2017 Acadia New Car Test Drive
Along with smaller size, the 2017 Acadia exhibits slightly softer body styling. Refined throughout, the latest Acadia looks more sculpted than its predecessor.
Still bold, the new grille is trapezoidal rather than rectangular. A pronounced kick-up is evident at the third pillar, and rear side glass appears to wrap into the back of the vehicle.
GMC installs different grilles on each model. Denali's grille flaunts its abundant chrome, applied in a checkered mesh pattern. The All Terrain version is blacked-out, with horizontal bars and black mesh highlights. Lower-end Acadias have chrome grille surrounds.
Denali displays even more body chrome, and rides on unique six-spoke 20-inch wheels.
Slimmed down, the 2017 Acadia seats seven rather than the previous eight. Second-row captain's chairs may be substituted for the standard bench, for six-passenger capacity. Soft-touch surfaces adorn door panels and the dashboard.
Front passengers get ample head space and legroom, atop comfortable bucket seats. Second-row seats slide several inches fore and aft, to allow extra leg space for passengers, when desired. Children are the most logical occupants for the third row. Legroom is tight back there, and the cushion is low.
With all seats up, cargo volume totals a mere 12.8 cubic feet. Folding both back rows expands space to 79 cubic feet. The two-row All Terrain version includes a sliding cargo rack.