The Best of American SUVs: 2019 Dodge Durango and 2019 GMC Acadia

dodge durango vs gmc acadia?

2019 Dodge Durango

  • Starting Price: $30,445
  • Available Engines: 3.6L Pentastar V6, 5.7L HEMI V8, 6.4L HEMI V8 engine
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 8,700 lbs
  • Maximum Power Output: 475 horsepower, 470 lb-ft of torque
  • Maximum Fuel Economy: 19 City / 26 Hwy
  • Seating Capacity: 6-7
  • Storage Capacity: 85.1 cu. ft.

2019 GMC Acadia

  • Starting Price: $32,800
  • Available Engines: 2.5L 4-cylinder, 3.6L V6
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 4,000 lbs
  • Maximum Power Output: 310 horsepower, 271 lb-ft of torque
  • Maximum Fuel Economy: 21 City / 26 Hwy
  • Seating Capacity: 6-7
  • Storage Capacity: 79 cu. ft.

2019 Dodge Durango vs 2019 GMC Acadia

Exterior Design

The 2019 Dodge Durango features a slightly boxier look with LED lighting, a split-crosshair grille, an LED racetrack tail lamp, projector fog lamps, and 10 available exterior colors from which to choose.

The 2019 GMC Acadia has a sleek rounded design that features a bold grille, projector-beam headlamps, LED signature lighting taillamps, a wraparound rear glass, chrome accents, power-adjustable heated mirrors, and 10 available exterior color options.

Seating and Storage

With the available Fold & Tumble second/row captain’s chairs and available 50/50 split-folding third-row seat on the 2019 Dodge Durango, you can get up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space when the seats are folded down. With the flexibility of these seats, you can also easily adjust to your seating and storage needs. A variety of leather and cloth seating color combinations are available, as well as available heated seating and Three-Zone Automatic Temperature Control for added comfort.

The 2019 GMC Acadia offers slightly less cargo space at 79 cubic feet when the second- and third-row seats are folded. The Smart Slide second-row seats make access to the third-row seats easier and the third row can fold completely flat for extra storage. The third row of the Acadia is a little more cramped than that of the Durango. However, features such as Active Noise Cancellation, interior lighting, hidden storage, and available second-row heated seats add comfort and convenience for passengers.

Technology

The 2019 Dodge Durango features two Uconnect systems: Uconnect 4 and the available Unconnect 4C NAV. The Uconnect 4 features a 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice command, Bluetooth Streaming Audio and Sirius XM. The Uconnect 4C NAV includes a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM Guardian, Navigation, SiriusXM Traffic Plus, and SiriusXM Travel Link. Other technology features include two driver memory presets, an available 9-inch high-definition dual-screen Blu-Ray Entertainment System with HDMI, a 7-inch Driver Information Digital Cluster Display, and a standard Push Button Start.

The 2019 GMC Acadia also features technology to help make commutes and travel more comfortable. Features include a standard 8-inch diagonal touchscreen, available navigation, available 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. This year’s Acadia also features a Rear Seat Reminder that will remind you to check the backseat for precious cargo, as well as an available Hitch Guidance with Hitch View that uses an advanced rear camera with grid lines to help you attach and keep an eye on trailers.

Safety Features

The 2019 Dodge Durango offers more in standard and available driver assist features. Standard features include a ParkView Rear Back Up Camera, Electronic Stability Control which helps you maintain control on wet or icy roads, an Enhanced Accident Response System, Rain Brake Support which removes water from the brake pads, Trailer Sway Damping, and more. Available features include ParkSense Rear Park Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring to assist in changing lanes, and Brake Assist when emergency braking is needed.

The 2019 GMC Acadia comes with far less standard driver assist features, but it offers a few features that the Durango doesn’t. For instance, the Teen Driver Mode comes standard on every 2019 Acadia and features the ability for parents to set limits and activate certain safety features while young drivers are behind the wheel. Available driver assist and safety features include Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist.

Performance

The 2019 Durango offers a variety of engine types so you can get the speed and power you desire. The standard base engine is a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that has a maximum towing capacity of 6,200 pounds. The next level up is the available 5.7L HEMI V8 engine, which produces 360 horsepower and can tow up to 7,400 pounds. The highest performing engine is the 6.4L HEMI V8 engine available on the Durango SRT. This 475-horsepower engine produces 470 lb-ft of torque and has a maximum towing capacity of 8,700 lbs. While these high performing numbers may scare you when it comes to fuel economy, the base engine manages 26 mpg on the highway while the mid-level engine manages an impressive 22 mpg on the highway.

The 2019 Acadia offers two engines. The standard 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI engine uses Variable Valve Timing and produces 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque, all while achieving 26 mpg on the highway. The available 3.6L 6-cylinder engine uses Active Fuel Management to put out 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque and has a maximum towing capacity of 4,000 lbs. Additional performance features include a Traction Selection System and an All Terrain twin-clutch AWD system.

Which Will You Choose?

The 2019 Dodge Durango and the 2019 GMC Acadia are both great options for anyone looking for the best American SUV to accommodate their large family. While both SUVs have special features they offer, the 2019 Dodge Durango offers a lower starting price, a larger interior space, more available technology and safety features, and a heavier towing capacity.

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