2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 GMC Acadia

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Safety

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Both the Equinox and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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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 Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Equinox has a standard 700-amp battery. The Acadia’s 660-amp battery 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 Equinox’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

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The Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the GMC Acadia V6:

 

Equinox

Acadia

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Equinox

Acadia

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

21 city/25 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

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

 

 

Equinox

Acadia

 

2WD

 

n/a

21 city/26 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/32 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

 

n/a

21 city/25 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

25 city/30 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

n/a

 

Regardless of its engine, the Equinox’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

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Acadia.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Equinox stops much shorter than the Acadia:

 

Equinox

Acadia

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Equinox Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Acadia Denali AWD pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Equinox’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Acadia’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 pounds less than the GMC Acadia.

The Equinox is 10.5 inches shorter than the Acadia, making the Equinox easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Equinox LT AWD is quieter than the Acadia Denali AWD (73 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the Equinox is .8 inches lower than the Acadia (17.2” vs. 18”). The Equinox’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the Acadia’s (17.5” vs. 19”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Equinox has a much larger cargo area than the Acadia with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Equinox easier. The Equinox’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.6 inches, while the Acadia’s liftover is 32 inches.

Towing

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The Equinox’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Acadia’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Acadia does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Equinox’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 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 Equinox’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 Equinox LS/LT/Premier’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

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Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $40 to $2550 less than the Acadia over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Acadia, including $18 less for front struts, $339 less for a timing belt/chain and $491 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $4790 to $10092 less than for the GMC Acadia.

Recommendations

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The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the GMC Acadia by almost three to one during 2017.

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