SUV Comparison: Dodge Durango + GMC Acadia

April 15th, 2016 by

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Combining smooth city and highway handling with solid utility capability, the 2016 Dodge Durango SXT, the Durango’s most basic model, and GMC Acadia SL, the Acadia’s most basic model, are two popular models among the SUV class.

Both vehicles are manufactured by American manufacturers and they each have unique features that sets them apart from one another. However, the Durango’s extra towing capability and interior features give the Dodge Durango a slight edge over the Acadia.

Engine and Towing

The 2016 Dodge Durango SXT has a 3.6-liter, V6 engine that is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Durango produces 290-horsepower and offers drivers steady power and has a towing capacity of 6,200 lbs. Buyers have the option of selecting a rear-wheel or all-wheel drivetrains.

The 2016 GMC Acadia SLE-1 is equipped with a 3.6-liter, V6 engine mated with a  6-speed automatic transmission. The 6-cylinder engine can produce as much as 281-horsepower. Similar to the Cherokee Sport, buyers have the option of two different drivetrains, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Dodge Durango SXT has a slightly better towing capability as the Acadia is limited to a maximum towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds.

Fuel Economy

Though a little bit more powerful, the Durango also has a slightly better fuel economy than the GMC Acadia. The Durango SXT has an estimated fuel economy of 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG highway, and the Acadia’s estimated fuel economy is 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.


The Dodge Durango is equipped to seat seven passengers comfortably and it features modern technology features. It as multiple charging outlets and a 5-inch touchscreen display for drivers and passengers to be able to control entertainment settings.

The GMC Acadia is equipped with seating for eight passengers and it also has a touchscreen display. The Acadia is also equipped with a  rearview camera, but does not offer climate control for the different vehicle rows.

Price and Warranty

Both SUVs are similarly priced and the Durango is slightly more affordable. The 2016 Dodge Durango SXT has an MSRP of $30,495 and the Acadia SL is priced at $30,975. Both vehicles are backed by a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty.

Interested in the Dodge Durango?

Come by University Dodge, located in Davie, Fla. and you can come test drive a new Dodge Durango and see how it feels and handles for yourself — you can come by our store at any time or schedule a test drive here. Want to also see how the Durango compares to a Jeep Grand Cherokee? Read up on how those two SUVs compare here. You can also see our Dodge Durango inventory here.

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