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

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2016 GMC Acadia

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2016 Dodge Durango

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the GMC Acadia are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Dodge Durango doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

The Acadia offers an optional front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Durango doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Acadia (except SL/SLE)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Durango doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Acadia and the Durango 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, collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems 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 GMC Acadia is safer than the Dodge Durango:




5 Stars

4 Stars



5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk





5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

123 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

221/280 lbs.

404/224 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 GMC Acadia is safer than the Dodge Durango:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

129 G’s

185 G’s

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

35 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

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

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Acadia, with its four-star roll-over rating, is 4.3% to 7.3% less likely to roll over than the Durango, which received a three-star rating.

Warranty Comparison

The Acadia’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Durango’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Acadia for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Durango.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Acadia have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

The Acadia has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Durango doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Acadia has a 170-amp alternator. The Durango’s standard 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 16th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 18th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 69 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The Acadia SLE/SLT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Acadia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Durango with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Acadia’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Durango V6 are solid, not vented.

The Acadia stops shorter than the Durango:



70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The GMC Acadia’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Dodge Durango only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Acadia is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The Acadia SLT AWD handles at .78 G’s, while the Durango Limited pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Acadia SLT AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Durango Limited 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Acadia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Durango can only carry 7.

The Acadia has 17.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Durango (151.8 vs. 133.9).

The Acadia has .4 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, 15 inches more rear hip room, 10.6 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom, 1.7 inches more third row legroom, 5.5 inches more third row hip room and 7.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

The front step up height for the Acadia is 1.6 inches lower than the Durango (18.9” vs. 20.5”). The Acadia’s rear step up height is .8 inches lower than the Durango’s (19.8” vs. 20.6”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Acadia’s cargo area provides more volume than the Durango.



Behind Third Seat

24.1 cubic feet

17.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

70.1 cubic feet

47.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

116.1 cubic feet

84.5 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Acadia easier. The Acadia’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31 inches, while the Durango’s liftover is 32.2 inches.

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 Durango doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Optional IntelliLink for the Acadia (not available SL) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Durango doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Acadia, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Durango.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Acadia owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Acadia will cost $695 to $1985 less than the Durango over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the Durango because it costs $99 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Acadia than the Durango, including $205 less for a starter and $120 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The GMC Acadia outsold the Dodge Durango by 53% during the 2015 model year.

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