2017 GMC Acadia Review Denver Thornton

The first thing that is noticeable about the new GMC Acadia, 2017 model, is that it got lighter and smaller in comparison to the previous models. Besides this, it's been noticed that the new model has maximum seating capacity of 7 instead of the usual 8. So, these and many other such changes made to the 2017 model begs the question, is the new GMC Acadia 2017 worth buying? Well, to answer this very question, here is the only 2017 GMC Acadia review you need to read:

Sturdy yet stylish look of the GMC Acadia

The 2017 version was designed as family-oriented crossover, and it definitely gets the job done. The new model does have that luxury vibe, but at the same time has a truck-like strong appearance. Even though the new model does not have that block-like look seen in other GMC models, you can see that the angular elements are still there. The grille happens to be as bold as the other models but the main difference is that it has rectangular look rather than the common trapezoidal shape. At the third pillar there is a prominent kick right up along the window line. But the rear side window glass, on the other hand, appears to be wrapped around the back of the GMC Acadia. There is also the blacked out trim which gives it that extra something to stand apart from the previous versions.

Lighter in size but big on performance in the 2017 GMC Acadia

The ride conducted on the roads of Thornton with the 20-inch wheels was great overall. Here it should be mentioned that the road and wind noise were minimal, which is of course a great sign. The lighter in size is a good decision as the size difference makes the new 2017 GMC Acadia accelerate more quickly. The 4-cylinder model can hit 60mph in a high 9-second range, whereas the V6 one can hit that in just 6 seconds. Besides the size difference also made sure that the stops were made faster, safer and with greater stability and there was more control while changing direction. But, what really caught the attention was that the electrically assisted steering felt more precise and tight compared to other similar models available in the same price range.

The new 2017 GMC Acadia is definitely big on performance too. First of all, it's equipped with a 310 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 engine, which is more than adequate to move this model quite efficiently. Its EPA city/highway ratings are 18/25 mpg which is also a great plus point. But, GMC also added for the first time a 2.5 liter 4-cyclinder which can be used as the base power plant. It is recommended that you use the 2.5 liter one for normal road or city road driving. It was seen that it is about 30 mpg on the highways during EPA testing. 

Some other features that makes the 2017 GMC Acadia a high performance crossover are the multilink rear and front strut suspensions and the all new terrain-selector dial placed on the console that can adjust transmission shift points, steering efforts, throttle response and other systems. The Active Twin Clutch all-wheel-drive system is there to make sure that the driver can enjoy distribution of power to the rear wheel needed for slippery roads. 

Smarter technology in the 2017 GMC Acadia

The sophisticated interior of the 2017 GMC Acadia is all thanks to the brushed aluminum trim and many soft touch points. The interior is also hooked up with some of the best electronic gadgets like the 7 or 8 inch center touchscreen for the one and only IntelliLink interface of GMC. The owner of this car is also getting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity that also comes with Wi-Fi hotspot. 

This 2017 version was tested on the roads of Denver to make sure that it is a safe car. And it passed with flying colors thanks to the Safety Alert Seat, rear cross traffic and blind-spot alerts, surround view camera, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and also automatic collision mitigation. 

There are lots of usable spaces all thanks to the smart packaging. There will be no trouble while folding flat the 2nd and 3rd row seats and GMC also provided two underfloor storage bins. Besides, they also provided 5 USB ports, 110-volt outlet and climate control. But the best thing is the industry-first rear seat reminder which will makes sure that you do not forget to remove pets or babies or stuff like gym bags and grocery bags from your car. This feature makes sounds and flashes when the car is shutting down in order provide a warning/reminder to check the back row before leaving.