2021 Explorer vs. 2021 Acadia in Salem, VA

If you are in the market for a new SUV, there is a good chance that your choices are narrowed down to the 2021 Ford Explorer and the 2021 GMC Acadia. Both of these vehicles come from titans in American car manufacturing. They also both boast high safety and consumer satisfaction scores.

Of course, there is a reason that Ford stands out in people's minds when they think of American cars. The 2021 Ford Explorer is a prime example of the strength and reliability that people associate with Ford. We implore you to check out our 2021 Explorer inventory at Berglund Ford Salem.

Interior Comparison

The 2021 Explorer comes with a more spacious cabin and more comfortable seating for everyone in the car. The 2021 Acadia went with a more compact exterior at the expense of a more comfortable interior.

The 2021 Explorer has roughly 149 cubic feet of passenger space, compared to the Acadia's 142 cubic feet. The 2021 Explorer also has heated seats standard on the XLT trim. Eight-way power adjusted seats are standard on the Limited, ST, and Platinum trims. The higher trims also come with leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel.

While many of these features come in different trim packages of the 2021 Acadia, the 2021 Explorer still has a better interior. You can always upgrade technology, but the physical capacity of the car is rigid.

Performance Comparison

At every trim level, the 2021 Explorer outperforms the 2021 Acadia. They have comparable fuel efficiency, but the Explorer has more horsepower and a higher towing capacity.

The Base, XLT, and Limited models of the 2021 Explorer have turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engines that output 300 horsepower. The base engine of the 2021 Acadia is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 193 horsepower. To match the Acadia to the Explorer, you need its optional 3.6-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower.

The other engine on the Acadia is a weaker turbocharged 2-liter engine with 230 horsepower. For the Explorer, things only get better. In the Limited trim, there is an optional hybrid stack that combines a 3.3-liter V6 and an electric motor to create 318 horsepower. The Platinum trim Explorer has a twin-turbocharged 3-liter V6 that makes for 365 horsepower, and the ST has the same V6 with 400 horsepower.

The nicest Acadia can tow 4,000 pounds, while the strongest 2021 Explorer tows up to 5,600 pounds. While the Acadia has front-wheel drive and the Explorer comes with rear-wheel drive, you can upgrade to all-wheel drive in either. All things considered, the Explorer is clearly the better-performing vehicle.

Safety Features Comparison

Both the 2021 Explorer and 2021 Acadia come with an array of safety features. For Acadia buyers, a lot of the features are only available in costlier trims. Here are some of the cars' safety features:

  • Automated Emergency Braking (Standard in Explorer, Optional in Acadia)
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring (Standard in Explorer, Optional in Acadia)
  • Forward-Collision Warning (Standard in Explorer)
  • Lane-Keep Assist (Standard in Explorer, Optional in Acadia)
  • Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (Standard in Explorer)

Find the 2021 Explorer in Salem, VA

While we are fans of all American-made vehicles, we have to dub the 2021 Explorer the winner of this head-to-head. It is safer, comfier, and more powerful than the 2021 Acadia.

If you are not convinced, come visit Berglund Ford Salem. You can test drive any of the 2021 Explorers you see online and get your questions answered. Our talented associates are passionate about cars and are waiting to get you in the right one.