The Acadia has been completely redesigned and refocused for 2017, going from GM's large Lambda platform to a midsize chassis shared with the sophisticated Cadillac XT5. Your choice of trim level will determine whether you get the 194-horsepower four-cylinder or 310-horsepower V6. All-wheel drive is available with both engine. EPA fuel economy estimates range from 21 city/26 highway for a four-cylinder, front-drive Acadia to 18 city/25 highway with the V6 and all-wheel drive.
Trim levels start with the base SL, which has an MSRP just under $30,000 and includes three-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a much-appreciated rearview camera. The SLE and SLT are split into two sub-levels, -1 and -2, with a steady increase in features (heated seats, leather seats, Bose stereo, etc.) and price (the SLE-1 starts at $33,375, the SLT-2 at $42,675) from level to level. The Acadia Denali (as always, a name sure to amuse folks who collect trail maps) brings touchscreen navigation and plenty of brightwork for an asking price of $45,845, plus fees.
- A broad range of contemporary safety gear (automatic front braking, lane minders, blind zone alerts, parking assists) is either standard or available on the Acadia.
- The Denali is a serious contender at the luxury end of the mainstream, featuring the full safety suite and ventilated seats, a hands-free liftgate, and a high-tech Continuously Variable Ride Control suspension.
- The All Terrain package, which includes some driveline revisions and black trim, is available on all SLE and SLT models.
- In a clear nod to one of its intended uses, the Acadia's standard backup camera includes graphics to ease the often-frustrating task of lining up a trailer hitch.