2020 GMC Acadia vs. 2020 Ford Edge

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Safety

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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 front shoulder belts of the GMC Acadia are height-adjustable, and the 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 has only front height-adjustable 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Acadia AT4’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Edge doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Acadia SLT/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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

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:

Acadia

Edge

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

22%

27%

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.

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:

Acadia

Edge

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

253 lbs.

281 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

45 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

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.

Warranty

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the Acadia 2.0 Turbo’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Edge doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Acadia FWD’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.4 vs. 18.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Acadia AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Acadia, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Edge.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Acadia’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

Acadia

Edge

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

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

The Acadia stops much shorter than the Edge:

Acadia

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

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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

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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 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

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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

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The Acadia has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Edge with its rear seat folded (79 vs. 73.4 cubic feet).

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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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.

Economic Advantages

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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 $216 less for a muffler and $75 less for front struts.

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