2019 GMC Acadia vs. 2019 Ford Edge

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 Edge doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the GMC Acadia’s middle seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Edge doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Acadia are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Edge doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Edge doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Automatic Braking optional in the Acadia as “Superior.” The Edge scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

The Acadia Denali offers an optional Surround Vision System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Edge only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Acadia and the Edge 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the GMC Acadia is safer than the Ford Edge:







5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

162 lbs.

200 lbs.

Neck Compression

16 lbs.

23 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

112/392 lbs.

423/514 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the GMC Acadia is safer than the Edge:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

19 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

.2/.1 kN

2.2/1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the GMC Acadia is safer than the Ford Edge:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

253 lbs.

281 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

45 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

53 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Edge was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.


The Acadia’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Edge’s (6 vs. 5 years).

GMC pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Acadia. GMC will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Edge.


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Acadia has a standard 660-amp battery. The Edge’s 540-amp battery isn’t as powerful.


The Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 65 more horsepower (310 vs. 245) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the GMC Acadia V6 is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.2 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.4 sec

9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.3 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.8 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Acadia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Edge requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Acadia FWD’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Edge (19.4 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Acadia AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge (21.7 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the GMC Acadia higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Ford Edge (3 to 5). This means the Acadia produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Edge every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The Acadia stops much shorter than the Edge:





70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The GMC Acadia’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford Edge only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Acadia has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Edge doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

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

The Acadia’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.5% to 43.5%) than the Edge’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the Acadia more stable handling and braking.

The Acadia Denali AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Edge Titanium AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Acadia SLT AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Edge Titanium (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Acadia’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Edge’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Acadia’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (38.7 feet vs. 42 feet).

Passenger Space

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

The Acadia has 29.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Edge (143.8 vs. 113.9).

Cargo Capacity

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




Third Seat Folded

41.7 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


39.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79 cubic feet

73.4 cubic feet

The Acadia’s cargo area is larger than the Edge’s in almost every dimension:




Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width




Maximum trailer towing in the Ford Edge is limited to 3500 pounds. The Acadia offers up to a 4000 lbs. towing capacity.


The Acadia’s optional front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches. The Edge’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

The Acadia’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST.

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 Edge’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Acadia has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the Edge because typical repairs cost much less on the Acadia than the Edge, including $206 less for a muffler and $75 less for front struts.

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