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Selected Style FWD 4-Door Base
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 18 25 $26,837 $28,280
FWD 4-Door XLT 18 25 $30,027 $32,095
FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $35,268 $37,855
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,677 $30,280
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,847 $34,095
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,088 $39,855
FWD 4-Door SL
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door SL 17 24 $31,193 $32,835
FWD 4-Door SLE 17 24 $33,544 $35,310
FWD 4-Door SLT1 17 24 $37,107 $39,060
FWD 4-Door SLT2 17 24 $37,966 $39,965
FWD 4-Door Denali 17 24 $42,569 $44,810
AWD 4-Door SL 16 23 $33,093 $34,835
AWD 4-Door SLE 16 23 $35,444 $37,310
AWD 4-Door SLT1 16 23 $39,007 $41,060
AWD 4-Door SLT2 16 23 $39,866 $41,965
AWD 4-Door Denali 16 23 $44,469 $46,810
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,837
$31,193
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,280
$32,835
Monthly Payment Estimate
$471 / month
$547 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line It's a rifle shot at the heart of the crossover market: the 2012 Ford Explorer gives any SUV loyalist a reason to leap off their very high horse. The 2012 GMC Acadia: better for people than a big SUV, better looking than a minivan.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in) 37.8 38.4
Front Hip Room (in) 57.3 57.8
Third Shoulder Room (in) 50.8 57.8
Second Leg Room (in) 39.8 36.9
Front Head Room (in) 41.4 40.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 151.7 154.0
Second Hip Room (in) 56.7 57.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 61.3 61.9
Third Leg Room (in) 33.2 33.2
Second Head Room (in) 40.5 39.3
Passenger Capacity 7 8
Third Hip Room (in) 40.7 48.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 61.0 61.1
Front Leg Room (in) 40.6 41.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.6 7.4
Length, Overall (in) 197.1 200.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 70.4 69.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.0 67.1
Wheelbase (in) 112.6 118.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.9 78.2
Track Width, Front (in) 67.0 67.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 21.0 24.1
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 43.8 68.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 80.7 116.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - NA
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 12.8 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 13.0 x 0.8
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.6 22.0
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.89
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.8 16.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.2 40.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/65R17 P255/65R18
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - QLW
Front Tire Size P245/65R17 P255/65R18
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - QLW
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 300 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4557 4656
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 11.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 175 170
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection SIDI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 255 @ 4100 270 @ 3400
Engine Order Code 998 LLT
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 290 @ 6500 288 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 17
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.41
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.48 4.48
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 1.84
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High 1.00 NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.88 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.87 2.87
Trans Order Code 44J MY9
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.16 3.16
Summary
Vehicle Name Ford Explorer GMC Acadia
Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut Coil Over Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.86 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.26 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.1 9.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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