What happens when you have two midsize SUVs that are both great vehicles on the market today? Say, the 2017 GMC Acadia and Chevy Traverse, for example? Fortunately, you get this vehicle comparison from your friends at Kelly Buick GMC!

For drivers in Emmaus, Allentown, and Bethlehem, we’ve put together everything you need to know about the Acadia and Traverse so you can decide which vehicle works best for you and your family. Then, if the 2017 GMC Acadia is the best fit for you, contact us at Kelly Buick GMC today!


You might be spending a lot of time inside your vehicle, and that means you need a comfortable, modern interior. With the Acadia and the Traverse, you’ll find both space and stylish designs, offering a cabin you’ll want to show off on group nights out.

When it comes to those group nights, however, you’ll want to be sure your passengers have a comfortable amount of room. The GMC Acadia offers ample second row legroom at 39.7 inches, compared to the Chevy Traverse’s 36.8 inches.

When looking at technology in these vehicles, you’ll find standard features in the Acadia like a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, five USB ports, and smartphone accessibility via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Such features are an added upgrade in the Traverse.

Power & Performance in the Acadia and Traverse

The 2017 Acadia and 2017 Traverse don’t differ much in terms of engine sizes. With the Acadia’s available 3.6L V6 engine, this powerhouse achieves 310 horsepower. Similarly, the Traverse has a 3.6L V6 engine that is rated at 281 horsepower.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Acadia takes the lead in this category. At an EPA-estimated 21/26 MPG city/highway, you’ll get more bang for your buck with this smart ride. The Traverse falls a little behind with an EPA-estimated 15/22 MPG city/highway.

Both the Acadia and the Traverse have exceptional maneuverability. You’ll have no troubles on winding roads, and the Acadia excels in harsher weather conditions. So, take your midsize SUV where you thought only cars could go before.

Acadia & Traverse Safety

Safety is a major priority when choosing your next family vehicle. Luckily, the Acadia and Traverse come with many available safety features that will put your mind at ease while on the road.

Both vehicles come with assistance features like Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Departure Warning. The Acadia even comes with a rear-seat reminder system, which alerts you to check the backseat when you turn the car off.

The Acadia was awarded a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the Traverse received just four stars in rollover tests. Both the Acadia and Traverse were given a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating by the National Highway Traffic Administration.


So, there you have the run-down on the 2017 GMC Acadia and the 2017 Chevy Traverse. We think these are both impressive picks; however, with the Acadia’s standard technology features, stand-out gas mileage, and even better safety ratings, we think this SUV is worth a test drive. Come by Kelly Buick GMC and check it out yourself.