Inside the New GMC Acadia

The new 2017 GMC Acadia, a mid-size SUV built with the consumer in mind, was designed specifically to turn heads when driving down the road. The bold appearance, brand new technology included standard, and the overhauled safety features included inside and out are enough to entice any prospective vehicle buyer.

GMC has long been known for their engineering and designs, most of which stand up against the test of time and through rugged use. You’ll find the new Acadia is no different once you get your hands on this beautiful machine.

Details

The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia currently has a starting MSRP of $29,070, which really is not a bad price considering everything you are receiving straight off the line. The SUV comes in a variety of different colors, though do not expect anything too bright. You can select from a deep red, dark blue, white, silver, black, or an off-brown color. There is enough variety there to keep things interesting on the road, though.

As for size, the Acadia can hold 7 passengers in total comfort via their premium seating and third-row. The second row slides forward in a smart manner to allow access to the final third row. Alternatively, a simple press button will enable the second row seats to fold to allow for more room in the rear of the vehicle for storage.

Features

With the new Acadia, GMC is opting for a luxurious performance package that comes stock with a variety of control and convenience options. For example, everything within the front row is within arm’s reach for the most efficient control over the entire vehicle. In the back, the second row of seating has the option for a pullout console drawer. There are 5 USB ports for charging mobile devices, rear climate controls, and a 120-volt power outlet for running larger electronics efficiently, like a laptop.

The interior is incredibly comfortable, with French-stitched seating, trim accents, noise cancelling interior, two-way adjustable head restraints, and efficient interior lighting accents.

As for safety, a major concern for any consumer, the 2017 Acadia comes stock with Side Blind Zone Alert, a system designed to display a symbol on the outside mirror to prevent any collisions if a vehicle is approaching on either side while trying to change lanes. The rear park assist functionality included will help drivers avoid any objects, people, or other vehicles while reversing and parking. And the rear vision camera will allow total control over everything happening behind you.

The Competition

GMC is not a fan of shoving their features in your face and touting how much better they are over their competition. Instead, they choose to prove how much better they are by offering their services and letting the consumer choose.

If you had to pit the Acadia against another mid-size SUV, like the Jeep Cherokee, the Acadia offers more features, far more new technology, the same gas mileage while driving through the city, and a price point that is comparable, if not a slight bit better than some options with the Jeep.

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is one aspect of any new vehicle that most consumers will look at first. Being a mid-size SUV, you should not expect the greatest fuel efficiency on the market. Now, that’s not to say you won’t receive great mileage for the price you are paying, though.

While driving in the city, you can expect to receive around 21 miles per gallon. On the highway, expect to obtain at least 26 miles per gallon. Some competitors can beat this, but none can offer the same smooth ride and most efficient safety features of any mid-size SUV.

Pros/Cons

When it comes to the pros and cons of the 2017 GMC Acadia, it has more than a few of each.

When it comes to the pros, the Acadia has numerous features, such as their enhanced lighting, sizable rear storage, spacious seating for up to seven people, and enough technology to keep the children busy for the entire car trip – no matter how far that may be.

As for cons, the gas mileage leaves something to be desired, honestly. Only 20 miles per gallon is quite low these days, even for a mid-size SUV. The size does lower the gas mileage on both highway and through the city, which is to be expected, but many consumers may opt for another model that offers better fuel efficiency. This could be a major sticking point for those seeking a new vehicle. GMC should work on that.

Of course, there are worse options on the market today. With all of the added benefits, bonuses, and unique features in the Acadia, and an affordable price tag to boot, you could very well do far worse for a daily driving vehicle. Take one for a test drive at a local GMC dealership to find out if the vehicle is right for you or not.

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