Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2013 GMC Acadia VS 2013 Chevrolet Traverse In IA

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2013 GMC Acadia

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2013 GMC Acadia

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

Both the Acadia and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact 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’ 2013 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 second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fifth.

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 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 SLE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Traverse LS.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Acadia (except 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Acadia owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Acadia will cost $275 less than the Traverse over a five-year period.

The Acadia will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Acadia will retain 39.68% to 41.76% of its original price after five years, while the Traverse only retains 37.56% to 38.6%.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse won an award in Kiplinger’s 2012 car issue.

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