Both the 2017 Ford Explorer and the 2017 GMC Acadia deliver a family-oriented experience with excellent safety features, a versatile interior, and seating for seven passengers. While each of these three-row SUVs is affordable and available in a range of configurations, most Hoover drivers will find themselves pulled to one model over the other. By taking a closer look at the two models, you will get a better idea of which one you should own.
In terms of seating comfort, either the Ford Explorer or the GMC Acadia let you add heating, ventilation, and leather upholstery to the seats. The Ford Explorer has a bit more bolstering as standard than the Acadia while the GMC makes up for this with a bit more legroom. That being said, adults aren’t likely to want to sit in the third row of either SUV since it can be challenging to get to for larger bodies.
As expected from their segment, the Explorer and Acadia both have very flexible interiors that let you fold the second and third rows of seats completely or half at a time. In either case, the second-row seats move forward if you need the passenger space but want a little more cargo room. Keep in mind, however, that the Ford Explorer has about 10 more cubic feet for cargo when all seats are occupied.
Either of these SUVs will let you choose from several powertrains, but the Ford Explorer has more options. The GMC Acadia offers a 194-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and a 310-horsepower V6 engine. Meanwhile, the Explorer lets you pick from a V6, a turbocharged 4-cylinder with paddle shifters and 28 mpg*, and a twin-turbocharged V6 for 350 horsepower, also with paddle shifters. If one of the GMC’s engines appeals to you, then the Explorer’s extra choices won’t be an advantage. If, however, you want extra power or more options, the Ford is the way to go.
Whether you need help comparing the 2017 Ford Explorer to the competition or want to get a feel for it on a test drive around Hoover, Alabama, the team at Long Lewis Ford can assist you.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.