2017 acadia 6 cylinder vs 4 cylinder and denali vs not review
for those wondering, we had a loaner the other day that was an sle 4 cylinder, which we were considering when we bought ours, but never drove one until the loaner.
The denali is really nice, I finally figured out until they fix it how to fill the thing up, so I finally verified the DIC is .5-1MPG low compared to actual. 35 highway, 30 mixed on a different highway with constant rolling hills, both at 55, and 20 in town, but that kind of mileage requires keeping the DOD in 4 cylinders as much as possible and safe. This is a very quiet and refined vehicle.
Now, the SLE. This car was just as comfortable, cloth seats and all, as the denali without adaptive suspension, has active grill shutters and stop/start. The DIC still has a nice array of pages, the radio was still good, and the transmission of coarse is the same. The active grill shutters and it always being a 4 cylinder should mean much more consistent gas mileage, so if that is a consideration, and you don't want to have to manually work to keep it in 4 cylinders to get good gas mileage, this is the car for you. You really should not tow with this engine, I'm saying this having towed 3500LBS behind a saurn ion 5 speed. This is for two main reasons: 1, the car is just so big you wouldn't have enough power to do it safely, but the biggest is; 2, the transmission doesn't have a cooler, so even on the 55 degree day we drove it, the transmission got up to 200 degrees in bad stop and go, and start/stop didn't always kick in, probably due to the frequency of the stops. I don't see the transmission lasting towing without a cooler in this arrangement. The 4 cylinder is NOT refined to the level I expected, it wasn't even on par with the 1.5T equinox LT I test drove, the stop/start was harsh (it can be disabled if desired), but was seamless enough (again, no as seamless or refined as the equinox) that it wasn't too annoying, and the sound insulation is more Saturn ion, and less Cadillac, but if you don't have the scratch, it's a perfectly nice vehicle, and quite a bit cheaper. any questions/comments are welcome, just figured I'd do a writeup since I couldn't find any comparisons.