Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Edge VS 2016 GMC Acadia Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2016 Ford Edge

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2016 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Acadia doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional 180-degree camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Acadia only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Edge and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the GMC Acadia:

Edge

Acadia

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

129 G’s

Hip Force

281 lbs.

318 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

647 lbs.

704 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

585 lbs.

677 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Edge as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Acadia is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

The Edge’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Acadia’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 74 percent more Ford dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Acadia:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Acadia SLE/SLT 3.6 DOHC V6

281 HP

266 lbs.-ft.

Acadia Denali 3.6 DOHC V6

288 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Acadia SLE/SLT:

Edge

Acadia

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Acadia:

Edge

Acadia

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./ 6-spd. Auto

21 city/30 hwy

n/a

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./ 6-spd. Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/25 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

2.7 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Acadia doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Acadia doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge stops much shorter than the Acadia:

Edge

Acadia

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Acadia (265/40R21 vs. 255/65R18).

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Acadia SL/SLE’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Acadia Denali’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Acadia’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Acadia’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Edge flat and controlled during cornering. The Acadia’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Acadia doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Acadia SLT AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Acadia SLT AWD (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 pounds less than the GMC Acadia.

The Edge is 1 foot shorter than the Acadia, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Acadia doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Acadia doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 1.3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and 3.8 inches more rear legroom than the Acadia.

The front step up height for the Edge is 1.4 inches lower than the Acadia (17.5” vs. 18.9”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the Acadia’s (18” vs. 19.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area than the Acadia with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 24.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the Acadia’s liftover is 31 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Acadia doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s available cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Acadia doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Acadia’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Acadia can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Acadia doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access standard on the Edge allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The GMC Acadia doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Acadia’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Acadia only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Edge Titanium/Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Acadia doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Edge and the Acadia offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Acadia.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Edge’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Acadia doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge offers an optional Titanium/Sport, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Acadia doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Acadia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $4578 to $6430 less than for the GMC Acadia.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The GMC Acadia didn't win any award.

The Ford Edge outsold the GMC Acadia by 24% during the 2015 model year.

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