CARS.COM — With the new, downsized 2017 Acadia, GMC wants to increase maneuverability and fuel economy while minimizing the bulky driving experience, which obviously aren’t measurable on an auto show floor. What we did get at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is an in-depth look at just how much smaller the Acadia is compared to the outgoing SUV; it’s smaller than not only the outgoing Acadia but also heavy hitters of the midsize SUV segment. Think Kia Sorento-sized rather than Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot.
On the plus side (as in a positive attribute and not supersized), the Acadia’s interior takes a big step up in quality on the higher-end Denali and All Terrain trims with similarities to a well-appointed GMC Sierra full-size pickup truck. The exterior remains boldly styled, so the shrunken exterior dimensions don’t mean you’re getting a punier-appearing SUV.