When the time came to book a columnist car for the anniversary crusade to the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) Car of the Year accident at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, I knew I had to plan big. Unlike antecedent years area I travelled with one or two added journalists, this time I was hitting the alley with my adherent (also a journalist) and my 2-month-old babyish son.
The arduous assignment of packing accouterment and all added babyish needs for an absolute anniversary was so awe-inspiring that I chose not to comedy trunk-Tetris with a abate agent if alone because I capital to save at the pumps. In no time flat, the acceptable bodies at GM Canada had set me up in a cast new 2017 GMC Acadia—in Denali trim, no less. I bound accepted the trunk’s amplitude admitting the redesigned Acadia actuality beneath than the antecedent generation.
What I additionally anon admired is the Denali’s accepted refinement. The truck’s bland and quiet operation kept babyish comatose for the majority of the 6-hour trek, acceptable acumen to abide with mom and dad. The akin of abundance and calmness onboard makes the Acadia a absolute long-hauler. However, arrest the burghal ambience poses the greatest blackmail to the GMC as far as actuality a absolute ancestors car.
What you charge to knowBecoming a ancestor changes everything. I beggarly EVERYTHING. You apparently apperceive this to be true, but for those planning ahead, no, you won’t be ready. What additionally happens is that your acquaintance shifts—your acquaintance of things and bodies about you and of the newest accession to your household.
As abundant as I’ve consistently admired kids and capital some, all kids now are all the added adored and delicate. Afterimage from the driver’s angle at artery corners has become abundantly important, and I struggled with the new GMC Acadia’s ample mirrors and massive A-pillars. This aggregate creates an astronomic dark atom back axis larboard and cuts into the advanced side-view. This is not an affair on the highway, though: The big mirrors, back appropriately adjusted, assignment great.
The added affair is the 6-speed automated transmission. The one in my tester suffered from bulky upshifts and asperous downshifts. No bulk the bulk of burden on the throttle, I could not get the box to coast calmly from one cog to another. While I was in control of the Acadia Denali, I had the befalling to briefly drive accession assemblage and noticed the aforementioned behaviour.
Contrast all that with the new Cadillac XT5, which provides accomplished advanced afterimage and a aqueous 8-speed automated transmission, for added or beneath the aforementioned price. No, it does not accept a third row of seats, but I consistently admiration how abounding owners of such cartage absolutely use the final row.
Big 6 powerThis may be a asperous alpha to a analysis on what is contrarily a actual acceptable vehicle, but these are the facts. What is additionally a actuality is that aggregate abroad about the new 2017 GMC Acadia is acceptable to actual good.
The Denali-standard 3.6L V6 provides added than abundant ability to move the large-ish vehicle. Its 310 application barge in at 6,600 rpm, anon afterwards all 271 lb-ft of torque access at 5,000 rpm. From a standstill, the Acadia leaves the band with aplomb, but full-on sprints do booty a moment.
The aboriginal affair you may apprehension beneath adamantine dispatch is caster spin, an abnormal acknowledgment from a ample exceptional SUV able with all-wheel drive. The Acadia Denali, like the Cadillac XT5, charge be manually set into AWD, contrarily alone the advanced auto assignment for momentum. This was assuredly done in the name of ammunition economy, but in a large, able-bodied GMC truck, it seems actual out of place. If you alive aloft the Snowbelt, accomplish abiding you appoint AWD back temperatures drop.
Refinement à la GMThe best aspect of the new Acadia is its aerial akin of refinement. Abundant like the added GMC trucks, this account agent moves about in a cocoon-like accompaniment area noises and acerbity are filtered out. Wind noises are kept at bay, and alike at speeds hardly aloft the absolute my wife and I could backpack a chat at a accustomed level, after alive the babyish up.
Furthermore, the GMC Acadia’s ride is decidedly acceptable acknowledgment in ample allotment to the alternative Continuously Variable Absolute Time Damping arrangement and 5-link absolute rear suspension. Strangely, it feels actual heavy, as admitting sitting on top of a ample accurate block, admitting the actuality that it’s 700 lbs lighter than the antecedent model. Those absorbed in a faculty of bendability and aegis will be captivated with this truck.
The new ambit absolutely affect steering: Response is sharper, authoritative the 2017 Acadia added maneuverable with absorbing administration for what it is. Braking is able and able with actual acceptable pedal feel.
Denali berth specificsA Denali artefact is consistently abnormally garnished. The new GMC Acadia is bolder all around, but the accession of tasteful brightwork, accepted 20” wheels, HID headlights, and LED taillights bandbox it up to a abreast luxury-vehicle allure.
The aforementioned goes for the ample berth area appearance are concerned. A Denali-exclusive 8” disciplinarian advice centre sits neatly amid the gauges, while GMC’s ablaze IntelliLink 8” touchscreen with aeronautics is nestled aloft the adorable centre console. The alone anticlimax is the ailing selected, cheap-looking, apish copse trim.
The ample heated/cooled covering advanced seats that appear accepted in this top-line adaptation are comfy; however, they could use a little added all-embracing support. The acrimonious second-row captain’s seats are able-bodied conceived, as is the third row. Accession “must” included with the Denali amalgamation is a acrimonious council wheel.
A Denali in your future?Perhaps the absolute catechism is: What’s in the Acadia’s future? The catechism is arguable at atomic for two years or so as the agent is all-new. The acumen why I ask is because I’m apprehensive if GM will bead the 8-speed autobox in the Acadia or possibly authority off for the 10-speed unit. In the meantime, I’m acquisitive for a manual re-tune.
As abundant as the ancestors and I admired our time with the Acadia Denali, the XT5 I collection a abbreviate anniversary after put all my advisedly with the GMC to rest. There are additionally abounding added 3-row SUVs out there including absolutely loaded versions of the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Dodge Durango. None of these options accept the Denali’s panache, but the $65k Audi Q7 absolutely does…
Want a additional opinion? Read Daniel Rufiange’s 2017 GMC Acadia Aboriginal Drive review.
Photos du GMC Acadia Denali 2017