|2017 GMC Acadia||2017 Toyota RAV4|
|2.5-liter, 4-Cyl.||Engine||2.5-liter, 4-Cyl.|
|Six-Speed Automatic||Transmission||Six-Speed Automatic|
|79 cu.-ft.||Cargo Space||73.4 cu.-ft.|
2017 GMC Acadia vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4
For the most part, just about any crossover SUV is going to offer a flexible, balanced and efficient platform. Some models just provide those elements in a much more convenient way than others. Taking a close look at the 2017 GMC Acadia vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4 clearly illustrates the improvements made to the GMC SUV lineup available at Don Wheaton. The RAV4 deserves credit for being one of the first crossover SUVs on the market, but the GMC Acadia has taken full advantage of its 2017 redesign to pull well out in front of its Toyota competitor. On just about every level, the 2017 Acadia is able to outperform the 2017 RAV4.
One of the most glaring differences between the 2017 Acadia and 2017 RAV4 is the amount of available passenger space each vehicle possesses. Buyers choosing the 2017 Toyota RAV4 will be able to provide a ride to up to five passengers. The 2017 GMC Acadia has options for providing seating for up to seven passengers, depending on customer need and which trim level is chosen. Naturally, this lead in passenger space for the newly redesigned Acadia is carried over to measurements for maximum cargo volume. When properly configured, the 2017 GMC Acadia can offer up 79 cubic-feet of space. The 2017 RAV4 tops out at 73.4 cubic-feet of space. At the base trim level, the 2017 Acadia makes all of GMC’s connectivity technology available to buyers, including smartphone integration and the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The Toyota RAV4 doesn’t have the gear to be able to match this capability.
Performance of the 2017 Acadia
On paper, it would seem like the 2017 GMC Acadia and 2017 Toyota RAV4 are going to offer fairly close performance scores; after all, both crossover SUVs offer a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine for the base trims and both vehicles use a six-speed automatic transmission. However, the 2017 Acadia makes nearly 20 horsepower (193 horsepower) more than the 176 horsepower produced by the 2017 Toyota RAV4. This is where the story ends for the 2017 RAV4, whereas the 2017 Acadia offers another chapter. Higher trims, of the new Acadia, including the top-of-the-line Denali, have a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine making 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque available. Versions of the GMC crossover with the V-6 engine also offer an advanced all-wheel drive system.