Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GMC Acadia Kind of Forgettable That Doesn't Mean the 2017 Version Is Bad, but Not Much Stands Out

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GMC Acadia Kind of Forgettable That Doesn't Mean the 2017 Version Is Bad, but Not Much Stands Out

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2017 GMC Acadia AWD Denali: Wait, I drove this?

Price: $50,855 as tested (A barebones Denali starts a $44,920, and an Acadia entry-level model begins at $29,070.)

Marketer's pitch: "The all-new 2017 Acadia Denali." Pretty slick advertising there.

Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com likes that "the cabin remains quiet and comfortable on long road trips"; that there's "plenty of engine and interior configurations to fit a variety of uses"; and the "attractive exterior and interior styling." Less desirable was that it has "less cargo capacity than some competitors."

Reality: For "Gilmore Girls" fans, it's like Rory's boyfriend Paul - kind of forgettable.

Finishing touches: My auto reviewing method has become a standard format - write all my impressions while I have the car, set the review aside, then pull it out later for the finishing touches and a theme - thinking back to the memorable moment that exemplifies what this car is about.

Unfortunately for Acadia - or unfortunately for me - not much really stood out a couple weeks later.

That doesn't mean the Acadia is bad. For people looking for great value, the Denali trim is the bomb. Heated and cooled front seats come standard, as do heated second-row seats, always a favorite for Sturgis Kids 1.0 through 4.0. Keyless entry and start, front pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, and eight-way power front seats all came standard as well.

What's new: The mid-sized Acadia goes svelte for 2017, losing 700 pounds for the new model year, and gets a redesign. But even the new exterior doesn't stand out from previous years.

Up to speed: The 3.6-liter V-6 creates 310 horsepower. That sounds like a bunch, but moving a total of 3,956 pounds, hot rodding is not the object here. Still, getting on highways can be quick.

Shifty: Like many General Motors models, the Acadia doesn't offer any shiftability. The gearshift has PRND, and changing gears is only through a button on the side of the lever.

On the road: It's been a long time since I was in the platform-mate Chevrolet Traverse, but I don't recall its handling being so uninspiring. …

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