2017 GMC Acadia

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2017 GMC Acadia

The 2017 GMC Acadia represents something of an anomaly in the automotive world. Usually when a vehicle is redesigned it becomes bigger and heavier than it was before. Yet after being produced for nearly a decade, the previous generation of the Acadia has given way to a lighter and trimmer version for 2017. Measuring 7.2 inches shorter in length, 6.6 inches shorter in height and 3.5 inches narrower in width, the latest Acadia loses some passenger and cargo space but makes notable gains in overall maneuverability and parking ease. Dropping a whopping 700 pounds in curb weight also benefits the midsize crossover SUV, improving both fuel economy and handling.

Although the cabin may not be as voluminous as before, there is still plenty of room in the first and second row seats. The third row, however, is best left for the little ones. Depending on trim level, the 2017 GMC Acadia can seat anywhere from 5 to 7 people. Those trim levels range from the base SL to the plush Denali, with the SLE and SLT filling in between them. Fitted with quality materials, the Acadia's interior has both a pleasing design and sound ergonomics. The infotainment system is easy to use thanks to its large virtual buttons and simple graphics.

Even the entry-level SL comes standard with plenty of family friendly features, including built-in Wi-Fi, triple-zone climate control and a rearview camera. Perks of the high-end Denali include xenon headlights, a hands-free power liftgate and heated/ventilated front seats. An All-Terrain package which features hill descent control and a more advanced all-wheel-drive system, is available on certain trims. Despite that moniker, however, an Acadia so-equipped is still limited to lighter duty off-road work.

A four-cylinder engine with 194 horsepower serves as the base power plant which, along with that big weight loss, optimizes fuel economy. Performance is adequate, though under hard acceleration (such as when merging or passing) it can sound and feel strained. Those who plan on regularly filling the seats, carrying heavy loads or towing anything should consider the uplevel 310-horsepower V6. Front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) are both available. Fuel economy is respectable with EPA estimates ranging from 20 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) for the V6 with AWD up to 23 mpg combined (21 city/26 highway) with the four cylinder and FWD.

Given how much improved the Acadia is this year, it may factor into your short list of midsize crossover SUV choices. If so, Edmunds is ready to help you find the 2017 GMC Acadia that's just right for you and your family.