Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2017 GMC Acadia VS 2016 Toyota Highlander In IA

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2017 GMC Acadia

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2017 GMC Acadia

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2016 Toyota Highlander

Safety Comparison

The Acadia has a standard 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 Highlander doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Acadia Denali offers an optional Surround Vision System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Highlander only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Acadia and the Highlander have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 86 percent more GMC dealers than there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Acadia’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (193 vs. 185) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (188 vs. 184) than the Highlander LE’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl. The Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 40 more horsepower (310 vs. 270) and 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 248) than the Highlander’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Acadia gets better fuel mileage than the Highlander:

Acadia

Highlander

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

21 city/26 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

4WD

4 cyl./Auto

21 city/25 hwy

n/a

V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Acadia 4 cyl.’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Highlander doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Acadia AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander (22 vs. 19.2 gallons).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Acadia offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Highlander’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Acadia offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Highlander’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Acadia has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Highlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Acadia’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Highlander (112.5 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Acadia FWD 4 cyl. uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Highlander doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Acadia uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Highlander doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Acadia has .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more third row headroom and 3.4 inches more third row legroom than the Highlander.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Acadia Denali’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Highlander doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Acadia offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Highlander doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Acadia (except SL/SLE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Highlander doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Acadia and the Highlander have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Acadia is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Highlander prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Acadia’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Highlander’s standard power windows’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The Acadia’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Highlander’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Acadia SLT/Denali has standard 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 Highlander offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Acadia has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Highlander.

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