2018 GMC Acadia Vs 2018 Dodge Durango Comparison for Chicago, IL
The battle in the large SUV arena is one that continues to ensue. SUV manufacturers have to consistently come up with creative ways to stay ahead of the game. The latest advancements in technology have to be utilized to increase the functionality of the vehicles, as per consumer requirements. This is an interesting league to compete in, and great care has to be taken in order to ensure customer satisfaction.
GMC has been around for a long time and has used tried and tested results to achieve the high rankings that they acquired. The 2018 GMC Acadia is yet another testament to the exceptional levels of engineering, design and craftsmanship that they put into every vehicle. The 2018 GMC Acadia is a highly rated crossover SUV with the statistics to match. A lot of thought and effort has been put into the latest 2018 model and it shows. A comfortable vehicle with great performance makes this a great choice for buyers in the SUV market. The wide range of trim options gives buyers an array of choices to find the perfect configuration to suit their style and needs.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the 2018 Dodge Durango. First off, we are certain that the residents of Alsip, IL near Chicago are only interested in the best. To be very frank, they will not find that in the 2018 Durango. With a tight third row and lackluster safety scores, this SUV ranks quite low on the large SUV list. Fuel economy is also an important factor to be considered, and the V8 engines guzzle fuel, like a dehydrated individual that has been lost in a desert. There are many flaws that rate this SUV vehicle much lower than the 2018 GMC Acadia.
Which SUV has the better driving performance?
The 2018 GMC Acadia starts the trim lineup with an inline 4, 2.5 liter engine. This strong engine offers 193 horsepower and 188 pounds per foot of torque. The lack of a turbo-charger doesn’t hinder its exceptional performance, thanks to the proficiently configured automatic six-speed transmission. A rather quiet, despite its size and performance, V6, 3.6 liter engine also joins the list. This 310 rated horsepower monster pushes out an impressive 271 lbs per ft of torque. The wheels also receive their power through the transmission configuration of the 2.5 liter.
Standard drivability is made available through a front wheel setup. An AWD option is also available on demand. The various drive mode settings add an extra level of functionality to the 2018 GMC Acadia. Off road, towing and sports mode can be easily be selected by the turn of a centrally located knob. Fuel can be saved, especially on sunny days by transitioning between an all wheel and a 2WD. Shock absorbance is spectacular and the drive handling and maneuverability is really second to none. The 2018 Dodge Durango has a hard ride, which is terribly firm and doesn’t offer anything close to the soft, easily controllable drive of the 2018 GMC Acadia.
Exterior & Interior Design
The GT and SXT trim options of the Durango remains unchanged. This is rather disappointing, seeing that “first impressions, do actually last.” More effort could have gone into the exterior designing of the 2018 Dodge which might have given it a chance to possibly compete with the 2018 GMC Acadia in at least one category. The 2018 has what can be described as a rather masculine look. It has clean styling and can be fitted with an “All Terrain” add on package. This adds an extra level of ruggedness to the exterior look of the SUV. Chrome added to the rear, accentuates the taillights of the 2018 GMC Acadia. They have incorporated the use of their own designs on the wheels which adds to the uniqueness of this SUV. The grille is dressier and there are a few shiny components strategically placed around the exterior.
Comfortably spacious, this describes the interior of the 2018 GMC Acadia. When contrasted to the overly styled, impractical interior of the 2018 Dodge Durango, the 2018 Acadia reigns supreme yet again. The Acadia comfortably seats seven occupants, all with enough room for a rather comfortable journey. The front seats are well designed and offer multiple adjustable options.
GMC’s 2018 Acadia has been given some impressive crash test reviews. Standard safety components across the 2018 Acadia’s range include a rearview camera, stability control, 7 airbags and anti-locking brakes. The 2018 Dodge Durango has received less than desirable safety scores and causes it to lose valuable points and ratings.
Why Rogers Auto?
Rogers Auto Group has some of the best brand new vehicles on our dealership floor. We keep our standards exceptionally high and this translates into our brilliant levels of personal customer service. Every day is a great day at Rogers Auto Group. The 2018 Acadia is one of those SUV’s that you just have to test drive for yourself. Give us a call today and let’s get you in one as soon as possible.
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