Date Posted: January 16, 2019

Midsize sports utility vehicles (SUVs) have been on a roll, with SUVs like the 2019 GMC Acadia in Central Oregon leading the way. With its majestic appearance, full range 7-seater capability, and 4000lb towing capacity, it screams power and adventure. However, the 2019 Ford Explorer slowly announced itself back into the market is continuing to shake it up. With its elegant features and robust structure, the Ford Explorer has what it takes to topple rivals in the midsize SUV  category.

Is the 2019 GMC Acadia primed to survive the 2019 Ford Explorer's impending challenge?


Safety Comparison

The 2019 GMC Acadia is one of the brand's best vehicles and a great heir to GMC's tradition of highly efficient cars. However, some of its trims lack essential safety features that complement its size. For example, the Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure warning is not available on the SLT basic trims. The Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, which would have been a great cruise control attribute, is also left off of the standard features.

The GMC Acadia's headlights also leave a lot to be desired. The lackluster headlights of the 2018 model managed a "marginal" rating with the IIHS, making them a safety liability. The 2019 model will most likely also have the same headlights-a point against its favor.

On the other hand, the 2019 Ford Explorer is one of the safest midsize SUVs in the market. The Ford Explorer is complete with Ford's signature driver assist features. The standout technologies include a fantastic lane departure system, a controlled lane keep assist function, and responsive start/stop cruise control.

When it comes to towing, the Ford Explorer is also highly dependable. Its Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control feature is a welcome innovation, adjusting braking and engine power so the trailer remains stable. This feature works hand in hand with the Ford Explorer's towing capability of 5,000 lbs, ensuring a smooth journey in spite of a heavy load.

Passenger Space Comparison

Aside from the well-designed cabin, the 2019 GMC Acadia takes pride in its Smart Slide Seats. Such technology allows passengers to move into the third row easily. However, the third row is the last place anyone would want to be in, as it feels cramped in comparison to the other rows.

In addition, cargo can be a problem in the GMC Acadia. At 12.80 cubic ft of volume up to the third row, the GMC Acadia has one of the smallest cargo capacities in its class. Even with the two available under floor cargo storage areas, cargo capacity is unimpressive.

The 2019 Ford Explorer has a more visually stunning cabin, with thoughtful designs present from the seats down to the dashboard.  It lives up to its moniker, allowing passengers to explore better views via the Twin Panel Moonroof. Out front, the console buttons are all easy to reach within the SYNC 3 8-inch touchscreen.

The Ford Explorer boasts one of the best infotainment suites yet, empowering both drivers and passengers. With the Ford+Alexa assistant, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE WiFi, navigating outdoors has never been easier. 

Reliability Comparison

Ford vehicles are highly reliable, beating their GMC counterparts by a landslide. Ford models have been known to last up to 198,409 miles on the road. In comparison, GMC lasts only up to 195,754 miles.

The 2019 GMC Acadia has a basic warranty of 3 years/36,000 miles. On the other hand, the 2019 Ford Explorer has a five year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Engine Comparison

At their most basic trims, the 2019 Ford Explorer's engine is far ahead of the 2019 GMC Acadia. The Ford Explorer boasts a 3.5L TI-VCT V6, which generates an impressive 365 horsepower. This makes the GMC Acadia's 2.5L DOHC 4-Cylinder SIDI Engine ordinary at best.

The Ford's capabilities also make it more adventure friendly compared to the GMC. A Ford Explorer can tow up to 5,000 lbs. - the best of its class in the midsize category. The GMC Acadia's optimal towing capability of 4,000 lbs is simply inferior.

Lastly, Ford's Terrain Management System is more versatile, with four settings suited for grass, gravel, sand or snow. In comparison, the GMC's Traction Select System could only manage up to two settings per trim.

2019 Ford Explorer: The Mid-Size SUV King

The 2019 GMC Acadia in Central Oregon is stylish and powerful, but simply not in the same league as the 2019 Ford Explorer. The mid-size SUV easily continues Ford's dominance in terms of performance, safety, and technology.

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