2019 GMC Acadia vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Acadia Denali’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Blazer doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Acadia and the Blazer 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 all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Acadia the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Blazer has not been tested, yet.


The Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 5 more horsepower (310 vs. 305) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 269) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Brakes and Stopping

The Acadia’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Blazer are solid, not vented.

Suspension and Handling

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 Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

Passenger Space

The Acadia has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Blazer can only carry 5.

The Acadia has 36 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Blazer (143.8 vs. 107.8).

The Acadia has .5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Blazer.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Acadia’s middle row seats recline. The Blazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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




Third Seat Folded

41.7 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


30.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79 cubic feet

64.2 cubic feet


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 Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

When the Acadia with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Blazer’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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