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GMC Acadia vs. Toyota Highlander

When comparing the GMC Acadia to the Toyota Highlander, the GMC Acadia has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Toyota Highlander has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The GMC Acadia and Toyota Highlander have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the GMC Acadia versus the Toyota Highlander, the Toyota Highlander is a better car than the GMC Acadia.

GMC Acadia versus Toyota Highlander Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used GMC Acadia ranges from $24,975 to $39,994 while a used Toyota Highlander from the same model year range is priced between $28,612 to $41,579. For a new model, the GMC Acadia's price is between $37,644 and $56,684, with the Toyota Highlander priced between $39,983 and $52,437.

GMC Acadia versus Toyota Highlander Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the GMC Acadia is 8.1 out of 10 while the Toyota Highlander's quality rating is 8.9 out of 10. This results in the GMC Acadia being ranked 11 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Toyota Highlander being ranked 1 out of 25. Out of 15 Best Midsize SUVs for the Money, the GMC Acadia is ranked 15 and the Toyota Highlander is ranked 1. The GMC Acadia is also ranked 13 out of 31 Best SUVs with 3 Rows while the Toyota Highlander is ranked 2 out of 31. The GMC Acadia is also ranked 13 out of 21 Best SUVs with 3 Rows for the Money while the Toyota Highlander is ranked 2 out of 21. The GMC Acadia is also ranked 14 out of 28 Best Crossover SUVs for the Money while the Toyota Highlander is ranked 1 out of 28. The GMC Acadia is also ranked 16 out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs while the Toyota Highlander is ranked 1 out of 61.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the GMC Acadia’s base engine makes 228 horsepower, and the Toyota Highlander base engine makes 265 horsepower. Both the Acadia and the Highlander are rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 563 and 519 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Toyota Highlander has the advantage of offering more front head room, front leg room, and trunk space. The GMC Acadia has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, rear head room and rear leg room. The GMC Acadia and Toyota Highlander are comparable in regards to rear shoulder room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The GMC Acadia has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity, while the Toyota Highlander has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Toyota Highlander has higher safety ratings than the GMC Acadia, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.73 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Toyota Highlander has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 GMC Acadia

2023 Toyota Highlander

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$37,644 - $56,684

Used Asking Price:

$24,975 - $39,994

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

52.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$39,983 - $52,437

Used Asking Price:

$28,612 - $41,579

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.1 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

6.8 / 10

Safety:

9.5 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.9 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.2 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 25
5 / 31
11 / 25
11 / 15
12 / 25
13 / 31
13 / 21
14 / 61
14 / 31
14 / 28
15 / 25
16 / 61
16 / 31
29 / 61
37 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 61
1 / 61
1 / 31
1 / 28
1 / 25
1 / 25
1 / 15
2 / 61
2 / 31
2 / 21
3 / 25
5 / 25
7 / 31
9 / 31
41 / 61

Summary Review

GMC’s Acadia is a crossover SUV that offers seating from five to eight passengers, depending on model year and trim. Shoppers will find the Acadia is a bit like an upscale version of the Chevy Traverse. 

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Summary Review

The Toyota Highlander is among the best-selling, top-rated SUVs in the 3-row segment.

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Pros and Cons

  • Near-luxury trims available
  • Off-road-focused trims available
  • Three engine choices

  • No green (hybrid/electric) powertrain available
  • Advanced active safety systems are optional, not standard

Pros and Cons

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • No disappointing base engine
  • Legendary reliability

  • Poorly-rated headlights on L, LE, and XLE trims

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

SLE, AT4, SLT, Denali

Trim Levels

LE, XLE, Limited, Platinum, L, XSE

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.73 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

228 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

258 foot-lbs @ 1500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.055 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

265 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 1700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.064 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

22 / 29 / 25

Range (city/hwy):

427 / 563 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

22 / 29 / 25

Range (city/hwy):

394 / 519 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40 inches

Front Leg Room:

41 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59.4 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.7 inches

Cargo Space:

12.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

79 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

156.6 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.7 inches

Cargo Space:

16 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

84.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

157.8 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4155 lbs

Width:

75.4 inches

Height:

66.7 inches

Length:

193.4 inches

Wheelbase:

112.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.2 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4155 lbs

Width:

76 inches

Height:

68.1 inches

Length:

194.9 inches

Wheelbase:

112.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum with painted accents

Tire Size:

P235/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P235/65R18