Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2012 GMC Acadia VS 2012 Chevrolet Traverse In IA

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2012 GMC Acadia

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2012 GMC Acadia

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2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

Both the Acadia and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Acadia has a standard 730-amp battery. The Traverse’s 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 13th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Acadia’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 7 more horsepower (288 vs. 281) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 266) than the Traverse LS/LT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Acadia stops much shorter than the Traverse:



70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Acadia has larger tires than the Traverse (255/65R18 vs. 245/70R17).

The Acadia SL/SLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Traverse LS’ standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Acadia SL/SLE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Traverse LS.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For greater off-road capability the Acadia has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Traverse (7.4 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Acadia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Acadia is 4.3 inches shorter than the Traverse, making the Acadia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Acadia has .1 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room, .6 inches more third row headroom and .2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Traverse.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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



Second Seat Folded

116.9 cubic feet

116.4 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Acadia (except SL/SLE) offers an available heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Traverse doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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