GMC Acadia Vs Ford Explorer

GMC Acadia Vs Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

Comparing the 2024 Ford Explorer and the All-New 2024 GMC Acadia

When choosing a mid-size SUV, two popular options are the 2024 Ford Explorer and the all-new 2024 GMC Acadia. Both offer a range of features and capabilities, but the GMC Acadia stands out in several key areas. Let's explore the differences and see why the Acadia might be the better choice for many drivers.

Pricing and Value

Although the Ford Explorer has a lower starting MSRP, the GMC Acadia justifies its slightly higher price with a more comprehensive list of modern standard equipment. Here’s a breakdown of the MSRP for the different trims:

MSRP ($) Comparison

  • GMC Acadia AWD:
    • Elevation: $52,499
    • AT4: $57,999
    • Denali: $64,499
  • Ford Explorer 4WD:
    • XLT: $48,475
    • Limited: $55,420
    • ST-Line: $55,710
    • Timberline: $57,070
    • ST: $67,140
    • Platinum: $68,040

Off-Road Capability

For adventurous drivers with off-road aspirations, the GMC Acadia AT4 is particularly appealing. Equipped with off-road all-terrain tires and a multi-setting twin-clutch AWD system, the Acadia AT4 is designed to handle rough terrains and challenging conditions. In contrast, all Explorer models cater to a more conventional driver, focusing on on-road performance and comfort.

Interior Space and Comfort

When it comes to interior space, the GMC Acadia wins in four out of six measurements for headroom and legroom across its three rows of seating. This means more comfort for passengers, especially on long journeys. Additionally, the Acadia offers greater cargo volume in all seating configurations compared to the Explorer, making it more versatile for hauling gear and luggage.

Modern Technology

While the Ford Explorer was updated in 2020, it still lacks some modern technology offerings found in the all-new GMC Acadia. For instance:

  • Rear Seat Reminder: Helps prevent leaving children or pets in the back seat, standard on the Acadia but not available on the Explorer.
  • Head-Up Display: Provides critical driving information directly on the windshield, standard on higher trims of the Acadia but not available on the Explorer.

Advanced Driver Assistance

The GMC Acadia's new standard Assisted Driving Package sets it apart from the Explorer. Even with the addition of Ford Co-Pilot™ Assist+, the Explorer cannot match the Acadia’s comprehensive suite of driver assistance features.

Additional Features

The Acadia includes several features as standard or available options that are either not standard or not available on the Ford Explorer. For example:

  • Remote Start and Heated Steering Wheel: Standard on the Acadia, whereas adding these to the Explorer XLT requires an additional $2,000 package (XLT High (202A) Package).


While both the 2024 Ford Explorer and the all-new 2024 GMC Acadia are strong contenders in the mid-size SUV market, the Acadia offers several advantages that make it a more compelling choice. From superior off-road capability and greater interior space to more modern technology and advanced driver assistance features, the GMC Acadia stands out as a well-rounded and versatile SUV. Whether you prioritize comfort, technology, or adventure, the GMC Acadia delivers unmatched value and performance for your next vehicle.

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