5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Leg Forces (l/r)

53/40 lbs.

112/392 lbs.



4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

128 lbs.

152 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

186 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Traverse is safer than the GMC Acadia:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Hip Force

204 lbs.

253 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

716 lbs.

896 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Hip Force

554 lbs.

673 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.


There are over 73 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Traverse’s warranty.


To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Traverse has a 170-amp alternator. The Acadia’s standard 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 2 places higher in reliability than GMC.


The Traverse’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 117 more horsepower (310 vs. 193) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Traverse’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 80 more horsepower (310 vs. 230) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 258) than the Acadia’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Traverse uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Acadia with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chevrolet Traverse higher (6 out of 10) than the GMC Acadia (5 to 6). This means the Traverse produces up to 6.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Acadia every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The Traverse stops shorter than the Acadia:



60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Traverse has larger tires than the Acadia (255/65R18 vs. 235/65R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Traverse has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Traverse’s wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the Acadia (120.9 inches vs. 112.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Traverse is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Acadia.

For greater off-road capability the Traverse has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (7.6 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Traverse to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Traverse has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Acadia can only carry up to 7.

Cargo Capacity

The Traverse’s cargo area provides more volume than the Acadia.



Behind Third Seat

23 cubic feet

12.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.8 cubic feet

41.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

98.2 cubic feet

79 cubic feet


The Traverse’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Acadia’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the GMC Acadia is only 4000 pounds. The Traverse offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.


On a hot day the Traverse’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Acadia can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Traverse LS/LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Acadia doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Traverse owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Traverse will cost $45 to $2765 less than the Acadia over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Traverse is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because typical repairs cost much less on the Traverse than the Acadia, including $93 less for a muffler, $3 less for front brake pads, $26 less for front struts and $576 less for a power steering pump.


The Chevrolet Traverse outsold the GMC Acadia by 65% during 2018.

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