Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 GMC Acadia VS 2017 Audi Q7 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 GMC Acadia

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2017 Audi Q7

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 Audi Q7 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 Q7 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Acadia has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q7 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Acadia and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.

Warranty Comparison

GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Acadia 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q7.

There are almost 9 times as many GMC dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Acadia’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 Q7 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 Q7’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Acadia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 Audi Q7 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 1.2 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than on the Q7.

Chassis Comparison

The GMC Acadia may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 300 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Acadia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Q7 can only carry 7.

The Acadia has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.5 inches more third row headroom, 4 inches more third row legroom and 8.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Acadia’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.



Third Seat Folded

70.1 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

116.1 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Acadia offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Acadia offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Q7 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The GMC Acadia outsold the Audi Q7 by almost five to one during the 2015 model year.

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