It is a bit risky to downsize utility vehicle because it will affect the first impression but GMC dare to take the risk. The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia is made smaller than its predecessor is. Once loved for it extra-large dimensions, the new Acadia is now shorter and narrower. The wheelbase is shorter by 6.4 inches, the overall length is shorter by 7.2 inches, and the overall width is narrower by 3.5 inches.
With smaller chassis, lighter body is to be expected. Justly, the new Acadia has weight loss but not only from smaller body but also due to the use of high-strength steel and advanced sound-deadening materials. As the result, curb weights of new model is lighter by 700 pounds from the previous models. Thanks to lighter body, new Acadia has more assertive acceleration and control improvement when changing direction, as well as minimizing wind noise.
As for powertrain, GMC offers 3.6-liter V6 engine with 310 horsepower as option on SLE and SLT models, which the standard is 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. On Denali and All Terrain trims, 3.6-liter V6 engine is standard. For all engines, transmission used is 6-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available as an optional.
The new improvements bring many benefits to the vehicle. Acceleration is improved as the 4-cylinder models hit 60mph in 9 seconds while V6 models hit it in merely 6 seconds. It is also get better in EPA test with the 4-cylinder model made it close to 30 mpg while the V6 models counts 2 mpg greater than the older version by making the rate 18/25 mpg city/highway.
The better performance is completed with smarter technology. It uses the latest GM’s safety tech. In the list are blind spot and rear cross traffic alerts, lane-keeping assist, a surround view camera, automatic collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and safety alert seat. Amenities in the inside are including climate control, five USB ports, and rear-seat reminder.