The second-generation Acadia's sleeker bodywork clothes a much smaller, much lighter chassis.
The Acadia's wheelbase has shrunk by 6.4 inches, and overall length is shorter by 7.2 inches.
This is the top-spec Denali model, with its own unique chrome trim and larger six-spoke alloy wheels.
The Denali's most obvious design cue is its "dimensional" chrome grille.
New for 2017 is an available hands-free liftgate that opens with a wave of a leg.
High-intensity discharge headlamps come standard on the Denali, while lesser models make due with halogen illumination.
Eagle-head taillamps seem to be getting more and more common on SUVs.
The second-generation Acadia's biggest -- and most needed -- change was inside, and the new dashboard and cabin offer welcome improvements in both technology and aesthetics.
The Denali model receives a larger digital display in its gauge cluster than base models.
Front seats are easy to get in and out of and were comfortable for a day of driving, though not the most supportive for twisty roads.
It's a bit surprising to find a new GM vehicle released with an automatic using just six forward speeds, but it's a time-proven and well-behaved gearbox.
This all-wheel drive Denali V6 has various modes that influence everything from throttle mapping to transmission shift points, steering heft and suspension firmness.
Rear-seat climate control is standard on the Denali.