2016 GMC Acadia Review
Based on its history during last several years, the 2016 GMC Acadia is most likely to offer only minor updates. Namely, the 2013 model came thoroughly redesigned. At the time, its front fascia and the rear liftgate underwent the most prominent changes. Also, the interior received a large number of improved materials. As for the 2014 Acadia, it came with certain technological updates and several new features. Then the 2015 GMC Acadia model went a step further and offered new body paints as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and newly designed 20-inch alloy wheels. That said, it seems very reasonable that the 2016 Acadia is due to offer at least some updates. Moreover, it proves that GM is ready to invest considerable amounts in this crossover SUV.
The Acadia is actually the first GMC’s full-size crossover SUV ever. It is also the company’s first unibody model as well as the first FWD vehicle. The model first appeared on the US market in late 2006. Its upscale version with Denali trim level arrived in 2010. The Acadia uses GM’s Lambda platform, the same one that underpins the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. Its spacious cabin can accomodate up to eight passengers. The buyers can choose between FWD and AWD configurations, while the vehicle boasts the towing capacity of 5,200 lb. Ever since its debut, the Acadia’s sales figures have been steadily increasing. So, the 2016 GMC Acadia is expected to keep pace with its predecessors and even surpass their success.
2016 GMC Acadia Specs and Price
The 2016 GMC Acadia will be available in several versions. Alongside the base version, there will be SLE-1 and SLE-2 packages to choose from. The range-topping model will come as the 2016 GMC Acadia Denali. All of the variants will be powered by the same 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine equipped with Spark-ignition direction-injection technology. This unit produces 281 hp at 6,300 rpm and 266 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm. Both FWD and AWD will be offered as well as a six-speed automatic transmission. As for the fuel economy, the FWD models is estimated at 17 city/24 hwy mpg, while the AWD Acadia returns 16 city/23 hwy mpg.
The 2016 GMC Acadia Denali offers basically the same specs as the standard model. Of course, the difference is in the upscale design quality as well as the longer list of available amenities. The dual-exhaust version churns out 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.
The pricing of the upcoming model is expected to stay in the same range. So, the 2016 GMC Acadia with the SLE-1 package will cost around $36,000, the SLE-2 version around $38,500, while the 2016 GMC Acadia Denali should cost slightly less than $50,000.