As you can see by these photos, we are still wearing our sensible hats. We had to fight the very serious temptation to bag ourselves a sporty two-door V8 and opt instead for another long-termer which places comfort and practicality at the top of its priorities and that is because you guys clogged up our inboxes with fan mail during the Odyssey Touring’s stay at wheels HQ. The dearly departed MPV was very good indeed and since it is quite apparent that everyone and their dog is interested in big family haulers more so than sexy exotics (what’s the matter with you?!), we had a word with our IT department to increase our email capacity the moment the 2018 Acadia was delivered as we are expecting you will throw our latest arrival as much love as you did the Honda. And on first impressions, you’d be justified.
The GMC will be with us over the next six weeks (settle down back there!) and we are looking forward to spending time with the midsize luxury crossover which is blessed with a 3.6-litre V6 with direct injection, variable valve timing as well as Active Fuel Management (Cylinder Deactivation). It produces a healthy 310 horses at 6,600rpm and 367Nm of torque at 5,000rpm and comes mated to a slick six-speed automatic that sends the power to the front wheels or to all four via a simple twist of the electronically controlled drive mode selector. A spot of off-roading will be on the cards and as it weighs 1,794kg it’ll be interesting to see how it fares off the beaten track. We’ve only driven it on the black top so far and it has proven to be as smooth as silk.
It can accommodate six adults in the well appointed cabin but if they’re all as chubby as us, how comfortable will everyone be in there? It is something that we will be keen to find out but it isn’t just roomy, it is packed with all sorts of technology such as a Surround Vision Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Collision Preparation. We will be putting them all — apart for that last one we hope — to the test but it is safe to say that the Acadia has already piqued our interest and that is thanks to its bold, sculpted exterior. You can’t really miss this when it rolls by what with those large 20in wheels in bright aluminium and midnight silver accents, the dual exhaust outlets beneath the chrome lower-rear fascia and even more chrome appointments all over the body (the grille, bumper, side skirts — this is the Denali trim, so you should be expecting a lot of bright work...) but it looks good, not garish, as it all blends in nicely with the White Frost Tricoat paint.
Keep those emails short and sweet!