The 2017 GMC Acadia is a drastic departure from the first-generation model, ditching its full-size proportions for a midsize layout instead. In the process, it becomes lighter, leaner and offers GMC as a serious alternative to the hot midsize segment.
Kelly Blue Book recently dove into the 2017 Acadia to see if the midsize crossover is all it needs to be to compete in such a segment, however, it walked away with mixed feelings.
Foremost, the overall package was deemed as nearly perfect with plenty of space and seating. KBB stated the Acadia offered a well-executed space for those not looking for a full-size family hauler. It drove well, too, with a well-behaved six-speed automatic and just enough power coming from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
But, then it takes a turn for mediocrity. The interior, while laid out well ergonomically, sports some pretty serious panel gaps and hard plastic for the price point. Mind you, the test model here is near $40,000. And the lack of certain features over competitively priced rivals was a head scratcher, such as auto up windows.
For $1,500 less, rivals offer more features at a lower price, which makes the 2017 GMC Acadia poorer value proposition when cross shopping. But, it remains a solid crossover that could maybe use a quick refresh to pack missing features into a final product. Have a look at the video review up above.