GMC SUV Comparison: Terrain vs. Acadia

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If you know you want an SUV, it makes sense to look at GMC models. After all, the automaker specializes in SUVS. You have the choice of the Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, and Yukon XL, as well as Denali versions of all of these. For Bedford drivers who don’t need the extremely spacious and luxurious Yukon, you will want to compare the Terrain and Acadia more closely to see which SUV is right for you.

Size and Pricing of the Acadia and Terrain

Right from the start, you will notice that the GMC Acadia is both the more spacious and expensive of the two. The GMC Terrain starts at $24,070** while the Acadia starts at $29,070**. Of course, this higher price tag includes more features and more room, including the third row of seating. While the Terrain fits five people, the Acadia has room for seven. As expected, the Acadia also has more overall cargo room, up to 79 cubic feet with both rear rows of seats folded. That said, the Terrain still has a very impressive 63.9 cubic feet. Based on this aspect of the comparison, the GMC Terrain will be good for those on a budget while the Acadia will appeal to those who need a bit more cargo space or seating.


Engines in  the Acadia and Terrain

The engines in the 2017 Terrain and Acadia are incredibly similar. The Terrain has a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. The Acadia has a 194-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. While the Acadia has slightly more power, its larger size means that the two models will have similar handling. Of course, the extra power combined with bigger size means that Acadia can tow more, up to 4,000 pounds. By comparison, the Terrain can tow up to 3,500. There is a tradeoff, however. While those who want to maximize power or towing will love the Acadia, the Terrain appeals to those who want the best fuel economy. The bigger Acadia gets up to 23 mpg combined, and the Terrain can get 25 mpg combined*.

If you want a closer comparison of the features on the GMC Terrain and Acadia or assistance configuring your ideal SUV, then talk to the friendly team at Berglund of Bedford Buick GMC in Bedford, Virginia.


*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

**MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excludes tax, license, registration, and options. A delivery, processing, and handling fee may be charged separately. Dealer prices may vary.