Remember how so many complained that GMC made the second-generation Acadia a size class smaller, moving it from full-size to midsize status, or how the brand-new crossover placed dead last in a recent family crossover comparison? Well, forget about all that — because GM’s Big Red brand was right about making the 2017 GMC Acadia smaller, and the naysayers were wrong.
That’s because the crossover has set all-time sales records for each of the last eight months, starting in September 2016. Granted, the Acadia is setting records in a market ripe for crossovers… but a sale is a sale and a record is a record, no matter how you look at it.
To wit: in September 2016, the Acadia accounted for 6,795 U.S. deliveries, which is only about 2.2 percent higher than the 6,647 units sold in September 2015 — the second-highest September sales result in the Acadia’s history. But the biggest jump is in March 2017, when Acadia deliveries jumped 84 percent to 11,432 units compared to 6,214 units in March 2016. The second-highest March sales result is March 2013, when the Acadia accounted for 10,006 deliveries. Even so, the March 2017 figure is 14.2 percent higher than the March 2013 number.
Sales Results - USA - Acadia
*** This manufacturer is now publishing only quarterly numbers for this market. Monthly figures may be averages.
And though there will be those that will always complain about the size of the second-gen Acadia, it would appear that the crossover hits at the sweetspot at large has taken a liking to GMC’s first true midsize CUV and we wouldn’t be surprised if the much-speculated 2019 Chevy Blazer will come to enjoy a similar level of success, as it is rumored to ride on the same regular wheelbase C1 platform and be the same size as the second-gen Acadia.
What’s more, moving the second-gen Acadia into the midsize space gives GMC an opportunity to introduce an even larger, full-size CUV. Having both a midsize and full-size crossover enables the brand to generate a much higher combined sales volume from both crossovers than one model could ever account for. A potential full-size GMC crossover would essentially share the dimensions of the 2018 Chevy Traverse and 2018 Buick Enclave, while wearing the Acadia XL badge.
Notes Of Interest
For the sake of full disclosure, we feel responsible to state the following:
- Sales figures in the table above include deliveries of the second-gen Acadia as well as the first-gen Acadia, which was sold alongside the all-new, second-generation 2017 Acadia as the 2017 Acadia Limited.
- GMC does not split out sales of the second-gen model vs. first-gen Acadia Limited, but we have reason to believe that the sales figures are mostly comprised of the second-generation model, with the first-gen Acadia Limited comprising 10-15 percent of total Acadia sales starting in Q2 2016
- A circumstance that could contribute to the increase in Acadia deliveries is an increased delivery rate to fleet customers.