The GMC Acadia VS Ford Edge

The class of midsize SUV's is a popular one, as these vehicles suit drivers of different needs and lifestyle interests. There are a number of vehicles that stand out from the crowd, and after undergoing a number of changes that entered it into this class, the GMC Acadia is one of the top competitors. Now smaller and lighter, the model is now better suited for small, active families or single drivers who don't require the third row seating. While the decision to drop down to two rows of seats from three may have sparked some controversy, the GMC Acadia still stands true as an impressive vehicle in its class.

To start, it is an incredibly safe vehicle that saw a number of updated features that customers will applaud. For example, low speed automatic braking is now included on the Denali and SLT-2 trims, along with a new surround-view camera system and Safety Alert Seat that send collision warnings through seat vibrations, Front Pedestrian Braking that allows passengers to assist before/during a collision, and Lane keep assist that includes lane departure warning, front and rare parking assists, and blind spot warning. These features resulted in an overall score of 5/5 stars by the IIHS, along with being titled as a Top Safety Pick.

The safety ratings of this vehicle are an important factor in the vehicle remaining a popular family pick, and its lineup of technology features also help set it apart. GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system is standard on most models, and also underwent a few updates. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were added to the set of standard features, allowing drivers and passengers to access new apps that the competition does not offer. One unique app that is included is the Glympse app, which allows drivers to share their current location with anyone who owns a smartphone, regardless of whether or not they have the app.

The updated technology features also allow Acadia owners to download the new myGMC app which enables drivers to lock and unlock their vehicle, start or stop the engine, send directions to their vehicle, contact roadside assistance, locate their vehicle, use the At Your Service app, and more, right from the palm of their hand. The combination of safety, technology, and luxury are what resulted in the GMC Acadia receiving an overall score of 7.3/10 from the professionals at The Car Connection, while the Ford Edge is stuck at a 7.0. The Ford Edge simply isn't up to par when it comes to comfort and safety, which are two areas in which the GMC Acadia excels. Overall, the GMC Acadia makes for a top choice for those seeking a reliable, modern, and safe midsize SUV.