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The new Acadia is shorter and 500 pounds lighter than the old model. The ride is steady and composed, and handling is responsive. The most appropriate engine is the smooth 3.6-liter V6 that returned 19 mpg in our tests, which isn't a standout. A less powerful but still sound 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard. This family-friendly three-row SUV is very quiet, the front seats are comfortable, and the infotainment system is easy to use. The outboard second-row seats can slide and tilt forward, even with a child seat in place. But many luxury features, such as four-way adjustable lumbar, a power sunroof shade, and auto-up windows, are missing even on our high-end Denali version. Available safety features include forward-collision warning with automatic braking, pedestrian detection, and blind-spot monitoring.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 GMC Acadia recalls.

Road Test

Instead of "go big or go home," GMC focused on "light makes right" with the second-generation Acadia. Built to comply with more stringent fuel economy standards while matching key rivals' dimensions, the three-row Acadia is 7-inches s...

Highs

  • Quiet cabin
  • Comfortable ride

Lows

  • 19 mpg overall falls below many competitors
  • Expensive for the amount of features

Best Version to Get

We would opt for at least the SLT-2 trim because it includes important safety equipment as standard. Note that some desirable features, like a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated steering wheel, and the surround-view camera system, are restricted only to the very top-trim Denali. Many o...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (193 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (310 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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