Horsepower

Torque

Explorer 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

300 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

Explorer 3.3 DOHC V6 hybrid

318 HP

322 lbs.-ft.

Explorer Platinum 3.0 turbo V6

365 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Explorer ST 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

415 lbs.-ft.

Acadia 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

193 HP

188 lbs.-ft.

Acadia 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

230 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Acadia 3.6 DOHC V6

310 HP

271 lbs.-ft.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Explorer, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a nine-speed automatic is available for the Acadia.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Acadia:

Explorer

Explorer ST

Explorer ST opt.

Acadia

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the Acadia (255/65R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Explorer ST/Platinum’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Acadia (275/45R21 vs. 255/65R17).

The Explorer ST/Platinum’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

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

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Explorer can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The Acadia doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Explorer’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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 6.6 inches longer than on the Acadia (119.1 inches vs. 112.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Acadia.

For greater off-road capability the Explorer has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (7.9 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Explorer’s minimum ground clearance is .1 inch higher than on the Acadia All Terrain (7.9 vs. 7.8 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Explorer has 8.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Acadia (152.7 vs. 143.8).

Cargo Capacity

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

Explorer

Acadia

Behind Third Seat

18.2 cubic feet

12.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

47.9 cubic feet

41.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87.8 cubic feet

79 cubic feet

The Explorer’s cargo area is larger than the Acadia’s in every dimension:

Explorer

Acadia AT4

Acadia

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20.8”/49.8”/83.9”

n.a./48”/83”

18.5”/48”/83”

Max Width

59”

50”

50”

Min Width

48.1”

42.5”

42.5”

Height

33.7”

33”

33”

Both the Explorer and the Acadia have standard second row automatic folding seats. The Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum’s third row seats also fold up or down at the press of a button. The Acadia doesn’t offer automatic folding third row seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Explorer. The Acadia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Explorer’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Acadia’s (3000 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the GMC Acadia is only 4000 pounds. The Explorer offers up to a 5600 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Explorer is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Acadia. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The Explorer’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.

On a hot day the Explorer’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 Explorer’s 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.

The Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum’s standard 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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Explorer Platinum has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Acadia doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Explorer ST/Platinum’s Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Acadia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The Ford Explorer outsold the GMC Acadia by almost three to one during 2018.

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