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2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 GMC Acadia | An SUV Comparison

Are you in the market for a new mid-sized SUV to upgrade your daily driving experience? Two popular options for drivers in the Washougal, WA, area are the 2019 Ford Explorer and 2019 GMC Acadia. Both boast the premium performance and modern styling you demand, but which vehicle is best suited for your needs? The product specialists at Westlie Ford have crafted this comprehensive Ford Explorer vs. GMC Acadia comparison guide highlighting important information regarding these two models.

For the purpose of this comparison, we’ll be taking a closer look at the 2019 Ford Explorer Sport, starting at $46,625 MSRP, and the 2019 GMC Acadia Denali starting at $46,695 MSRP.

If you already know the Ford Explorer is the perfect SUV for you and your family, browse through our extensive 2019 Explorer inventory to view all available models for sale at our dealership. If you are in need of additional information, visit the Explorer hub research page. If you have any questions, give our team a call at (360) 602-2490 and we’ll happily assist you.

2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 GMC Acadia: Engine Options & Towing Capabilities

When it comes to power and handling, the 2019 Ford Explorer Sport simply blows the GMC Acadia Denali out of the water. Not only is the Explorer Sport capable of towing 1,000 lbs. more than the Acadia, it also has higher horsepower and torque capabilities.

Key engine and performance details >>>

2019 Ford Escape Sport

2019 Ford Explorer Sport

Engine3.5L EcoBoost® V6
Horsepower365 HP
Torque350 lb.-ft.
Max. Towing Capacity5,000 lbs.
MPG (city/hwy)16/22
2019 GMC Acadia Denali

2019 GMC Acadia Denali

Engine3.6L V6
Horsepower310 HP
Torque271 lb.-ft.
Max. Towing Capacity4,000 lbs.
MPG (city/hwy)18/25
2019 Ford Explorer Inflatable Safety Belts

2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 GMC Acadia: Safety Features

After closely comparing the 2019 Ford Explorer to the GMC Acadia Denali, our experts agree that the new Explorer simply has the advancements you’re looking for when it comes to safety. The 2019 Explorer Sport is equipped with the Belt-Minder® system and AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, whereas the GMC Acadia Denali is not. Additional safety features you’ll find in the new Explorer include:

  • Front passenger knee airbag
  • LATCH System
  • Safety Canopy® System
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • SecuriCode™ keyless entry pad
2019 Ford Explorer Cargo Space

2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 GMC Acadia: Interior Design & Cargo Space

Surround yourself in luxury every time you step inside the 2019 Ford Explorer. Unlike the 2019 Chevy Traverse, the Ford Explorer has a standard third-row seat that folds flat into the floor which creates a large cargo area. Interior cargo specs for the new Explorer are as follows:


Cargo volume behind 3rd-row


Cargo volume behind 2nd-row


Cargo volume behind 1st-row

2019 Ford Explorer Front Interior

In addition to plenty of cargo space, you’ll find a variety of refined interior features that wrap around the Explorer Sport’s spacious cabin. These include:

  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Heated steering wheel
  • First-row center floor console with wrapped armrest and storage bin
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • MyKey® 
  • Overhead console with dome/map lights and sunglasses holder
  • Passenger-assist grab handles
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows, with 1-touch-up-and-down driver/passenger window

2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 GMC Acadia: Warranty

Whether you choose the 2019 Ford Explorer or GMC Acadia, both manufacturers provide a 5-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

Schedule a Test Drive

Does the new 2019 Ford Explorer sound like the perfect SUV for you and your family? Schedule a test drive at our dealership in Washougal, WA, to experience all that this powerful vehicle has to offer on the road! If you have any questions, contact us online or give us a call at (360) 602-2490.

2019 Ford Explorer Driving City Street at Night