The new-look Acadia appears to be more svelte and smoother than the chunky styling it replaces. But the previous Acadia was getting long in the tooth, as it first appeared in 2006. Production methods have come a long way in the last 10 years, and the Acadia is only a few inches shorter than the full-size Yukon, and is 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing Acadia.
Power can be managed with the terrain-selection knob. If you opt for the front-wheel drive model, it features Normal, Snow, Sport, and Trailer/Tow modes. If you select the all-wheel drive model, the knob has 2×4 (which disconnects the AWD), Sport, Off-Road, and Trailer/Tow modes.
Pricing for the new Acadia has not yet been announced, but expect it to go on sale this Spring. When it does, it will come with an available 4,000-pound towing capacity, a wealth of the latest safety technology (think collision avoidance, lane departure warning, bling spot detection, etc), and frankly much of the daily usability found in the (barely) larger Yukon. Outside of very specific driving conditions, the capability gap between crossover and traditional SUVs is closing fast.