When it was redesigned for the 2017 model year, General Motors did something unexpected with its GMC Acadia: it made it smaller. The three-row crossover SUV was one of the bigger entrants in the segment, but the second-generation model chopped some 7 inches out of its overall length, a development that contributed mightily to the Acadia’s 700-pound weight loss. Those changes have resulted in a nimbler, more efficient SUV that’s still plenty roomy inside.
Cabin quality is up noticeably, as well, and with one of the easiest-to-use infotainment systems in the business, 4G-LTE wifi hotspot, and a full battery of advanced driver assist systems, the 2018 GMC Acadia amounts to a formidable family hauler. Available in both front- and all-wheel drive, pricing starts at just under $30,000 before options and delivery charges for a base SL model, and climbs all the way up to over $46,000 for the highfalutin Denali trim with V6 power.
Cast your mind back to 2007. The iPhone had just been released, your mom wasn't on Facebook yet and Twitter still hadn't reached its first birthday. Now think about how much all that has changed. You could say the same for the 2017 GMC Acadia.
Getting its first redesign since 2007, the three-row Acadia SUV, with room for six or seven, sports improvements across the board. It's lighter, it handles better and it has more safety equipment. It's also smaller, has less room inside and costs a bit more than the competition.
The Acadia comes in six trim lines, and as is usually the case, the folks at GMC sent me the top-of-the-line Denali. This luxury-oriented trim line, available on all GMC models, distinguishes itself with flashy touches of chrome on the outside and bits of leather and wood on the inside. Special grille full of chrome? Check. Bright aluminum 20-inch wheels? Check, again. Dual chrome exhaust tips? You don't even need to ask, amigo.
The Good Handling is better than the previous generation and it's lighter to boot.
The Bad Its reduced size cuts into cargo capacity. Adaptive cruise control is a bit herky-jerky. Oh yeah, and the Denali trim line is pretty spendy.
The Bottom Line The 2017 GMC Acadia is great for families and those who need to haul people or things on the regular, but the Denali trim line is a bit overpriced.
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