Comparison: 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 GMC Acadia

Comparison: 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 GMC Acadia

SUV's offer space for families, comfort for long road trips, and are perfectly built for our active lifestyles. The 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 GMC Acadia are two of the leading midsize crossover vehicles on the market. The comparison below shares details about their performance, features and safety. The Ford Explorer offers more of what you need, so visit us in Poughkeepsie for a test drive.

Performance

2018 Ford Explorer

The redesigned 2018 Ford Explorer comes in five trims, Explorer, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. The base model gets its power from a 2.3L EcoBoost® engine which delivers 280-hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. The estimated EPA rating is 24 mpg of highway driving and 17 mpg in the city. The Sport and Platinum grades use a 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine that generates 365-hp plus 350 lb.-ft. of torque and was given a best-in-class designation. Both engines use a 6-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission. Options include the Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management system which allows a choice between different driving modes; mud, sand, gravel, grass or snow and includes Hill Descent Control. Also available is towing and trailer sway control and allows the Explorer to tow up to 5,000 lbs.

2018 GMC Acadia

The 2018 GMC Acadia comes in four grades, SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali. The SL model utilizes a 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI engine along with a stop/start system to optimize fuel efficiency. The 6-speed automatic transmission produces 193-hp and 188 lb.-ft. of torque. The higher trims have a 3.6L V6 engine creates 310-hp and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. The estimated EPA rating is 26 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg of city driving. A Traction Select option is available which gives the capability to switch between driving modes based on road conditions. All-wheel drive, off-road, snow, sport and trailer/tow are included.

Features & Technology

2018 Ford Explorer

The 2018 Explorer seats up to seven. The second row features a 60/40 split-fold-flat bench and available bucket seats, while the third row has a 50/50 split folding seat with comfortable, spacious passenger seating. When all of the seats are folded, there is 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Available features include twin-panel moonroof, massaging driver and passenger seats, 500-watt audio sound system from Sony® with Clear Phase® and Live Acoustics™, and hands-free, foot-activated liftgate. SYNC® 3 with SiriusXM®, RadioFord+Alexa and FordPass, an app that allows you to lock, unlock and start your car remotely as well as compare fuel prices at different stations, are all options.

2018 GMC Acadia

The Acadia offers three rows and seats up to seven. If both the second and third rows are folded, the maximum amount of cargo space is 79.0 cubic feet. Standard is keyless open and start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch infotainment system with a 6-speaker audio system, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi® capability. Available features include 8-way power front passenger seat, 8-inch infotainment system, Bose® premium 8-speaker audio system, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.

Safety

2018 Ford Explorer

Standard safety features include curve control, active park assist and a front 180-degree camera with split-view. Available is the Ford Safe & Smart® package which alerts you to unintentional lane drifting as well as potential collision with vehicles ahead.

2018 GMC Acadia

A new safety feature that is standard is a rear seat reminder. If a second-row door is opened and closed during or before a trip, an alert is given to remind the driver to check the rear seats. Available safety options include rear park assist, lane change alert and a teen driver system.

Pricing

2018 Ford Explorer

Starting at $32,140 MSRP

2018 GMC Acadia

Starting at $29,000 MSRP

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