Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Dodge Durango VS 2016 GMC Acadia Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Dodge Durango

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2016 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

The Durango has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Acadia doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Durango R/T/Citadel offers optional Forward Collision Warning with Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Acadia offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the Durango and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Durango is safer than the GMC Acadia:





5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

85 lbs.

188 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Durango is safer than the GMC Acadia:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Hip Force

220 lbs.

318 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

266 lbs.

704 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

666 lbs.

677 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 31 percent more Dodge dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Durango has a standard 850-amp battery. The Acadia only offers a 730-amp battery.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Durango’s reliability will be 9% better than the Acadia.

Engine Comparison

The Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 14 more horsepower (295 vs. 281) than the Acadia SLE/SLT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Durango’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 7 more horsepower (295 vs. 288) than the Acadia Denali’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Durango’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 72 more horsepower (360 vs. 288) and 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 270) than the Acadia Denali’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Durango V6 is faster than the Acadia SLE/SLT:



Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

8.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.4 sec

15.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4.3 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.9 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Durango gets better fuel mileage than the Acadia:





19 city/27 hwy

15 city/22 hwy



18 city/25 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The Acadia doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Durango has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Acadia (24.6 vs. 22 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Durango V6

Durango V8


Front Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

The Durango stops much shorter than the Acadia:



60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Durango has larger tires than the Acadia (265/60R18 vs. 255/65R18).

The Durango SXT/Limited’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 SL/SLE’s standard 65 series tires. The Durango’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Acadia Denali’s 55 series tires.

The Durango 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 limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Durango has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Acadia’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Durango offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Acadia doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Durango’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Acadia’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Durango more stable handling and braking.

The Durango R/T handles at .79 G’s, while the Acadia SLT AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Durango’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Acadia’s (37.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Durango has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (8.1 vs. 7.6 inches), allowing the Durango to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Dodge Durango amounts to more than styling. The Durango has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Acadia (.361). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Durango get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Durango has .2 inches more rear headroom and 1.8 inches more rear legroom than the Acadia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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



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



Max Width



Min Width






Ergonomics Comparison

The Durango’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Acadia does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Durango’s front power windows 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. The Acadia’s optional windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

On a hot day the Durango’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.

The Durango has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Acadia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Durango’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Acadia’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Durango’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Durango has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Acadia only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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

The Durango’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. GMC only offers heated mirrors on the Acadia SLT/Denali.

When the Durango Limited/Citadel/R/T 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 Durango and the Acadia offer available heated front seats. The Durango Limited/Citadel/R/T also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Acadia.

The Durango has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Acadia SLT/Denali.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Durango’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Acadia doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Durango R/T/Citadel offers an optional Adaptive Speed Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Acadia doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Durango owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Durango with a number “8” insurance rate while the Acadia is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Durango is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because typical repairs cost much less on the Durango than the Acadia, including $218 less for a water pump, $55 less for an alternator, $69 less for front brake pads, $188 less for fuel injection, $16 less for front struts, $465 less for a timing belt/chain and $1122 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Durango will be $1142 to $1150 less than for the GMC Acadia.

Recommendations Comparison

The Dodge Durango has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Award



 The Durango is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Acadia is not ranked.

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