CARS.COM — The GMC Acadia will cost significantly less in the 2017 model year than it did in 2016. Then again, it’s also substantially smaller and accommodates fewer passengers than it used to. The newly redesigned Acadia now starts at $29,995, including a $925 destination charge, a $1,905 discount compared with its predecessor.
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SUV shoppers considering the Acadia will have to decide whether they prefer the newly minted midsize version or if they’ll miss the old full-size model known as the segment’s size-to-dollar choice. The 2017 version reduces standard seating to five without the optional third row, and to seven with it; that’s compared with the outgoing model’s seating for eight passengers. But if being able to ferry around nearly an entire T-ball team isn’t the top concern, the Acadia is also 700 pounds lighter and with its newly available 2.5-liter four-cylinder, GM estimates it’ll achieve 22/28 mpg city/highway.
GMC says the 2017 Acadia also comes with more standard tech features and available safety equipment, including the latest IntelliLink multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a rear-seat alert that reminds the driver of items left in the second and third rows, front pedestrian braking, a safety alert seat and a surround-view camera system. Other newly available safety features, varying by trim level, include: low-speed automatic emergency braking, forward auto braking, a following distance indicator, auto-dimming high beams, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, lane change alert with blind spot warning, and front and rear parking assist.
Besides the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a new 3.6-liter V-6 is also available. The V-6 makes 310 horsepower, a significant improvement over the 281 hp of the outgoing engine. Fuel savings for the 2017 version aren’t as impressive, however, with V-6 mileage improving by only an estimated 1 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive.
The Acadia comes in five trim levels. The base SL, available only with front-wheel drive, starts at $29,995; the SLE at $33,375; the SLT at $39,275; the All Terrain (all-wheel-drive only) at $40,040; and the Denali at $45,845. All-wheel drive adds $2,000 to the starting price of the SLE and Denali, and $3,100 to the SLT. All prices include a $925 destination fee. The Acadia is set to arrive in dealerships in the spring.