North Georgia Ford Compares 2020 Ford Escape VS 2020 GMC Acadia Near Ellijay, GA

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2020 Ford Escape

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2020 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The GMC Acadia doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Escape has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Acadia doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escape offers an optional backup collision prevention system that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Acadia doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Escape’s 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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Escape the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Acadia has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 79 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

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The Escape has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Acadia doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 6 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine Comparison

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The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 271) than the Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

MPG

Escape

FWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Acadia

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escape 1.5 Turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Acadia doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Escape’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Acadia:

Escape

Acadia

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the Acadia:

Escape

Acadia

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the Escape’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Acadia’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (7.3 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 800 pounds less than the GMC Acadia.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.1 inches, while the Acadia’s liftover is 32 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Escape Titanium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Acadia doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Escape SEL/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Acadia’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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/SEL/Titanium’s exterior PIN entry system. The Acadia doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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.

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/SEL/Titanium’s exterior PIN entry system. The Acadia doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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 standard 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 Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Acadia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because it costs $454 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Acadia, including $166 less for a water pump, $95 less for front brake pads, $117 less for fuel injection, $141 less for a fuel pump, $87 less for a timing belt/chain and $379 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Ford Escape outsold the GMC Acadia by over two to one during 2019.

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