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It would be easy to confuse the 2017 GMC Acadia Limited with the 2017 GMC Acadia, but they aren't the same vehicle. In fact, the Acadia Limited is the old Acadia, which is now being sold alongside the newly redesigned Acadia. Does that make sense?
Probably not, but this is a familiar product tactic for GM. It often sells older models alongside newly redesigned versions in order to satisfy fleet orders or to entice buyers who are willing to sacrifice the latest and greatest technology for a lower base price. The overlap often only happens for a limited time, so if the value proposition intrigues you it's best to act sooner rather than later.
The Acadia Limited started life as the Acadia back in the 2007 model year and was significantly updated for 2013 when it adopted many of the body panels once used by the orphaned Saturn Outlook. And the Acadia Limited is somewhat larger than the new Acadia, which can be a critical consideration if, for instance, the third row of seats will be used constantly.
Production of the Acadia Limited has been rationalized so that the available options are now, well, constricted. There's only one trim level that comes with leather seating surfaces, a 6.5-inch center color touchscreen atop the dash, forward collision alert and lane departure warning systems, and 20-inch chrome wheels. It's well equipped if not up to the glitzy standards of the newer Acadia Denali. The only available engine is a 281-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 feeding a six-speed automatic transmission that in turn goes out to either just the front or all four wheels.
The EPA rates the Acadia Limited at 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway whether equipped with front- or all-wheel drive. However, the combined mileage rating of the front-wheel driver, at 18 mpg, beats the all-wheel-drive version by 1 mpg. The new Acadia, incidentally, carries mileage ratings that are 3 mpg better across the board.
The Acadia Limited may prove to be a high-value proposition for many buyers who don't crave the latest and greatest in technology or appearance.
Making sense of a crowded crossover market isn't easy, particularly when there are subtle distinctions to be made between things like the new Acadia and the still-around Acadia Limited. That's what Edmunds is here to help you do. And once you've made your decision, we'll put you in touch with a great dealer to get a great deal too.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.