Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Ford Edge VS 2018 GMC Acadia Near Washington, NC

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2018 Ford Edge

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2018 Ford Edge

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2018 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 front 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 seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, 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, front and rear parking sensors 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 79 percent more Ford dealers than 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’ 2017 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 6 places higher in reliability than GMC.

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.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport is faster than the GMC Acadia V6:

 

Edge

Acadia

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

92.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge FWD turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Acadia FWD 4 cyl. (21 city/29 hwy vs. 21 city/26 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge stops shorter than the Acadia:

 

Edge

Acadia

 

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

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.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Acadia SLT AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Acadia SLT AWD (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the Acadia Denali AWD:

 

Edge

Acadia

At idle

40 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

68 dB

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

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the Acadia’s liftover is 32 inches.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Edge. The Acadia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Acadia’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front 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 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 SEL/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 Titanium/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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $450 less than the Acadia over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because it costs $450 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Acadia, including $9 less for an alternator, $99 less for front brake pads, $131 less for fuel injection, $103 less for a fuel pump, $178 less for a timing belt/chain and $294 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $1185 to $3995 less than for the GMC Acadia.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Edge

Acadia

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

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

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