If you're thinking a large SUV might fit you and your family's needs around Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland, you may want to peruse through our Ford Explorer vs. GMC Acadia comparison. Both vehicles have desirable features and while they both are capable SUVs, you'll find that they have quite a few major differences.

The team at Richmond Ford Lincoln is always happy to provide automotive insight to our friends in the local community. Therefore, our in-depth comparison of the Explorer and Acadia will hit on their engine performance, towing power, and infotainment systems. That way, you can determine which SUV is the best fit for you.

Ford Explorer vs GMC Acadia Engine Comparison

When you're seeking out your next car, most drivers want a versatile vehicle. While both SUVs have a trio of engines, the Ford Explorer offers more in terms of power and efficiency. Let's take a closer look:

  • Both the Ford Explorer and GMC Acadia offer three engines.
  • The 2020 Ford Explorer has the most powerful engine: a 3.0L V6 that generates up to 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.
  • The 2020 GMC Acadia's top-tier 3.6L V6 only generates 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque.

Under the hood of the Explorer, the standard 2.3L EcoBoost® proves to be a potent engine with an output of 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. However, to unleash the Explorer's full potential, choose the ST trim level. This enhanced trim comes equipped with the 3.0L EcoBoost® V6, which delivers 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, there's a 3.3L Hybrid engine for drivers who prioritize fuel efficiency.

The Acadia also offers up three motors, but none can match the output of the Explorer. Its standard 2.5L 4-cylinder produces up to 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. If you go for the 2.0L Turbo engine, the Acadia pumps out 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The strength peaks with the 3.6L V6, which generates 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque.

Comparing Towing Capacity

If you want to bring the boat up to the lake for a weekend or simply fit extra cargo into a trailer, the Ford Explorer will prove to be more capable than the GMC Acadia.

While the Acadia offers an adequate maximum towing capacity of 4,000 pounds, the Ford Explorer makes a statement by offering 5,600 pounds of maximum towing capacity. Also, with the Class III Trailer Tow Package, your Ford SUV will have:

  • Class III frame-mounted hitch
  • Trailer connectors
  • Engine oil cooler
  • Cargo management system

Deluxe Infotainment System

To keep you connected while adding an air of sophistication to the cabin, the Ford Explorer and GMC Acadia both introduce streamlined infotainment systems for the 2020 model year.

For Ford, the available 10.1-inch LCD Capacitive Portrait Touchscreen is responsive and user-friendly. With Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and SYNC® 3, you'll find it easy to pull up navigation, music, and many other applications.

The largest touchscreen you'll get in the GMC Acadia is an 8-inch display, which doesn't provide the user-friendly responses and graphics found in the Explorer.

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 GMC Acadia

In the end, the 2020 Ford Explorer has an edge over the GMC Acadia when it comes its towing capability, overall performance, and infotainment features.

Our team at Richmond Ford Lincoln is happy to help you further learn about the Explorer by scheduling a test drive around Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland.


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