2017 GMC Acadia Limited

#63
in Midsize SUVs
2017 MODEL

$43,850 - $45,850

7.4

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2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV offers a spacious interior and an excellent towing capacity. The 2017 avatar of the Acadia Limited SUV offers enough space in the 3rd row for accommodating 2 adults, a rarity in the segment. The ride is also superior in terms of cargo capacity, having almost the same cargo capacity as that offered by a typical minivan.

Under the hood, 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV boasts a 3.6L V6 engine. It is capable of producing 281 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Maximum rpm available to engine power and torque is 6300 and 3400, respectively. For gear-shifting, 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission mode.

Alternatives to the 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV include Honda Pilot LX and Dodge Durango SXT. Hyundai's Santa Fe SE is also an opportune substitute. 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV is overshadowed by its rivals in terms of good fuel economy and a better acceleration. Nonetheless, the ride retaliates with impressive cargo capacity and spacious seating.


8.4/10
Features

 

6.4/10
Engine

 

6.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.3/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV offers a spacious interior and an excellent towing capacity. The 2017 avatar of the Acadia Limited SUV offers enough space in the 3rd row for accommodating 2 adults, a rarity in the segment. The cargo capacity is almost as a minivan can offer but with luxuries of an SUV.

Under the hood, 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV boasts a 3.6L V6 engine. It is capable of producing 281 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Maximum rpm available to engine power and torque is 6300 and 3400, respectively. For gear-shifting, 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission mode.

Alternatives to the 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV include Honda Pilot LX and Dodge Durango SXT. Hyundai's Santa Fe SE is also an opportune substitute. 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV is overshadowed by its rivals in terms of good fuel economy and a better acceleration. Nonetheless, the ride retaliates with impressive cargo capacity and spacious seating.

2017 GMC Acadia Limited Features

8.4/10

Although available in a single trim, there are 2 variants of the 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV. Pricing options for the forward-wheel-drive variant start from $43,850. The all-wheel-drive variant is $2,000 more expensive than the FWD variant.

Trim Acadia Limited
MSRP (FWD) $43,850
MSRP (AWD) $45,850
Key Features
  • Auto dimming left side-view door mirror
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Power remote heated folding side-view door mirrors with tilt down, turn signal indicator
  • Power cargo access remote release
  • Keyfob (all doors) remote keyless entry
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Navigation system
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite with seek-scan, single in-dash CD player

2017 GMC Acadia Limited Engine

6.4/10

"Power from the V6 engine is adequate when getting up to highway speeds, but it does feel labored when attempting to pass slower traffic, especially when loaded with people and cargo."-Edmunds

Engine & Transmission

2017 GMC Acadia Limited specs include a 3.6L V6 engine, the same one as that in the Dodge Durango SXT. The engine generates 281 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque for the Acadia Limited SUV. It is complemented by a 6-speed automatic transmission mode, a staple in the segment.

Models GMC Acadia Limited Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe SE Dodge Durango SXT
MSRP $43,850 $30,595 $30,800 $29,995
Engine 3.6L V6 3.5-liter V-6 engine 3.3-liter V-6 engine 3.6-liter V-6 engine
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-Speed Automatic Transmission 6-Speed Automatic Transmission 8- Speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower 281 hp @ 6300 rpm 280 hp 290 hp 293 hp
Torque 266 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm 262 lb.-ft. 252 lb-ft. 260 lb.-ft.

Though the torque is maximum amongst the class rivals, power is not. In fact, Dodge Durango SXT offers the most power of 293 hp in the segment. Honda Pilot LX offers the lowest engine power of 280 hp. Hyundai Santa Fe SE, on the other hand, has the least torque offering of 252 lb.-ft.

Acceleration

Although 2017 GMC Acadia Limited is a great performer, it has a very pitiful acceleration. The ride takes 8.1 seconds for accelerating to 60 MPH. In contrast, Dodge Durango SXT does the same in 7.6 seconds. Hyundai Santa Fe SE outshines both rides by shooting to 60 MPH in 6.7 seconds.

Models GMC Acadia Limited Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe SE Dodge Durango SXT
0-60 MPH 8.1 sec 6.1 sec 6.7 sec 7.6 Sec
Quarter mile N/A 15.1 sec 15.2 sec 15.8 sec
Engine 3.6L 3.5L 3.3L 3.6 L
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.8 8.0 NA 8.4

However, it is the Honda Pilot LX that offers the quickest 0-60 MPH acceleration. The ride takes 6.1 seconds for accelerating to 60 MPH. The ride also offers the quickest time for covering a quarter-mile, 15.1 seconds.

Ride and Handling

2017 GMC Acadia Limited is a big SUV to handle. As such, the ride feels cumbersome to handle in coarse roads and small parking spots. The robust V6 engine is powerful enough to let the ride soar on highways. However, it feels overwhelmed when traversing slower traffic. This gets worse when the ride is full of people and cargo.

Handling and steering aren't as clean as some of its class rivals, probably because of the ride's voluminous build. Nonetheless, 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV is a great people carrier. The ride offers a smooth, comfortable ride on most roads. Moreover, the cabin is clean and quiet, free from any kind of noises and undesired bumps.

Braking

The 2017 incarnation of the GMC Acadia Limited SUV has an average braking power. This is mostly because of the heavier build of the ride. With a total curb weight of 4656 lbs., GMC Acadia Limited is much bulkier than the Honda Pilot LX and the Hyundai Santa Fe SE.

Model GMC Acadia Limited Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe SE Dodge Durango SXT
Brake Front (in.) N/A 12.6 12.6 13.0
Brake Rear (in.) N/A 13.0 11.9 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4656 4054 4026 4756
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A 128 125 124

Honda Pilot LX takes 128 feet for coming to a complete halt when decelerated from 60 MPH. Comparatively, Hyundai Santa Fe SE and Dodge Durango SXT require 125 and 124 feet for doing the same, respectively.

Towing Capacity

Model GMC Acadia Limited Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe SE Dodge Durango SXT
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 5200 3500 5000 6500

2017 iteration of the GMC Acadia Limited SUV has a remarkable towing capacity of 5200 lbs. This makes the ride outshine Honda Pilot LX and Hyundai Santa Fe SE. However, Dodge Durango SXT bests GMC Acadia Limited SUV with a maximum towing capacity of 6500 lbs.

2017 GMC Acadia Limited Fuel Economy

6.4/10

2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV lags behind its class rivals in terms of mileage. While the Honda Pilot LX leads the pack with a combined fuel economy of 22 mpg, Acadia Limited tanks the list with 18 mpg of combined mileage. In cities, GMC Acadia Limited delivers 15 mpg.

Model GMC Acadia Limited Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe SE Dodge Durango SXT
MPG (city) 15 19 18 19
MPG (highway) 22 27 25 26
MPG (combined) 18 22 21 21

2017 GMC Acadia Limited offers 22 mpg on highways. Honda Pilot LX and Dodge Durango SXT lead the pack with the most mileage of 19 mpg in cities. Honda Pilot LX is the most fuel-efficient ride on highways with a mileage of 27 mpg.

2017 GMC Acadia Limited Interior

8.0/10

"As a carryover of the last-generation model, the 2017 GMC Acadia Limited doesn't benefit from the improvement found in the redesigned, albeit smaller, Acadia."-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV can accommodate as much as 7 persons at once. This is better than the Dodge Durango SXT that offers a maximum seating for 5. Hyundai Santa Fe SE also offers a seating for 7. Honda Pilot LX, however, offers the maximum capacity of accommodating 8 persons at once. 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV has airy seating though.

Model GMC Acadia Limited Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe SE Dodge Durango SXT
Passenger capacity 7 8 7 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.3/61.6/41.3 40.1/62.0/40.9 39.9/59.4/41.3 39.9/58.5/40.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.6/61.0/36.8 40.2/62.0/38.4 39.4/58.3/40.4 39.8/58.3/38.6

GMC Acadia Limited offers 40.3 and 41.3 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively, in the front. Both are maximum among its class rivals. In the second row, 2017 GMC Acadia Limited has 39.6 and 36.8 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively. Honda Pilot LX offers the most headroom of 40.2 inches, while Santa Fe SE has the maximum rear legroom of 40.4 inches.

Infotainment System

2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV comes with the IntelliLink infotainment interface. Compared to the recent infotainment systems, IntelliLink is slow and small, although it has intuitive menus. Compared to the complete ride, the in-car technology has dated fast in case of the GMC Acadia Limited SUV. IntelliLink comes with a 6.5-inch touch display coupled with a 10-speaker Bose audio system. Satellite radio is available with the infotainment system.

There are 3 USB ports available with the IntelliLink infotainment system in the GMC Acadia Limited SUV. Though connectivity options via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth exist, there is no support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The ride comes with rear audio controls, allowing passengers sitting in the back to take control of the music.

Interior Features

The insides of the GMC Acadia Limited SUV boasts construction from high-quality materials. Key interior features available to the 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV are:

  • A heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • A universal garage door opener
  • Ambient lighting
  • Heated 8-way, power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • OnStar telematics
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

Cargo Capacity

2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV leads the pack in terms of the cargo capacity. The ride offers the most maximum cargo capacity of 116.1 cubic feet. Dodge Durango SXT offers the 2nd best maximum cargo capacity of 84.5 cubic feet. Hyundai Santa Fe SE has the least-in-league cargo capacity of 80 cubic feet.

Model GMC Acadia Limited Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe SE Dodge Durango SXT
Cargo Volume to seats 1 (ft.3) 24.1 83.9 80.0 84.5
Cargo Volume to seats 2 (ft.3) 70.1 46.8 40.9 47.7
Cargo Volume to seats 3 (ft.3) 116.1 16.5 13.5 NA

2017 GMC Acadia Limited Exterior

7.3/10

"The Acadia Limited still looks good, even after a decade of being on the road."-kbb.com

Dimension and Weight

2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV flaunts a length, width, and height of 200.8, 78.9, and 72.6 inches, respectively. While width and height are maxima amongst the competition, length is second only to Dodge Durango SXTs 201.2 inches. GMC Acadia Limited is a bulky ride with a total curb weight of 4656 lbs.

Model GMC Acadia Limited Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe SE Dodge Durango SXT
Curb weight (lbs.) 4656 4054 4026 4756
Length(in) 200.8 194.5 193.1 201.2
Width(in) 78.9 78.6 74.2 75.8
Height(in) 72.6 69.8 66.5 70.9
Ground clearance (in) 7.6 7.3 7.3 8.1
Wheelbase (in) 118.9 111 110.2 119.8
Track width (in) F/R N/A 66.3/66.3 64.1/64.5 63.9/64.1

2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV flaunts an impressive ground clearance of 7.6 inches. This is better than the 7.3 inches boasted by the Honda Pilot LX and the Hyundai Santa Fe SE. Dodge Durango ST, however, offers the best ground clearance of 8.1 inches. GMC Acadia Limited SUV boasts a wheelbase of 118.9 inches.

Exterior Features
2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV looks average on the outside at its best. There are a wide number of great features, though. Important exterior feats belonging to the 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV are:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Automatic xenon headlights
  • Dual-pane sunroof [Optional]
  • Foglights
  • Heated and power-folding mirrors
  • LED running lights
  • Power liftgate
  • Roof rails
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Automatic xenon headlights
  • Dual-pane sunroof [Optional]
  • Foglights
  • Heated and power-folding mirrors
  • LED running lights
  • Power liftgate
  • Roof rails

2017 GMC Acadia Limited Safety

Both IIHS and NHTSA ratings are available for the 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV. The ride boasts a flashy crash-test scorecard. Though the ride received a 4-star rating for rollover protection, overall, frontal, and side protection receives a 5-star rating. The roof strength is good and head restraints are up to the mark.

There is a multitude of safety and reliability features available with the 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV. Antilock brakes, multiple airbags, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors are some of the standard safety equipment. Moreover, advanced warning systems are also available with the 3-seater SUV. These advanced systems include cross-traffic alert and a blind-zone monitoring system.

Safety Features

  • Tire pressure sensors
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Oil-pressure warning

IIHS Rating

Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Basic
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Marginal

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 5 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

2017 GMC Acadia Limited Competition

Dodge Durango SXT vs GMC Acadia Limited SUV

With an opening bid of $29,995, Dodge Durango SXT has the least inexpensive price-tag in the competition. The ride boasts a 3.6L V6 engine that generates 293 hp of power in addition to supplying the ride with 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The power is maximum in the competition.

Unlike its class rivals, Dodge Durango SXT comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. Performance-wise, SXT has a sluggish acceleration. The ride shoots to 60 MPH in 7.6 seconds. Though it is better than the 8.1 seconds required by the GMC Acadia Limited. Nonetheless, the ride has a well combined fuel economy of 21 mpg.

Honda Pilot LX vs GMC Acadia Limited SUV

Another important competitor to the 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV is the Honda Pilot LX. Boasting a 3.5L V6 engine, Honda Pilot LX has 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque at its disposal. Like the GMC Acadia, the ride relies on a 6-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting.

Pricing options for the Honda Pilot LX start from $30,595. The ride supports an excellent acceleration for its segment. Pilot LX shoots to 60 MPH in mere 6.1 seconds. However, it has the least powerful braking system in the competition. The ride requires 128 feet for coming to a complete halt when decelerated from 60 MPH.

Hyundai Santa Fe SE vs GMC Acadia Limited SUV

The 3.3L V6 engine generates 290 hp of power and 252 lb.-ft. of torque in the Hyundai Santa Fe SE. The ride comes with an opening bid of $30,800. The ride features a responsive 6-speed automatic transmission mode and shoots to 60 MPH in 6.7 seconds.

Hyundai Santa Fe SE is the least bulky ride in the competition with a total curb weight of 4026 lbs. The ride offers a remarkable combined fuel economy of 21 mpg and has the smallest wheelbase of 110.2 inches in the competition.

2017 GMC Acadia Limited Final Verdict

2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV is an ideal 3-seater if carrying people and cargo is all you want. With an excellent security and reliability scorecard, the ride is one of the safest triple-seater SUVs available in the market. Moreover, it has airy interiors and an ample cargo capacity. The towing capacity is also good, if not great.

Nonetheless, 2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV has a price-tag that is much hefty than its rivals. The ride has a super sluggish acceleration too. Also, the ride doesn\u2019t offer better mileage than its contemporaries. Despite having these flaws, the SUV is comforting when it comes to traversing different road surfaces.

Pros

Good towing capacity

Impressive safety and reliability scorecard

League-leading cargo capacity

Maximum seating capacity of 7

Cons

Expensive

Sluggish acceleration

Smaller climate and infotainment controls

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$43850

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

217 cu. in.

horsepower

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

266 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

200.8 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

72.6 in.

curb weight

4656 lbs.

ground clearance

7.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

151.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

24.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

7000 lbs.

payload capacity

1755 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

highway range

484 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 GMC Acadia Limited in Sparkling Silver Metallic color  2017 GMC Acadia Limited in Quicksilver Metallic color  2017 GMC Acadia Limited in Iridium Metallic color  2017 GMC Acadia Limited in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2017 GMC Acadia Limited in Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic color  2017 GMC Acadia Limited in Crimson Red Tintcoat color
Sparkling Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.4

Engine

6.4

Fuel Economy

6.4

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.3

Driving

7.4

Comfort

7.8

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 GMC Acadia Limited 4dr SUV

4dr SUV

power
281 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$43,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $43,850 MSRP (15/18/22) 281 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7 NA

 2017 GMC Acadia Limited 4dr SUV AWD

4dr SUV AWD

power
281 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$45,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $45,850 MSRP (15/17/22) 281 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7 NA