2019 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2019 GMC Acadia

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

Warranty

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 Blazer’s warranty.

Reliability

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’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 2 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

The Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 112 more horsepower (305 vs. 193) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Blazer

Acadia

 

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

22 city/27 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

 

 

V6/Auto

20 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

 

4WD

V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

 

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The Acadia doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regardless of its engine, the Blazer’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.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Blazer, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Acadia.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Acadia (265/45R21 vs. 255/65R17).

The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia. The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Acadia.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Acadia.

Cargo Capacity

The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume than the Acadia with its rear seat up (30.5 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Blazer easier. The Blazer’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.4 inches, while the Acadia’s liftover is 32 inches.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Blazer. The Acadia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

The Blazer’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Acadia’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the GMC Acadia is only 4000 pounds. The Blazer offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Blazer’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Acadia’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its front windows open automatically. The Acadia’s optional windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

On a hot day the Blazer’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.

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