A Larger GMC Crossover
There’s a reason the 2017 GMC Acadia
topped the Large Crossover SUV segment of AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards this summer. Across the board, it provides the room, versatility and power they need, and the Denali trim elevates these stakes to the next level.
Charles Fleming of the Los Angeles Times
found these features and more when he test drove a 2017 Acadia
AWD Denali this fall. But what struck him first, however, was a sense of familiarity, although he hadn’t stepped behind the wheel of a GMC is more than 40 years.
A Modern Classic
“I was overcome by the most powerful sense of déjà vu during my first half hour in the 2017 GMC Acadia AWD Denali,” writes Fleming. “I knew I’d never driven one—I hadn’t driven any GMC product since a Jimmy pick-up I owned in the 1970s—but it felt eerily familiar.”
Now, Fleming admits a lot of that familiarity was inspired by his recent review of the Cadillac XT5, another General Motors model that shares many of the underpinnings found in the new Acadia
, such as a 3.6-liter V6 engine that pumps out 310 horsepower and 217 pound-feet of torque. However, there’s a lot to be said about the all-new Acadia’s ability to infuse new ideas without losing a sense of what’s made the GMC brand great.
Inside Fleming's Denali
Inside his Denali, Fleming enjoyed the adjustable second-row seating as well as the dual-zone climate controls accessible via the center console’s infotainment screen. The writer was also impressed by the power-assist lift gate and large cargo area, two features that tie in well with the Acadia’s power to trailer like never before: it clocks in at 4,000 pounds of trailering capacity thanks to the various settings from which drivers can choose.
But it isn’t just the power that makes the 2017 Acadia Denali impressive. The exterior exhibits those classic Denali features, such as the dimensional chrome grille, integrated chrome side trim, additional chrome touches and special six-spoke wheels. These Denali-exclusive accents are a well-fit complement to the Acadia’s overall sense of prowess and weight, but it handles as if it were a car half its size. Other Denali features include new Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking technology, top-notch HID lamps and premium materials inside the cabin, from the supple seating to the wood accents.
A Good Family Fit
In fact, the comfort inside the Acadia Denali is top-notch in every way, from the stitched seating, climate controlled seats, a multitude of charging ports (including a rare 120-volt in the second row) and an infotainment system that Matthew DeBord for Business Insider
referred to as the best on the market. The technology in that system covers a wide array of what’s to be expected in a crossover at this level, such as the critically acclaimed OnStar feature and 4G LTE wireless connectivity. Additions like an eight-speaker Bose audio system plus Oil Life readouts and Rear Seat Reminder features let GMC’s nice touches and ingenuity shine through.
The praise has been coming in from all different reviewers since the 2017 Acadia, and the Denali option helps take it to the next level. If you’re ready to explore your options within the award-winning 2017 Acadia lineup, those of us at Anthony Buick GMC
would love to help you pick the crossover that fits your needs.