Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2015 GMC Acadia VS 2014 Ford Edge In IA

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2015 GMC Acadia

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2015 GMC Acadia

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2014 Ford Edge

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the GMC Acadia are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Edge has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Acadia offers an optional front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Edge doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The GMC Acadia has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Edge doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Acadia (except SLE)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Edge doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Compared to metal, the Acadia’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Ford Edge has a metal gas tank.

Both the Acadia and the Edge 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the GMC Acadia is safer than the Ford Edge:

Acadia

Edge

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

200

322

Neck Injury Risk

29%

36%

Neck Stress

366 lbs.

439 lbs.

Neck Compression

62 lbs.

73 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

641/393 lbs.

1023/628 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

277

326

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.8 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

64%

Neck Stress

188 lbs.

334 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

89 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

221/280 lbs.

680/687 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the GMC Acadia is safer than the Edge:

Acadia

Edge

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

281

454

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

413

852

Chest forces

38 g’s

48 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results. Not comparable with post-2010 results.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the GMC Acadia is safer than the Ford Edge:

Acadia

Edge

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1 inches

Hip Force

318 lbs.

415 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

110

244

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

40 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

19 inches

HIC

285

375

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

677 lbs.

867 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Acadia 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Edge. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Edge ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Acadia’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Edge’s (6 vs. 5 years).

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Acadia for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Edge.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Acadia has a standard 170-amp alternator. The Edge’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Acadia has a standard 730-amp battery. The Edge’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Acadia is under the floor, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Acadia’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Edge’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Acadia’s reliability will be 43% better than the Ford Edge V6 and 63% better than the Ford Edge ECOBoost.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 16th in reliability. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The Acadia has more powerful engines than the Edge:

Horsepower

Acadia SLE/SLT 3.6 DOHC V6

281 HP

Acadia Denali 3.6 DOHC V6

288 HP

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

285 HP

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Acadia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Edge with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Acadia has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank (22 vs. 18.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Acadia has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank (22 vs. 19.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Acadia’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

Acadia

Edge

Edge AWD

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

11.65 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

The Acadia stops much shorter than the Edge:

Acadia

Edge

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Acadia has larger tires than the Edge (255/65R18 vs. 235/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Acadia SLE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Edge SE.

The GMC Acadia’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford Edge only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Acadia’s wheelbase is 7.7 inches longer than on the Edge (118.9 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Acadia is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Edge.

The Acadia’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the Edge’s (60% to 40%). This gives the Acadia more stable handling and braking.

The Acadia SLT AWD handles at .78 G’s, while the Edge SEL AWD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Acadia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Edge can only carry 5.

The Acadia has 43.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Edge (151.8 vs. 108.4).

The Acadia has .3 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 3.2 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Edge.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Acadia

Edge

Third Seat Folded

70.1 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

32.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

116.1 cubic feet

68.9 cubic feet

The Acadia’s cargo area is larger than the Edge’s in almost every dimension:

Acadia

Edge

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

19.8”/48.5”/82.7”

n.a./32.2”/69”

Min Width

48.1”

42”

Height

34.5”

33”

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Acadia. The Edge doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Edge doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Acadia’s optional front power windows both lower with one touch of the switches. The Edge’s front passenger window doesn’t lower automatically.

The Acadia has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Edge only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Acadia offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Edge offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Acadia (except SLE)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Edge doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Acadia’s optional (except SLE) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Edge doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Acadia, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Edge.

The Acadia SLT/Denali offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Edge doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the Edge because typical repairs cost much less on the Acadia than the Edge, including $795 less for a water pump, $67 less for a starter, $333 less for a timing belt/chain and $132 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the GMC Acadia, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Edge isn't recommended.

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