The 2013 GMC Acadia and 2013 Chevy Traverse are nearly identical save for a few visual differences and equipment choices—so why might one go for the pricier Acadia? With the two GM crossovers set to arrive in showrooms soon, some shoppers will likely make their decision based on style. Some may hunt for differences in the spec sheet, which is what we’ve done for you below.
First the similarities. Both get the same 3.6-liter, direct-injection V-6 engine rated at 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque (or 281 hp, 266 lb-ft with single exhaust on the Chevy) and both have a towing capacity of 5200 pounds. Power is sent to the front or all wheels via a revised six-speed automatic. They both offer three rows of seats for seven or eight passengers with a long list of optional niceties such as leather seating surfaces, heated and ventilated front seats, a rear DVD entertainment system, and an infotainment system that integrates smartphones. Passengers are equally as safe in either crossover, thanks to a new center airbag, a rearview backup camera, and standard curtain airbags.
Here’s what sets the two apart. Those who prefer a more solid and boxy look will prefer the GMC and its bold front fascia. The Acadia’s optional Denali package ups the tough look with 20-inch rims, fender flares, and lower body cladding. The Denali treatment also carries through inside with aluminum accents and exclusive Cocoa Dune-colored leather seats and a wood steering wheel, not available on the Traverse. The Acadia also gets standard LED daytime running lamps and LED taillamps not on the Chevy. The base model Traverse rides on 17-inch steelies, while the Acadia comes standard with 18-inch alloys. Additionally, the Acadia is fitted with dual-flow dampers for improved ride.
The Acadia is negligibly heavier than the Traverse, based on GM’s spec sheets, with a curb weight of 4656 pounds compared to the Chevy’s 4647. The EPA rates the GMC Acadia passenger volume at 154 cubic feet, which is four more than the Chevy Traverse. Finally, two features not available of the outgoing Chevy Traverse are the rear cargo controls and the optional Technology Package, which includes HID lights and a head-up display.
With that said, do you care about the GMC’s extra stuff enough to pick it over the 2013 Chevy Traverse?