Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Land Rover LR4 VS 2012 GMC Acadia Near Phoenix, AZ

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2012 Land Rover LR4

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2012 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All Wheel Drive is standard on the LR4. But it costs extra on the Acadia.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the LR4’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Acadia doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The LR4 HSE offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Acadia only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the LR4 and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Land Rover LR4 weighs 776 to 977 pounds more than the GMC Acadia. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The LR4 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Acadia’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The LR4’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Acadia runs out after 100,000 miles.

Land Rover pays for scheduled maintenance on the LR4 for 1 year and 15000 miles. Land Rover will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. GMC doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Acadia.

Engine Comparison

The LR4’s 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 87 more horsepower (375 vs. 288) and 105 lbs.-ft. more torque (375 vs. 270) than the Acadia’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the LR4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Acadia:



Front Rotors

14.2 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The LR4 stops much shorter than the Acadia:



60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The LR4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Acadia SL/SLE’s standard 65 series tires. The LR4’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Acadia Denali’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LR4 has standard 19 inch wheels. Smaller 18 inch wheels are standard on the Acadia SL/SLE.

The LR4 offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Acadia, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the LR4 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Acadia, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The LR4 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The LR4’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Acadia doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The LR4’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49% to 51%) than the Acadia’s (55% to 45%). This gives the LR4 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the LR4’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Acadia’s (37.6 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the LR4 has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (9.5 vs. 7.4 inches), allowing the LR4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The LR4 is 10.6 inches shorter than the Acadia, making the LR4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The LR4 has 1.1 inches more front legroom, 3.1 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more third row headroom and 3.1 inches more third row legroom than the Acadia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The LR4’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Acadia’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The LR4’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Acadia, and is not available on all models.

The LR4’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Acadia’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. With the Acadia’s optional power windows, only the driver’s window closes automatically and only the front windows open automatically.

If the windows are left down on the LR4 the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Acadia can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Passive Keyless Entry optional on the LR4 allows the driver to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The GMC Acadia doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The LR4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Acadia’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the LR4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Acadia doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The LR4 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Acadia doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the LR4 HSE detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Acadia doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the LR4 HSE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Acadia doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the LR4 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Acadia’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the LR4 and the Acadia offer available heated front seats. The LR4 also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Acadia.

The LR4’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Acadia SL doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The LR4’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Acadia SL doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

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