Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 GMC Acadia Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The GMC Acadia doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Acadia doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 74 percent more Ford dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Acadia isn’t in the top three in its category.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Escape

Acadia

 

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

23 city/30 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

 

n/a

21 city/25 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

n/a

 

The Escape 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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape’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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (7.8 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 450 pounds less than the GMC Acadia.

The Escape is 1 foot, 3.5 inches shorter than the Acadia, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area than the Acadia with its rear seat up (34 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Acadia ’s optional rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Acadia 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.

The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Acadia’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Escape Titanium’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 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape outsold the GMC Acadia by almost four to one during the 2016 model year.

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