different flavors of performance for various road conditions. These modes include:

  • Off-Road (AWD Only)
  • All-wheel Drive (4×4)
  • Sport
  • Snow
  • Trailer/Tow
  • Off-Road (AWD Only)
  • All-wheel Drive (4×4)

2017 GMC Acadia Front View

2017 GMC Acadia Outer Styling Gets More Interesting

The new GMC Acadia sheds 740 lbs. of overall weight as its length has decreased up to 7 inches. This new compact body allows easy maneuverability in tight spots and crisp response to driver inputs. Up in the front fascia, the grille is as bold as it has ever been as it wears a rectangular shape and robust highlights.

The 3rd pillar gets a prominent styling as the rear window wraps around the rear window. Among all the 4 trims, 2017 GMC Acadia Denali stands out from the pack. With that being said, the base model wears stylistic chrome accents in the front bumper and window frames. New alloy wheels come in 17, 18 and 20-inch size options.

Interior and Safety Specs

Designed to deliver a premium driving experience, the interior cabin of 2017 GMC Acadia offers attractive aluminum trim accents and soft touch materials. The new generation change also includes active noise cancellation.

The front head restraints offer 2-way adjustment for greater comfort. As for technological convenience, there’s a dedicated pullout console drawer for 2nd-row seats. Each seat gets USB charging port as there are 5 ports in total.

As to safety, this new GMC Acadia incorporates several standard features like Front and Rear Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Assist with Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keeping Assist and Following Distance Indicator.

2017 GMC Acadia Interior

Competitors and Price

This 2017 Acadia competes against the likes of 2017 Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot. Pricing for 2017 GMC Acadia goes as: SL – $ 29,000, SLE- $ 32,500, SLT – $ 38,300, and Denali – $ 44,900.

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