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Used 2017 GMC Acadia SLT-2 SUV Review

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Read what other owners think about the 2017 GMC Acadia SLT-2 SUV.

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3.3 out of 5 stars
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Most helpful consumer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Shifty Gmc.
SLT-2 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
2107 Acadia. Shift to park problem that does not allow the car electronics to turn off. Must restart several times and wiggle the stick forward and backward to eventually correct. Gm knows the problem and does nothing to correct saying they working on what to do. No concern for the continuous problem the cust must be frustrated with on a daily basis. No effort to replace the shifting … mechanisms. . So just wait and live with it. Unacceptable. Do not buy this car. Most all other cars stick shift mechanisms work properly.
5 out of 5 stars
Great Automobile! Car is so responsive.
G S English,07/19/2017
SLT-2 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
This is my third new GMC Acadia - the reliability is exceptional, extremely comfortable ride, abundant amenities and great storage space for travel.
3 out of 5 stars
No See the CD!! and a lot of other things too
Valerie Valkyrie,09/21/2017
SLT-2 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
ASTOUNDED to find on driving home in my new Acadia that there is NO CD PLAYER!!!! WOULD NOT HAVE PURCHASED had I known this! As it is, this will be a transition car as very disappointed in quality. Have wanted Acadia for several years, had Terrain SLT2 that was a great car but just a little too small and seats too firm. But this Acadia does not have near the quality of my 2012 Terrain, … materials inside are cheap and unsubstantial, leather seats feel like velour cloth not leather as are so limp and sticky. Another WTH????? were they thinking when they moved the remote liftgate button from the overhead console to the drivers door at knee level--totally inaccessible to anyone but the driver. Not helpful when you come out with your arms full, as your fob is in your purse and no one in the car is going to climb over the console and reach down almost to the floor to pop the liftgate, or jump out and run back to open it either. Totally inaccessible. Also could not believe that a $46000 car does not have height adjustments on the seatbelt anchor positions on the posts...but I guess it is only women and children that appreciate those. And how many years will it take to figure out how to get those back row seats to lie flat, like every other car company except probably Chevy and Buick. Those big seatbacks sure eat up the cargo space I want, sticking up in the way. The center console is tiny, the doors have 2 very small cubbies that nothing will fit into. On a positive note the graphics are very nice on the touchscreens although hard to find everything. And it is a relief to have the fuel door on the driver's side instead of the passenger. To sum up, this could be the last time I buy domestic, my friend has a Highlander and it was about same price, same options and much more impressive vehicle in terms of quality, design and the SPACE is unbelievable! Where do they put the wheel wells, because there is no big hump on each side like in the GMs? It even has a little shelf under the dashboard and full bins on the door, but I guess all that plastic is needed to strengthen the door on the Acadia, it apparently isn't strong enough to allow for larger spaces. Another negative is the door mirrors, they are high and wide, in conjunction with the front post and airbags, when I turn I cannot see where I am going--I am totally blind. This is characteristic of most modern cars, the mirrors used to be level with the bottom of the window, now the bottom of the mirror is above the window bottom and blocks the view any direction except straight..(I tried to find a car without this problem but couldn't). And much more engine and road noise in this Acadia than the Toyota. I looked at the Colorado and the Traverse before buying this Acadia and the interior quality was underwhelming in them as well. Already missing my old Terrain, at least it had a V6, which is not an option any more, and it looked like a quality vehicle. So long Detroit! I got some more space but I'll be eating crow around my friends until I can afford to unload this turkey.
1 out of 5 stars
Heater Core and Shift Assembly
Angry Scheeler,06/05/2020
SLT-2 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Bought my dream car I have always wanted beginning of April 2020. On April 25 i started smelling anti-freeze inside the car (wth).. then on May 29 I turn my car off to get out and it is continuing to tell me to shift my car to park. I looked at the shiftter and its in park so i start it put it in drive then in park again, turn the car off and its telling me again to shift to park. i sat … there for 15min until finally it recognized my car was in park. I had to spend the entire wkend dealing with this. called dealership monday morning to explain my problems and the women tells me oh yeah that is a known issue.. Are you kidding me.. my car has been at the dealership since monday at 11:30am and its friday at 10am and i get the call that your car needs a new heater core and a entire new shift assembly and the this is not covered under your warranty and its $1200.... i have had this car 4wks and have not even made my first car payment.. after flipping out and having a melt down GM offered to pay 50% and the dealership picked up the other 50%.. little does GM know im trading this in as soon as its fixed. bye GM cars. i had non stop issues with my equinox and now my acadia.. DONE

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2017 GMC Acadia SLT-2 SUV

Pros & Cons

  • Refined ride quality makes it comfortable in any kind of driving situation
  • Excellent performance from the optional V6 engine
  • Simple cabin layout means everything is usable at a glance
  • Modern onboard technology keeps you connected
  • Even the priciest trim levels don't feel very luxurious
  • Third-row seats are now far less accommodating than in previous Acadia

Which Acadia does Edmunds recommend?

If you desire maximum passenger capacity and can do without some of the latest features offered on Acadia, the base SL trim has plenty of room and plenty of basic amenities. For a more full-featured vehicle, the SLE2 trim with the optional V6 engine and the Driver Alert package is a good place to start. Available options abound, but realize that when equipped, the price will quickly get into luxury SUV territory.

Full Edmunds Review: 2017 GMC Acadia SUV

What’s new

After nine years of production, GMC has finally given its popular Acadia SUV a full redesign. The 2017 GMC Acadia is smaller than its predecessor. Compared to the last Acadia, the 2017 model is 7.2 inches shorter in overall length, 3.5 inches narrower and 6.6 inches shorter in height. These changes translate to a reduction in passenger and cargo space, but it still remains competitive with other midsize SUVs, and what it loses in size it makes up for with improvements elsewhere.

The 2017 Acadia is also some 700 pounds lighter, which, along with a newly available four-cylinder engine, helps to improve fuel economy. With the smaller footprint and weight reduction, it's easier to maneuver and drive around turns with confidence, too. A V6 engine is still available, along with all-wheel drive. Also new for 2017 is an All Terrain model. Contrary to its name, though, it is limited to light off-roading. It also does away with the third row of seats for added cargo capacity.

Vehicle overview

The redesigned 2017 GMC Acadia is now the prototypical midsize crossover vehicle. Its slightly smaller size pits it against all the top five-passenger contenders in the segment, yet it's still a sizable vehicle that's capable of functioning as the sole family hauler thanks to three rows of seats.

Most Acadias you'll see on dealer lots will be equipped with a V6 engine. The V6 is now an option because the base engine is a four-cylinder that offers better mileage. Both engines come standard with an excellent six-speed automatic transmission and are available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Along with its standard electronic traction aids, the Acadia is a solid all-weather vehicle, but limited ground clearance keeps drivers from venturing too far off-road.

The interior design mimics that of GMC's truck lineup, with simple controls and comfortable seats. A low dashboard makes the Acadia feel more carlike from behind the wheel, although outward visibility isn't any better than in competitors. There's a very long list of features available, but even in top-of-the-line Denali trim the Acadia never feels like a true luxury vehicle.

2017 GMC Acadia models

The 2017 GMC Acadia is a midsize SUV with seating for five, six or seven passengers and is offered in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels. The SL trim is a basic but still well-equipped base model. There are two levels of the midgrade SLE trim (SLE1, SLE2). The SLE1 is only a minor upgrade over the SL, while the SLE2 adds a more substantial level of upgrades. A well-equipped SLT trim is the next step up, and it, too, is split between SLT1 and SLT2 levels, both with long lists of upgrades. The Denali trim rounds out the lineup with several exclusive high-end features.

The seven-passenger base SL trim is only available with a middle bench seat and comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (193 horsepower, 188 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, a driver information display, tri-zone automatic climate control, a four-way manually adjustable driver seat (two-way-adjustable front passenger seat), a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, OnStar (includes 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot) and a six-speaker stereo with a USB-auxiliary audio input.

The SLE1 trim adds only LED running lights and satellite radio, but the SLE2 steps it up with 18-inch wheels, foglights, a power liftgate with programmable height stops, roof rails, remote ignition, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat and heated front seats. The SLE2 and above trims come standard with middle-row captain's chairs that reduce passenger capacity to six, but the second-row bench is available.

Opting for the SLT1 trim adds an auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirror, an upgraded color driver information display, a 120-volt power outlet, a universal garage door opener, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with lumbar adjustments, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system with a subwoofer. Also included is the Driver Alert I package that comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors.

The SLT2 trim adds 20-inch wheels, a 3.6-liter V6 engine (310 hp, 271 lb-ft of torque), a trailering package, driver-seat memory functions and heated outboard middle-row seats. Also included is the Driver Alert II package that has all of the supporting Driver Alert I features plus lane keeping assist, low-speed forward collision mitigation, automatic high beams, front parking sensors, and a safety-alert driver seat that buzzes when alerts are triggered.

The top-of-the-line Denali rounds out the lineup with polished wheels, xenon headlights, a unique grille, a hands-free power liftgate, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, a configurable virtual gauge display, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated and power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The Denali is also eligible for the optional Technology package that adds a surround-view camera system and adaptive cruise control with automatic collision preparation.

You can get all-wheel drive on all Acadias except the base SL. A two-panel sunroof is available on SLE2 trims and above. An All Terrain package is also available on SLE1 and SLT1 trims and adds distinct exterior treatments, rear air vents, a cargo management system, 20-inch wheels, hill descent control and a more advanced all-wheel-drive system. It also removes the third row of seats, reducing capacity to five passengers. Finally, a special suspension with adaptive dampers is optional for the SLT2 and Denali.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 GMC Acadia SLT1 (3.6L V6 | 6-speed automatic | AWD) and the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali (3.6L V6 | 6-speed automatic | AWD).


A strong all-around performer, the Acadia is well suited to its mission as a comfortable, easy-to-drive family hauler. There is never a lack of power with the V6 engine, and the ride quality is well controlled over most roads. Strong, easy-to-modulate brakes round out its impressive capabilities.


The Acadia is a very comfortable vehicle for road trips or daily errands. The Acadia has soft, forgiving seats and a compliant suspension that smooths out most road imperfections. Road and wind noise is also kept well in check.


The overall design of the interior is straightforward with easy-to-use controls. It feels more like a car from behind the wheel compared to some of its competitors, but outward visibility is about the same. Shorter drivers will appreciate its relatively low step-in height.


There's a decent amount of space with the second row folded, but the 2017 Acadia isn't outstanding in any other areas. There's not an abundance of storage space up front, and the limited area behind the third row means you need to pack light.


The touchscreen technology interface used in the Acadia is one of the easier systems to use at a glance. It favors the features you use most often, which is a plus. Bluetooth pairing is quick and easy.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2017 GMC Acadia in Virginia is:

$63.42 per month*