2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs. 2020 GMC Acadia

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Safety

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The Atlas Cross Sport has standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Acadia doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Atlas Cross Sport and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Atlas Cross Sport comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Acadia’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Atlas Cross Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Acadia’s (7/100,000 vs. 6/100,000).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Atlas Cross Sport for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. GMC only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Acadia.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Acadia’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

Engine

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The Atlas Cross Sport has more powerful engines than the Acadia:

Horsepower

Torque

Atlas Cross Sport 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

235 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Atlas Cross Sport 3.6 DOHC V6

276 HP

266 lbs.-ft.

Acadia 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

193 HP

188 lbs.-ft.

Acadia 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

230 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Atlas Cross Sport’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Acadia:

Atlas Cross Sport

Acadia

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Atlas Cross Sport has larger standard tires than the Acadia (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Acadia (265/45R21 vs. 255/65R17).

The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Acadia’s standard 65 series tires. The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Atlas Cross Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia. The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Acadia.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas Cross Sport’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Acadia (117.3 inches vs. 112.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas Cross Sport is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Acadia.

For greater off-road capability the Atlas Cross Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (8 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Atlas Cross Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Atlas Cross Sport’s minimum ground clearance is .2 inch higher than on the Acadia All Terrain (8 vs. 7.8 inches).

Cargo Capacity

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The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume than the Acadia with its rear seat up (40.3 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Atlas Cross Sport. The Acadia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Acadia’s (2000 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the GMC Acadia is only 4000 pounds. The Atlas Cross Sport offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Acadia’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Atlas Cross Sport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. The driver of the Acadia can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Atlas Cross Sport’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Acadia’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Atlas Cross Sport SEL to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Acadia doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Atlas Cross Sport offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Acadia doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Atlas Cross Sport SEL also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Acadia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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