Compare 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2022 GMC Acadia

2021 Ford Explorer
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,878 $34,925
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,938 $32,925
Explorer King Ranch 4WD 18 24 $52,416 $54,600
Explorer King Ranch RWD 18 24 $50,496 $52,600
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $45,365 $47,255
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $43,445 $45,255
Explorer Platinum 4WD 23 26 $51,202 $53,335
Explorer Platinum RWD 18 24 $50,621 $52,730
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $47,040 $49,000
Explorer Timberline 4WD 19 23 $44,174 $46,015
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $35,592 $37,075
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $33,672 $35,075
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AWD 4-Door AT4
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Acadia AWD 4-Door AT4 19 26 $39,495 $41,400
Acadia AWD 4-Door Denali 19 26 $46,364 $48,600
Acadia AWD 4-Door SLE 22 27 $35,393 $37,100
Acadia AWD 4-Door SLT 22 27 $39,209 $41,100
Acadia FWD 4-Door Denali 19 27 $44,456 $46,600
Acadia FWD 4-Door SLE 22 29 $33,199 $34,800
Acadia FWD 4-Door SLT 22 29 $37,301 $39,100

Pricing

Invoice Price

$33,878
$39,495

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$34,925
$41,400

Monthly Payment Estimate

$582 / month
$690 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.0
6.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list. The 2022 GMC Acadia makes a good all-rounder for those seeking a comfy, well-equipped 3-row SUV.

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Fuel Economy

City

20 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

27 mpg 26 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Standard SUV 4WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle

Interior Dimensions

Third Leg Room (in)

32.2 29.7

Passenger Volume (ft³)

152.7 143.8

Second Head Room (in)

40.5 39.6

Third Hip Room (in)

40.9 42.9

Second Shoulder Room (in)

61.9 58.7

Front Leg Room (in)

43 41

Third Head Room (in)

38.9 37.2

Passenger Capacity

7 6

Front Hip Room (in)

59.2 55.7

Third Shoulder Room (in)

54.6 54.3

Second Leg Room (in)

39 39.7

Front Head Room (in)

40.7 40

Second Hip Room (in)

59.1 53.3

Front Shoulder Room (in)

61.8 59.4

Exterior Dimensions

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

78.9 75.4

Track Width, Front (in)

66.9 64.5

Min Ground Clearance (in)

8.2 7.20

Length, Overall (in)

198.8 193.4

Liftover Height (in)

32.8 - TBD -

Height, Overall (in)

70.2 66.7

Track Width, Rear (in)

66.9 64.5

Wheelbase (in)

119.1 112.5

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

- - TBD -

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

- - TBD -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

32.8 - TBD -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

83.9 79

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

87.8 79

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

20.8 12.8

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

18.2 12.8

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

48.1 - TBD -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

49.8 41.7

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

47.9 41.7

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

59 - TBD -

Brakes

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.6 12.4 x 0.9

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

13.6 12.6 x 1.9

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

17.9 22

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- N/A

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

- 38.7

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P255/65HR18 P255/65R17

Rear Tire Order Code

NA 5GV

Front Tire Size

P255/65HR18 P255/65R17

Spare Tire Size

Compact T135/70R18

Front Tire Order Code

NA 5GV

Spare Tire Order Code

NA ZCD

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

5000 - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

5300 - TBD -

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

5300 -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

500 - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

530 - TBD -

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4345 4495

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 17 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact 18 x - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 17 x - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

310 @ 3500 271 @ 5000

Engine Order Code

99H LGX

Displacement

2.3 L/140 3.6L/- TBD -

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

300 @ 5500 310 @ 6600

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Gas V6

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

23 21

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

27 26

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

20 19

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.58 3.49

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

2.15 3.01

Trans Type

10 9

Drivetrain

Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.52 1.92

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

4.88 2.96

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.85 0.75

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

3.00 3.31

Trans Order Code

44T M3W

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.77 2.44

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.27 1.44

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.71 4.69

Ninth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.62

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low

- - TBD -

Clutch Size (in)

- NA

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

- - TBD -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Explorer GMC Acadia

Body Style

Sport Utility 4 Door

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link NA

Suspension Type - Front

Strut MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut NA

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Five-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- - TBD -

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.7 8.4

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- - TBD -

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- 155

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- - TBD -

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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