For a very long time, the comparison tests that mattered most were midsize sedans. It was the bread and butter segment of America. Times have changed.
Crossovers have become to new go-to for many families across the United States for obvious reasons. They provide car-like driving dynamics, a higher seating position and storage opportunities sedans can only dream of.
The latest family feud of crossovers comes from Motor Trend, which pitted the 2017 GMC Acadia against the Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9. Unfortunately for GMC, the new Acadia wasn’t enough to land it in first place, or even as the runner-up.
MT placed the 2017 Acadia in third place, but stated the decision was tough; each vehicle got at least one first-place vote. The Acadia was lauded for a great looking interior with quality materials and scored major points for usable storage area when the seats fold completely flat.
However, it received mixed driving reviews and a cloudy position on what it was truly meant to accomplish.
It is a “product in search of a rationale,” Angus MacKenzie said, calling it a move that may help keep XT5 costs down but does little to serve GMC customers wanting a larger crossover.
We’d venture to guess the 2017 Acadia will be on the shortlist to receive the nine-speed automatic transmission, as well as a more refined four-cylinder option. And, hopefully, a true large crossover or SUV will arrive to take the spot the Acadia once held tightly.