2021 GMC Acadia

2021 GMC Acadia

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 GMC Acadia vs 2021 Ford Explorer









turbocharged 2.0L I4


turbocharged 2.3L I4
230 hp; 258 lb*ft of torque


300 hp; 310 lb*ft of torque

2021 GMC Acadia vs 2021 Ford Explorer: PRICING

SUVs are very sought after and desirable in this day and age. There isn’t an obvious downside of a comfortable and spacious SUV apart from sportiness. Two such options are the 2021 GMC Acadia and the 2021 Ford Explorer, so let’s compare the two seeing how they are starting at around $31,000 MSRP.

2021 GMC Acadia vs 2021 Ford Explorer: FEATURES

Starting with the engines, the 2021 Ford Explorer has three options. The Explorer comes standard with a turbocharged 2.3L I4 with 300 hp and 310 lb*ft of torque. Other options for this new SUV include either a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 with 365/400 hp and 380/415 lb*ft of torque or a hybrid powertrain. All of these options are coupled with a 10-speed automatic in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The number figures supplied by Ford use premium gasoline, regular gas will drop these numbers a little. The 2021 GMC Acadia has fewer options but more simple ones, so theoretically more reliable. The standard engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5L I4 with 193 hp and 188 lb*ft of torque that comes with front-wheel drive only. The other two options are either a turbocharged 2.0L I4 with 230 hp and 258 lb*ft of torque or a 3.6L V6 with 310 hp and 271 lb*ft of torque in either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configuration. All of which links to a 9-speed automatic transmission.

On the interior, the GMC Acadia 2021 has plenty of options available. As standard, it comes with a generously sized infotainment system capable of using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth, which can be improved further with navigation. With a roomy 3rd row and either 6 or 7 passenger seats in total, passengers have plenty of comfort options, such as an optional rear-seat infotainment system or power outlets or USB ports for longer drives where your electronic devices will need recharging.

People love their 2021 GMC Acadia because they are very comfortable and roomy. Describing their ride as plush, which for longer trips will be a godsend, but the interior is also very well thought out, adding to the experience.

Drive the New 2021 GMC Acadia at Shepherd’s

If you are looking for a comfortable long-distance cruiser, the 2021 GMC Acadia is a fine choice due to the comfort and excellent gas mileage. Especially when compared to the Ford Explorer 2021, which might have more grunt but less refinement.

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