2023 Acadia vs. 2023 Explorer in Forsyth, IL

2023 GMC Acadia vs 2023 Ford Explorer

2023 GMC Acadia vs. 2023 Ford Explorer Comparison

The 2023 GMC Acadia is a solid midsize SUV that offers a compelling value proposition. Based on the second generation of the model, it received a facelift in 2020and incremental upgrades every year. While GMC is traditionally known for larger vehicles, the 2023 Acadia represents a good entry point to this iconic American brand without needing to go large.

But, one of its major competitors as the best midsize SUV is the fearsome Ford Explorer. The Explorer has been around since 1991 and is now on the sixth generation, which debuted in 2020. It saw some refreshment, mostly on the powertrain options in 2022 as well.

How does the 2023 Acadia stack up against the 2023 Explorer? In this GMC vs. Ford matchup, let's compare their interior amenities, performance characteristics, and safety systems. If you want to find out more about the new Acadia, call Bob Brady Buick GMC in Forsyth, IL, and we’ll be glad to help.

Interior Comparison

With a longer wheelbase and taller stance, there’s no question that the 2023 Explorer offers a bit more interior space. But do you need all that space, especially when it comes to the penalty of a larger external footprint? Cities are getting tighter and more crowded, and that’s where the 2023 Acadia’s 143 cubic feet of passenger space is more than enough. Fold the third-row seats, and you've got a healthy 41.7 cubic feet of luggage space as well.

The 2023 Acadia and 2023 Explorer both come with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ across the range, plus automatic climate control, touch-screen infotainment systems, decent sound systems, and an extensive options list. You'll also find the 2023 Acadia's cabin design to be friendlier, with a well-thought-out layout of the major buttons and knobs. There are plenty of oddment spaces and storage cubbies as well.

GMC Acadia Interior

GMC Acadia  Center Console GMC Acadia  Steering Wheel GMC Acadia  Trunk space

Ford Explorer Interior

Ford Explorer Center Console Ford Explorer Steering Wheel Ford Explorer Trunk space

Performance Comparison

The 2023 Acadia comes with a choice of two powertrains. You can have a turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 228 horsepower or a brawnier 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower. Drive goes to the front wheels as standard via a nine-speed automatic gearbox. You can have an all-wheel-drive system if desired.

The 2023 Explorer may offer more powerful engine options on paper, but remember that it’s a larger and heavier vehicle in the category, and the gap suddenly narrows. You’ve got a 2.3-liter turbo four with 300 horsepower, a 3.0-liter turbo six with 400 horsepower, and a hybrid variant with a system total of 313 horsepower. Drive goes to the rear wheels or all four wheels through an automatic gearbox.

Safety Features Comparison

The 2023 Acadia and 2023 Explorer come with a long list of standard safety kit. They’ve both got airbags, stability control, traction control, daytime running lamps, child safety locks, and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, as well as lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. You can also avail yourself of optional adaptive cruise control on the 2023 Acadia.

Find the 2023 Acadia in Forsyth, IL

While the 2023 Explorer puts up a formidable fight, in the end, bigger and more powerful isn’t always better in an urban landscape. That’s where you’ll appreciate the 2023 Acadia's slightly smaller footprint, more frugal powertrains, and easier driving experience. How easy is it? So drop by Bob Brady Buick GMC in Forsyth, IL, and take a test drive to find out.

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