Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2019 Chevrolet Traverse VS 2019 GMC Acadia In IA

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2019 Chevrolet Traverse

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2019 Chevrolet Traverse

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2019 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

Both the Traverse and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seat center airbag, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 73 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Traverse’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Traverse’s reliability 15 points higher than the Acadia.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 18th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 8 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine Comparison

The Traverse RS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 62 more horsepower (255 vs. 193) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Traverse RS’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 271) than the Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Traverse FWD V6 gets better highway fuel mileage than the Acadia FWD V6 (18 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the Traverse’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) GMC only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Acadia 4 cyl.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Traverse’s wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the Acadia (120.9 inches vs. 112.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Traverse is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Acadia.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Traverse High Country AWD is quieter than the Acadia Denali AWD (76 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Traverse has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Acadia can only carry 7.

The Traverse has 1 inch more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear hip room, 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room, 1 inch more third row headroom, 2.4 inches more third row legroom, 5.6 inches more third row hip room and 3.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Acadia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Behind Third Seat

23 cubic feet

12.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.8 cubic feet

41.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

98.2 cubic feet

79 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

On a hot day the Traverse’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Acadia can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Traverse LS/LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s available exterior keypad. The Acadia doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Traverse owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Traverse will cost $350 to $3010 less than the Acadia over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Traverse is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because typical repairs cost much less on the Traverse than the Acadia, including $89 less for a muffler, $3 less for front brake pads, $26 less for front struts and $570 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Traverse outsold the GMC Acadia by 11% during 2017.

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