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)

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