Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 GMC Acadia VS 2015 Chevrolet Traverse Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 GMC Acadia

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2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

Both the Acadia and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Acadia has a standard 730-amp battery. The Traverse’s 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Acadia Denali’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 7 more horsepower (288 vs. 281) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 266) than the Traverse LS/LT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Acadia stops much shorter than the Traverse:



70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Acadia has larger tires than the Traverse (255/65R18 vs. 245/70R17).

The Acadia SL/SLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Traverse LS’ standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Acadia SL/SLE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Traverse LS.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For greater off-road capability the Acadia has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Traverse (7.6 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Acadia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Acadia SLT AWD is quieter than the Traverse LT AWD (67 vs. 72 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Acadia has .1 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more third row headroom and .2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Traverse.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Acadia (except SL/SLE) offers an available heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Traverse doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because typical repairs cost less on the Acadia than the Traverse, including $100 less for fuel injection and $37 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the GMC Acadia and the Chevrolet Traverse, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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