Berlin City Chevrolet GMC Buick, your Gorham NH GMC
dealer, would like to help you in your search for a new car, truck or SUV. Here we will show the distinct advantages of the GMC Acadia to the Toyota Highlander
The 2012 GMC Acadia and 2012 Toyota Highlander are at the top of many shopping lists of crossovers with three rows of seats. Both vehicles have a lot to offer, but which comes out on top? The GMC again proves the competition has some catching up to do.
Taller, wider and longer, the Acadia comes out to an early lead with seating for seven or eight versus Highlander's seven-passenger maximum capacity. Cargo capacity plays a huge role as well; even when all three seating rows are in use, the Acadia comes out ahead again with a solid 24 cubic feet of space for your gear while Highlander owners make do with a mere 10.3 cubic feet of space. With second- and third-row seats folded flat, the Acadia really distances itself from the Highlander with 116.9 cubic feet versus the Highlander's 95.4 cubic feet.
Okay, so we know the Acadia is a lot roomier, but doesn't that affect fuel economy? The answer to that question is a resounding no, as the GMC delivers the same 24 mpg highway as the Toyota. At the same time, the 2012 GMC Acadia
has a 288-hp V6 powerplant out-muscles the Highlander's 270-hp V6 engine. Additionally, to get the V6 in the Highlander, which starts with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, you have to step up to a $33,850 version of the Highlander SE. The Acadia (MSRP starting at $32,000) comes standard with the V6 across the line.
The Highlander is narrower than the Acadia by 3.6 inches. At the same time, the Highlander's standard 17-inch wheels don't quite fill up the wheel wells. The Acadia's 18-inch wheels do a much better job of that, and the result is a more capable-looking appearance, along with the improved ride quality larger wheels offer.
Both the Highlander and the Acadia have been named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which reflects their performance in front, side and rear collision and roof-strength tests. But the IIHS also collects information on several other categories. Among those categories is head and neck protection where the Acadia scores "Good" while the Highlander is only rated "Acceptable."
What's more, only the Acadia features the safety and security of OnStar. With OnStar, anytime you press the red emergency button, you're put in touch with a specially trained professional who can get help to your exact location. OnStar can also summon aid when you can't push the button. Along with myriad other safety and security benefits, OnStar subscribers can also contact an advisor for Roadside Assistance, which is free for five years or 100,000 miles. Meanwhile, Highlander owners have to contact Roadside Assistance via their own cell phones, and even then, the protection is only for 24 months or 25,000 miles. And speaking of protection, the Highlander's five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty pales in comparison to the Acadia's five-year/100,000-mile protection.
As it turns out, both the Acadia and the Highlander are competent crossovers, but after looking at the big picture, the GMC comes out on top time and again. The Acadia delivers more room, more power, a better warranty and the same highway fuel economy as the competition from Toyota, and offers many features that the Highlander just doesn't have. The large crossover segment may have some solid competition, but the Acadia makes finding the best a simple task.
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