Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Explorer VS 2018 GMC Acadia Near Buford, GA

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2018 Ford Explorer

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2018 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Explorer are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The GMC Acadia doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer 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.

Both the Explorer and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 79 percent more Ford dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Acadia doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 6 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer has more powerful engines than the Acadia:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Explorer 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

280 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

Explorer 3.5 DOHC V6

290 HP

255 lbs.-ft.

Explorer Sport/Platinum 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Acadia 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

193 HP

188 lbs.-ft.

Acadia 3.6 DOHC V6

310 HP

271 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Explorer Sport/Platinum 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the GMC Acadia V6:

 

Explorer

Acadia

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.8 sec

17.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

6.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

3.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

94 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Acadia:

 

Explorer

Acadia

Front Rotors

13.85 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12.4 inches

The Explorer stops shorter than the Acadia:

 

Explorer

Acadia

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the Acadia (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Explorer’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Acadia (255/50R20 vs. 245/65R17).

The Explorer Base/XLT’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’s standard 65 series tires. The Explorer’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Explorer Base/XLT has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Acadia.

The Explorer’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.1% to 44.9%) than the Acadia’s (56.5% to 43.5%). This gives the Explorer more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Explorer has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (7.8 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Explorer Sport 4WD is quieter than the Acadia Denali AWD:

 

Explorer

Acadia

At idle

37 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

78 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Explorer has 7.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Acadia (151.5 vs. 143.8).

The Explorer has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear hip room, 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom and 2.2 inches more third row legroom than the Acadia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the Acadia.

 

Explorer

Acadia

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

12.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43.9 cubic feet

41.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

79 cubic feet

The Explorer has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Acadia doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Both the Explorer and the Acadia offer second row automatic folding seats. The Explorer Limited/Sport/Platinum’s third row seats also fold up or down at the press of a button. The Acadia doesn’t offer automatic folding third row seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Explorer. The Acadia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Explorer’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Acadia’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. The Acadia’s optional front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

On a hot day the Explorer’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 Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport/Platinum’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.

The Explorer’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Acadia’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Explorer (except Base/XLT/Sport)’s optional Enhanced 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

Insurance will cost less for the Explorer owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Explorer with a number “8” insurance rate while the Acadia is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Explorer is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because it costs $297 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Explorer than the Acadia, including $126 less for front brake pads, $15 less for fuel injection and $250 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Explorer outsold the GMC Acadia by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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