|2017 GMC Acadia||2017 VW Touareg|
|3.6-liter, V-6||Engine||3.6-liter, V-6|
|Six-speed Auto||Transmission||Eight-speed Auto|
|79 cu.-ft.||Max Cargo Capacity||64 cu.-ft.|
2017 GMC Acadia vs. 2017 Volkswagen Touareg
GMC has finally started to redesign its aging, yet popular, crossover SUV models available at Don Wheaton. It’s completely understandable that the automaker would start with the Acadia as it’s the brands highest profile crossover. Comparing the 2017 GMC Acadia vs. 2017 Volkswagen Touareg very quickly and clearly shows how far GMC’s efforts went with the new SUV. For the current model year, the 2017 Acadia comes to the Don Wheaton showroom having shed several hundred pounds, making it easier to handle in tight quarters as well as being more efficient. In short, the new 2017 Acadia offers better performance, has more advanced technology and offers more cargo space than the VW Touareg.
If there was an area where the 2017 Acadia and VW Touareg are fairly evenly matched, its with overall interior amenities. Both crossover SUVs offer all the features one would expect in premium models like these, including power windows, locks and air conditioning. Both vehicles also offer active safety systems to help keep drivers out of trouble where possible. However, the 2017 Acadia comes over the top with more advanced connectivity features like the ability to pair Android and Apple smartphone applications with the GMC IntelliLink infotainment system. There are several other VW models that offer this and later production versions of the Touareg could off the capability as well. What no VW vehicle has and is nearly universal in the GMC lineup (including on the 2017 Acadia) is the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
Performance of the 2017 Acadia
Don Wheaton customer considering the 2017 GMC Acaida or 2017 VW Touareg will each have a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine to work with. Acadia buyers will have more power to use in their travels. The 310-horsepower engine is optional on many trims of the new Acadia and standard on the Denali model. For customers with lower power needs who also place a greater value on efficiency can choose the four-cylinder model which offers nearly 200 horsepower. Looking at the fuel consumption scores of both V-6-powered SUVs give a pretty substantial advantage to the 2017 GMC Acadia. Since cargo space is such an important metric in this class, it’s key to point out that the new GMC crossover SUV offers an additional 15 cubic-feet than what can be found in the 2017 Touareg.