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2017 GMC Acadia Denali: Seats the Whole Family in Style


Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 | 11:50 PM

2017gmarcadia475Coming into 2017 with a full redesign the GMC Acadia is a midsize crossover that can seat up to seven beings, making it a great family car. The redesign reduced the Acadia’s size giving it a more car-like feel behind the wheel. There’s also a four-cylinder engine available that extends its mileage range.

The Acadia comes in five trim levels: SL, SLE1, SLE2, SLT, and Denali. This review will focus on the top of the line Denali.

With its polished wheels, xenon headlights, unique grille, hands-free power liftgate, 8-inch touchscreen, nav, virtual gauge display, heated and cooled front seats, and heated and powered tilt and telescoping steering wheel, the Denali tops the Acadia lineup.

My vehicle also came equipped with the optional all-wheel drive giving the Acadia the ability to do some light off-roading, the dual SkyScape sunroof and the Technology package that added a surround-view camera and adaptive cruise control with automatic collision preparation.

2017gmcarcadiaintEquipped with the 3.6-liter, six-banger the Acadia produces 310 horses. It is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Expect to get 18/city, 25/highway, and 20/combined mpg.

Cruising around in the Acadia is quite comfortable in the front and mid-row seats. Third-row passengers are going to be cramped because the reduced space had to come from somewhere. Its car-like feel while behind the wheel is a plus and for shorties like me, it’s low enough to the ground so I didn’t feel like I needed a step-ladder.

Thanks to the GM touchscreen interface the nav, Bluetooth and volume and climate controls is easy to operate. The menus are logical and the buttons and knobs are large a accessable.

Cargo space is plentiful with both the third and second row seats folded down, but will all the seats in use the storage space is minimal.

On the road the Acadia glides over rough roads and provides a quiet place for the driver and passengers. The vehicle is easy to maneuver on the road and in parking situations. With the six-banger, there’s plenty of power off the dime and while changing lanes.

Have a family you need to haul but want a vehicle with a little finesse? Try out the 2017 GM Acadia Denali AWD.

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