Tuesday, February 28, 2017


As the quantity of individuals who need huge utility vehicles that handle and taste fuel more like autos than truck-like SUVs has developed, any semblance of the Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9 have ventured up to the plate. The 2017 GMC Acadia, with its slimmer physical make-up, more keen looks, and suspension redesigns, is obviously GM's method for advising whatever remains of the world to generously venture off. The top-trim Denali, then, ought to be the Acadia best set up to communicate that message. 

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Out and about, the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali without a doubt looks notably better than most family SUVs. The exceptional grille, cleaned aluminum 20-inch wheels, brilliant rooftop rails, and wrap-around HID headlamps give it an ostentatious however not very pretentious pizazz. Within, you'll find pretty much every comfort you can discover today in a family SUV, yet the Denali likewise gets route and Apple/Android cell phone reflecting with the standard 8-speaker Bose sound framework and special configurable advanced gage group. While the greater part of the alluring treats you'd need in a top of the line family-hauler you'll discover on the SLT-2, the Denali includes a touch of class.

At the core of this overhauled Acadia is GM's Chi stage, imparted to the Cadillac XT5. The new design slices 7.2 crawls long and as much as 700 pounds from the last Acadia. That is gastric sidestep, not a touch tuck. There's still a lot of room inside notwithstanding, the length of the third column — incorporated into all Acadias put something aside for the rough terrain arranged All-Terrain variation — is collapsed level. The Denali show we tried came arranged with two chief's seats in the second column rather than a seat, so sister hellina and brother nova can each play on their iPads without knocking elbows. The third line is typically confined, yet at the same time appropriate for little kids. 

The minute you take an arrangement of turns in the new Acadia, you value the 2017's shrinkage. It moves around neighborhoods and city obstructs with none of the wobble and move of the last-gen display. A major some portion of that is the lower focal point of gravity — this Acadia loses about 4 creeps in stature. (While you unquestionably sit in an ordering position, it's significantly less like a 18-wheeler and more like a customary family hybrid.) Especially with the Denali's bulky 20-inch wheels, the ride is completely cleaned and created. We're crediting that to the versatile suspension, which accompanies ceaselessly factor damping. This setup is offered as a $1,200 remain solitary choice solely on Denali and SLT-2 models. Amid a furious slush storm, we traveled along altogether wheel-drive mode, which we exchanged into utilizing a convenient rotational handle close to the middle armrest, without even a whiff of nervousness.

GM’s familiar 3.6-liter V-6 gets the Acadia going without hesitation. The journeyman engine provides 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque, more than the Pilot’s 280 hp and 262 lb-ft, but the overall power delivery is also smoother than in the Honda. And although it’s not quite refined GM’s V-6, the CX-9’s turbo-four provides more grunt off the line and in stop-and-go traffic, owing to its superior 310 lb-ft of torque available so much earlier in the rev range (max torque is available 2,000 rpm in the CX-9 versus 5,000 rpm for the Acadia). Of the three all-wheel-drive SUVs, the CX-9 gets the best EPA fuel-economy numbers at 21/27 mpg city/highway versus 19/26 mpg for the Pilot and 18/25 mpg for the Acadia.

Once the Acadia inevitably ditches its six-speed automatic transmission for the eight-speed already employed in the Cadillac XT5, expect both better efficiency and crisper shifts. The six-speed gets the job done well enough, but under heavy throttle inputs and quick transitions it can trip over itself here and there when downshifting. It’s by no means a deal-breaker, but there’s some room for improvement.

Where the Acadia Denali in particular really shines, though, is with its technology and convenience niceties. The standard heated and cooled front seats (a Denali exclusive) are wrapped in cushy and smooth leather, as are the heated rear seats. There’s also a Denali-exclusive leather-wrapped heated steering wheel (essential in Michigan) that feels legitimately upscale every time it touches your hands. You’ll still find more design appeal and luxury ambiance in comparable the CX-9 Signature, the Japanese wood of which makes the veneer in the Acadia look downright cheap, but there’s no doubt most families will relish road trips in the snazzy GMC.

With more competition than ever, the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali makes a strong case for itself — and the Acadia in general. Style, amenities, and impressively sorted driving dynamics keep it very much in conversation, despite Honda and Mazda breathing down its neck. And while $52,000 isn’t cheap for the Denali we tested, it’s a far cry in price from loaded versions of the Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, or Audi Q7.

2017 GMC Acadia Denali AWD V-6 Specifications
PRICE $47,840/$52,275 (base/as tested)
ENGINE 3.6L DOHC 24-valve V-6/310 hp @ 6,600 rpm, 270 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 6- or 7-passenger, front-engine, AWD SUV
EPA MILEAGE 18/25 (city/hwy)
L X W X H 193.6 x 75.4 x 66.0 in
WHEELBASE 112.5 in
WEIGHT 4,155 lb (est)
0-60 MPH 6.7 sec (est)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


All new  2017 Toyota Yaris SE is a one of a kind suggestion in the subcompact portion, joining a portion of the business' most famous wellbeing advances with some shockingly dated—but still successful—powertrain choices. Therefore, it's in a one of a kind position for Toyota. 

Consider: Last year, the Toyota Camry fair size vehicle was the smash hit auto in the nation, and the Toyota Corolla—including the Corolla iM—drove the reduced fragment. In the interim, in the subcompact fragment, the Yaris hatchback spoke to short of what one-tenth the offers of that classification's No. 1 decision, the Nissan Versa. A forthcoming all-new Yaris is relied upon to turn things around in the 2018 model year, yet until that time how about we investigate the momentum display with its open lodge (for individuals and freight) and standard driver-help measures.The MSRP for the Yaris lineup reflects its standard Toyota Safety Sense-C technology, so the 5-door hatchback opens at $16,375. That’s more than $2K less than the least-expensive Chevy Sonic hatchback, but it’s about the same amount higher than for an entry-level Ford Fiesta hatch. On the other hand, the Yaris 5-door hatchhback does come standard with an automatic transmission, while those rivals charge extra to move up from a manual. Also, when Yaris owners move up themselves, to a trim like the Yaris LE, it's only $17,285.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Like all the other 2017 Yaris models, the SE joins is powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. Maximum driver engagement is found with the standard 5-speed manual transmission. The optional automatic is a 4-speed.

Efficiency-minded customers should not be be worried about the number of gears in those transmissions. The manual-transmission Yaris has EPA ratings of 30 mpg city/36 mpg highway/33 mpg combined, and the car’s fuel-economy grades with the automatic are 30 mpg city/35 mpg highway/32 mpg combined.  Toyota has retuned the car’s suspension for the SE trim, switched up to 16-inch alloy wheels (with a machined finish), and also fitted this economical little hatchback with 4-wheel disc brakes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Per Toyota: “If the Yaris looks like one of those intriguing, fun European compacts you wish they’d offer in the U.S., that’s because it is.” Indeed, the Yaris was designed in the south of France and carries more than a dash of that country’s fashion-forward approach to style. All new 2017 Toyota Yaris SE then adds a number of more athletic touches to attract the hot-hatch crowd. Among the new cues are the previously mentioned alloy wheels, along with a rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and black exterior trim that includes a model-specific grille and piano-black accents. A final sophisticated touch comes is a lighting package for the Yaris SE. Here, Toyota provides integrated fog lights with a chrome surround, projector-beam headlights with an LED light-bar accent, and LED daytime running lights.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Not surprisingly, the 2017 Toyota Yaris SE further distinguishes itself with an enthusiast-friendly cabin, complete with front-row seats trimmed in a premium sport fabric. A leather-trimmed steering-wheel—with audio controls—is complemented by a leather-trimmed shift lever, and the interior color theme features piano-black trim and white contrast stitching. Also worth noting: Toyota has made a significant effort to ensure a quiet cabin for Yaris owners, who enjoy the benefits of acoustic glass in the windshield and foam-type sound insulation in key places.

As for cargo capacity, the Yaris offers a generous 15.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, which Toyota says is “about the size of a midsize sedan’s trunk.” Of course, the Yaris also allows you to fold its rear seats, with a 60/40 split, for a massive increase in available room.

 The same Entune Audio system is standard in all Yaris models, which gives the entry-level trim an impressive advantage over the base setups in some other subcompacts. After all, that means even the Yaris starter models comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, six speakers, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and Apple-friendly touches like a USB port with iPod connectivity and HD Radio with iTunes tagging. Additionally standard is hands-free calling and audio streaming,Bluetooth wireless technology for voice recognition, and again, that’s for the entry model. The flipside here is that the only infotainment upgrade offered for the 2017 Toyota Yaris SE is a post-factory navigation system that can be installed at the dealership (or the car’s port of entry).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Certainly a highlight for the 2017 Toyota Yaris SE—and for the lineup as a whole—is the standard Toyota Safety Sense C (TSS-C) package. Geared for three key assistance scenarios, the TSS-C technologies leverages camera- and laser-based sensors for lane-departure alert, automatic highbeams, and pre-collision braking capability. The latter system includes forward collision warning and automatic braking that can reduce the vehicle’s speed by up to 19 mph in some situations. No other mainstream subcompact has all three technologies as standard equipment on its entry trims, and neither do many of the more premium entries.

For more protection, the front seats are designed to reduce whiplash-type injuries in certain scenarios, and Toyota also managed to fit nine airbags into the Yaris cabin. The Yaris has a 4-Star Overall Safety Score from the NHTSA. That's about ordinary for subcompacts, as other 4-Star performers include the Hyundia Accent and Ford Fiesta.Buyers shopping for a 2017 Toyota Yaris SE will likely come across the brand’s new subcompact sedan—the Yaris iA (photo)—and wonder exactly what’s the difference between the two. Beyond the whole sedan vs. hatchback bodies, folks should know that the Yaris iA originated as the Scion iA, which was part of Toyota’s recently shuttered youth brand. More relevant for drivers is this: The Scion iA was first developed as a Mazda subcompact not currently sold in the United States. So, except for the “Toyota Yaris” in its name, the iA sedan doesn’t share much with its hatchback sibling.