Performance & Capability
The base engine for the Acadia is a 2.5L 4-cylinder that produces 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Above the base, the Acadia is equipped with a 3.6L V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque, which is also paired with a 6-speed automatic.
The GMC Acadia comes standard with front-wheel drive, but an on-demand all-wheel drive system with Sport, Off-Road, or Trailer/Tow modes, as well as two- or four-wheel drive selection, is optional. With this system, the Acadia can take on muddy, slippery, or snow-covered roads, while also conserving fuel on dry roads or on sunny days.
The Explorer, meanwhile, is usually found with a 3.5L V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, this available torque isn’t accessible at low engine speeds, which leaves you digging in for power when you need it.
Like the Acadia, the Explorer is available with a multi-traction all-wheel drive system, which offers Normal, Mud, Rut, Sand, and Snow modes, but you’d need all-weather tires to truly benefit from this capability.