The Acadia’s only direct competitor--other than its Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave stablemates--is the Ford Flex, a crossover vehicle that optimizes passenger comfort and space inside a distinctively boxy body.
But if you're shopping the Acadia, we'd also recommend you take a look at the Mazda CX-9, the curvaceous companion to the Ford crossover and even a better performer, though it lacks some of the Flex's sexy high-tech features.
There's also the Honda Pilot, which gets a revamped cabin and a six-speed automatic for the new model year, and the Toyota Highlander, which has the least appealing handling of the bunch, but a vast interior, a flexible second-row seat with a hideaway cushion, and a companion hybrid model.
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|2012 GMC AcadiaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford FlexBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mazda CX-9Browse Used Listings||2012 Toyota HighlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door SL||4-Door SE FWD||2WD 4-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door I4 (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
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|2012 GMC Acadia vs. 2012 Ford Flex||2012 GMC Acadia vs. 2012 Honda Pilot||2012 GMC Acadia vs. 2012 Mazda CX-9||2012 GMC Acadia vs. 2012 Toyota Highlander|