2017 GMC Acadia is smaller and more feature packed

Nearly a decade after its original introduction, the second-generation GMC Acadia has arrived with a new look, seven-inches shorter length, lighter curb weight, and more fuel efficient powerplants. The midsized crossover also makes new advanced safety features available.

Looking less like a truck and more like a family-friendly SUV, the 2017 GMC Acadia design has softened around the edges with wraparound headlamps and dressed with more chrome. The All Terrain and Denali trims each get even more refined details in their design with elements like body-color grille surrounds and black chrome trim.

Weighing in at up to 700 pounds lighter than the previous model, the 2017 Acadia is primed to be more fuel-efficient. A new 2.5L four-cylinder engine is standard and promises 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The top engine is a 3.6-liter V6 with approximately 310 horsepower. The Acadia is the first GMC to offer start/stop technology, which will help with fuel economy in the city by turning the engine off when not needed.

Inside, the flexibility of the 2017 GMC Acadia really begins to show. Depending on the model, the Acadia is available in 5-, 6-, or 7-passenger configurations. The now-midsized SUV sports a split-folding second-row seat, with the outboard seats sliding and tilting forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place.

While not standard in every trim, as we’d like to see, the 2017 GMC Acadia is available with a bevy of safety features that can protect occupants, as well as others. Those options include forward-collision warning with automatic braking, pedestrian detection, lane warning, blind-spot monitor, and other dynamic safety options. 

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