It’s not often these days an automaker boasts about how much smaller their new car is than its predecessor, but then the 2017 GMC Acadia’s sudden loss of mass yields plenty of benefits for those who’ve been interested in this popular crossover.
The new Acadia loses 700 pounds over the outgoing SUV, according to GMC. That’s largely due to a 7-inch reduction in length and that a four-cylinder engine is now the standard motivation. A V6 is still available as an option. GMC says this change allows the 2017 Acadia to get up to 28 mpg on the highway, which is good among three-row crossovers (although those tend to still have a V6).
The shorter Acadia sacrifices interior space, however, so maximum seating capacity is seven passengers instead of eight, and the (now optional) third-row seat is noticeably more cramped and suited to children. Still, it’s likely competitive with what is offered on models such as the Kia Sorento and Toyota Highlander, which are both popular midsize crossovers with families.
Of more interest to parents with children will be the slew of new safety equipment offered on the GMC Acadia. Automatic braking is standard on the top two versions of the Acadia now, and there’s a new surround-view camera system on offer, among other solutions to keep passengers safe and parking lot scrapes to a minimum. Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also included in the IntelliLink infotainment system.
The high-luxury Acadia Denali returns, along with its increased levels of chrome and leather. But new is the All Terrain model, with a more sophisticated all-wheel drive system and rugged appearance to deal with roads more arduous than smooth interstates.
Fans of the current Acadia and its minivan-like carrying capacity may dislike the more compact presence. But then the 2017 Acadia will likely be far more maneuverable and easy to manage day-to-day when it’s not loaded with people and cargo. For those who don’t always fill up their three-row crossover, this GMC might be a better bet than it was before.
The 2017 Acadia will be available in the spring.