Whether you're looking for a family vehicle or you simply want an automobile capable of transporting all your friends, investing in a full-size SUV is a great choice. If you're a driver in Covington, Newport, or Cincinnati looking for a new SUV, two models that deserve your attention are the Ford Explorer and the GMC Acadia

They boast versatile performance and flexible interiors, but which one is right for you? Our team at Fuller Ford has created this head-to-head comparison of the Ford Explorer vs. GMC Acadia, so you can determine which model fits your needs.

Check Under the Hood

When you're driving a large vehicle such as a full-size SUV, you want to be sure you have an unstoppable amount of engine power. Checking out the engine ratings of the Ford Explorer and the GMC Acadia should help you choose between these SUVs.

If you pick the Acadia, you'll have access to an available 3.6L V6 engine. It produces 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. Plus, it can tow up to 4,000 pounds!

Invest in the Ford Explorer, and you can choose its available 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine. It puts out 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. It can even haul up to 5,600 pounds! That means you'll want to choose the Explorer if you're looking for more excitement or more towing power!

Explorer vs Acadia: Cabin Space

Comparing Acadia and Explorer interior cargo and passenger space is another easy way to decide between these SUVs. In terms of passenger space, both SUVs are capable of transporting seven passengers. That makes them perfect for large families and friend groups.

The biggest interior difference between these two vehicles comes in terms of cargo space. When all three rows of the Acadia are in their upright position, you'll have 12.8 cubic feet of cargo room. With this same configuration, the Ford Explorer offers 18.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

If you're looking to expand your cargo capabilities, simply lower the second and third rows of either SUV. The GMC Acadia will give you 79 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row. In the Explorer, however, you'll have a maximum cargo volume of 87.8 cubic feet with the rear rows folded.

Off-Road Ability

While behind the wheel of your SUV, you may get the urge to go off-road, which means you need to be sure your vehicle is capable of handling a wide range of road conditions.

The GMC Acadia offers an available Drive Mode Selector. It'll allow you to easily change driving modes to match whatever road you're on. You'll have five modes to choose from!

If you want a vehicle that makes off-roading easy and fun, you'll need the Explorer. It comes with the Terrain Management System™. It includes seven driving modes, so you'll really be able to fine-tune the performance of this SUV to suit the terrain you're taking on!

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Test Drive the Winner Today!

The GMC Acadia, a versatile vehicle in its own right, simply doesn't provide the performance or cabin space you'll find with the Ford Explorer. One of the best ways to decide if the Explorer is the right SUV for you is by scheduling a test drive at Fuller Ford.

During your test drive, we can tell you more about the features of the Explorer. That way you'll be able to see how they'll fit into your drives through Newport, Cincinnati, and Covington. Contact us or browse our inventory and see for yourself!

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