2016 Explorer vs GMC Acadia

March 31st, 2017 by
Ford Explorer vs GMC Acacia

The 2016 Ford Explorer and the GMC Acadia are two of the most powerful three-row crossover SUVs on the road. Both provide ample passenger space, modern convenience features, and impressive towing capabilities. Before you decide which model is right for you, check out our four-category guide.

2016 Ford Explorer vs GMC Acadia

Power and Performance

We like the 2016 Ford Explorer’s powerful engine lineup. There’s even a turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine option that’s designed to balance performance with optimal fuel economy. The turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 engine enhances utility, with 365 horses and 350 pound-feet of torque. Use it to tow maximum loads of up to 5,000 pounds. No matter which engine you choose, you can add four-wheel drive for enhanced off-road performance.

The Acadia derives its power from a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic for a smooth ride. Properly equipped, the Acadia can tow up to 5,200 pounds. Choose all-wheel drive for increased traction over wet pavement.


Here the GMC Acadia takes the lead. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall safety. OnStar telematics enhance peace of mind with features like automatic collision notification and stolen vehicle tracking. A variety of airbags protect passengers during a crash.

When it comes to safety, the 2016 Ford Explorer proved difficult to beat. Its rearview camera maximizes rear visibility, so you can parallel park with ease. High-tech systems – such as lane-keeping assist – monitor your surroundings and alert you to danger. As with the Acacia, the Explorer earned a five-star overall rating in government crash tests.

Modern Convenience

In the 2016 Ford Explorer, modern infotainment features keep you connected on the go. Use Ford’s voice-activated Sync system to explore infotainment apps safely, with your eyes on the road ahead. Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity lets you make hands-free calls. The auto-dimming rearview mirror reduces nighttime glare. Use the 110-volt power outlet to keep devices charged at all times.

The Acadia is also big on modern technology. An in-car Wi-Fi hotspot lets you surf the Web from anywhere. The IntelliLink infotainment interface is intuitive and easy to use. With the navigation system, it’s easy to explore unfamiliar territory.

Passenger Space and Comfort

Once again, the 2016 Ford Explorer is our top pick. Inside, the cabin is attractive and spacious. Big families can spread out over three rows of seating, where plush, supportive cushioning maximizes comfort. On the road, the Explorer cabin remains peaceful and quiet, with minimal road and wind noise.

The GMC Acadia also provides ample passenger space and comfort. All three rows are adult-friendly, making it the perfect pick for socialites. The second row slides forward for easy access to the rear seats. No matter where you choose to sit, you can count on generous head- and legroom.

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Ford Explorer vs GMC Acacia

Both the 2016 Ford Explorer and the GMC Acadia are three-row crossovers that are great options for big families, but we prefer the Ford Explorer. Its three engine options give you the necessary power for a smooth, comfortable ride. Use V6 models to tow up to 5,000 pounds. Inside, seating is always comfortable and space abundant. Contemporary features keep you endlessly infotained. Come in and test drive a Ford today!

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