Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 GMC Acadia Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Ford Edge

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2017 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge 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 seat belts.

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.

Both the Edge and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 2 times as many Ford dealers as 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’ 2016 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th.

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 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 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.

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/29 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

21 city/25 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

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’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Acadia are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Acadia (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Acadia (265/40R21 vs. 245/65R17).

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’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge SE/SEL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Acadia.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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.

Chassis Comparison

The Edge is 5.5 inches shorter than the Acadia, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 1.6 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom, 4.2 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Acadia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area than the Acadia with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

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.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge’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 front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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.

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. 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 Edge 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.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Edge, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Ford Edge outsold the GMC Acadia by 65% during the 2016 model year.

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