The GMC Acadia vs Toyota Highlander
The class of midsize crossovers offers many diverse options for drivers of all types and preferences. There was stiff competition for well known brands such as GMC and Toyota. Two popular options that have been compared to one another are the GMC Acadia AWD and the Toyota Highlander. While each offer their own set of impressive features, we are going to break down the details to explain why the GMC Acadia is a better bet for shoppers in the market for a large crossover.
One of the major changes that the GMC Acadia underwent between 2016 and 2017 was the downgrade to the two rows of seats from the three rows the vehicle housed in 2016. Those who are in need of an 8-seat vehicle will be upset by this, but with this change comes a major perk for many other car shoppers. Added cargo room and passenger space are also a result of this change, which is one way the Acadia outshines its competition. Updated features include an oversized storage area, tie-down loop, and utility track system allowing drivers to place other cargo loops. There are also two additional storage cubbies under the cargo floor and two extra where the third row used to live. There is also a rear seat reminder system that will notify drivers and passengers when there is an item placed in the back seat and will remind them to check the area before exiting the vehicle.
The next category where the GMC Acadia impresses its audience is when it comes to its engine. While the model is smaller in size, it does not sacrifice power. The GMC Acadia AWD comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 310 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. On the other hand, the 2017 Toyota Highlander is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that pumps 295 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque. The Acadia’s powerful engine still manages to receive a fuel economy of 21 mpg city, 26 highway, and 23 combined, whereas the Highlander only receives 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, resulting in 22 mpg combined.
To top it all off, the GMC Acadia provides an incredibly comfortable ride due to many factors. In its Edmunds review, the GMC Acadia received 5/5 stars for ride comfort thanks to its low levels of cabin noise intrusion, and 5/5 starts for noise and vibration as a result of its minimal wind and road noise while in use. The added technology features such as Apple CarPlay, Andoid Auto, and simple, quick Bluetooth pairing also make for a connected and comfortable ride all around. Combining the comfort of this vehicle with its impressive engine and spacious interior make for an impressive vehicle that suits shoppers of all interests and lifestyles.