Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 GMC Acadia Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2017 Ford Edge

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2017 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional 180-degree camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Acadia Limited only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Edge and the Acadia Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Ford Edge is safer than the GMC Acadia Limited:



Acadia Limited


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

129 G’s

Hip Force

281 lbs.

318 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

647 lbs.

704 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

585 lbs.

677 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Edge’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Acadia Limited’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 2 times as many Ford dealers as there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 266) than the Acadia Limited’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Edge Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 34 more horsepower (315 vs. 281) and 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 266) than the Acadia Limited’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Edge is faster than the GMC Acadia Limited:


Edge V6

Edge Sport

Acadia Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

5.6 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13 sec

9.3 sec

14.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.1 sec

14.8 sec

24.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.9 sec

6.2 sec

8.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.8 sec

3.1 sec

4.1 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.8 sec

4.1 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

14.2 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

98 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Acadia Limited:




Acadia Limited



2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy




3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/26 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy




3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto


2.7 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy



In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge stops much shorter than the Acadia Limited:



Acadia Limited


60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Acadia Limited (265/40R21 vs. 255/55R20).

The Edge Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Acadia Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Acadia Limited’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Acadia Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Edge flat and controlled during cornering. The Acadia Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Acadia Limited AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Acadia Limited AWD (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 750 pounds less than the GMC Acadia Limited.

The Edge is 1 foot shorter than the Acadia Limited, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the Acadia Limited AWD:



Acadia Limited

At idle

40 dB

46 dB


71 dB

75 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 1.3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and 3.8 inches more rear legroom than the Acadia Limited.

The front step up height for the Edge is 1.4 inches lower than the Acadia Limited (17.5” vs. 18.9”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the Acadia Limited’s (18” vs. 19.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area than the Acadia Limited with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 24.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the Acadia Limited’s liftover is 31 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s available cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Acadia Limited’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Acadia Limited can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access standard on the Edge allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The GMC Acadia Limited doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Acadia Limited’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Acadia Limited only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Edge Titanium/Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Edge and the Acadia Limited offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Acadia Limited.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Edge Titanium/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Edge’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge offers an optional Titanium/Sport, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Edge Sport’s optional Active 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 Limited doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Edge with a number “5” insurance rate while the Acadia Limited is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Acadia Limited because it costs $450 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Acadia Limited, including $9 less for an alternator, $100 less for front brake pads, $130 less for fuel injection, $103 less for a fuel pump, $179 less for a timing belt/chain and $824 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $4578 to $6430 less than for the GMC Acadia Limited.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Edge, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge second among midsize suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Acadia Limited isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Edge outsold the GMC Acadia by 65% during the 2016 model year.

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