Comparison 2016 Dodge Journey and 2016 MC Acadia

Comparison: Dodge Journey and GMC Acadia

Comparison 2016 Dodge Journey and 2016 MC AcadiaComparing vehicles made for a lot of passengers is never easy. Drivers want comfortable interiors, up-to-date technology, great fuel economy and safety, and why shouldn’t they? Those are the standards for vehicles today, and if one were to scrimp on either, well, it wouldn’t make the “Yes” pile when it comes to making a buying decision.

That’s why we take a hard look at vehicles when drawing up a comparison, from the engine specs to the safety and convenience features. Today, we’re taking a look at two 7-passenger seating mid-size SUVs/CUVs: the Dodge Journey and the GMC Acadia.

2016 Dodge Journey

2016 Dodge Journey SE

Here’s how you sum up the Dodge Journey – “value and versatility.” The cost of a Journey is more affordable than it’s competitors and it still has some nice features for the price. The higher trims levels do come with more gadgets, but many drivers will like this car for its 7-passenger accommodations while on a budget.

2017 GMC Acadia2017 GMC Acadia SLE-1

The GMC Acadia definitely separates itself from other mid-size SUVs with a slightly smaller, lighter package and a sleeker look. Even with its 3-row seating for up to seven passengers, it still packs many new assist systems into the interior. It’s slick, it’s smooth, and it’s sophisticated. Plus, a new off-road all-terrain variation is available for those looking to drive on the wild side with a small party of people in the back.

Performance

The 2016 Dodge Journey SE model comes standard with a 2.4-liter I4 DOHC 16-valve with dual VVT engine. (VVT stands for variable valve timing.) DOHC means the engine is optimized for power and fuel efficiency with dual overhead camshafts, and the dual VVT complements that. The 4-speed automatic transmission is standard and comes with AutoStick technology, a transaxle shifter that provides the driver with clutchless manual shifting. The engine generates up to 173-horsepower with 166 lb-ft of torque. This provides the Journey with a fuel economy of 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.

The 2017 GMC Acadia SLE-1 is powered by a 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI engine with VVT, much like the Dodge. The SIDI is the main difference, which helps to increase performance while reducing fuel consumption. As they say, the proof is in the pudding, with a fuel economy of 21/25 MPG city/highway. The SLE-1 comes standard with 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine generates up to 193-horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque.

Style

Feature Journey SE Acadia SLE-1
EXTERIOR
Heated Mirrors YES
Rear Window Wiper YES
Automatic Headlamps YES
Splash Guards YES
Daytime Running Headlamp YES YES
Rims 17″ 17″
Wheels All-season Blackwall BSW All-season Touring
Interior
Driver Info Center YES YES
Keyless open/start YES YES
Leather-wrapped steering wheel YES
Seat trim Premium Cloth Option for Premium Cloth
Seat adjustment 4-way manual for driver, 2-way for passenger
Foldable Seats 2nd row 40/60 tilt and slide
Storage 2nd in-floor storage bins and Cargo tie-down loops Optional Cargo net

Technology

FEATUREYES/NOYES/NO

SafetyBoth vehicles have airbag systems in place, but where the Journey has systems like electronic stability control and traction control, these features are unlisted with the Acadia.. The Dodge Journey SE comes with sentry key theft deterrent, electronic roll mitigation, advanced multistage airbags in the front, and supplemental airbags on the sides in the front and all rows.The Acadia comes with OnStar for 5 years, a rear vision camera, and passenger air bag sensing (system uses pressure and weight to decide whether to deploy airbag).Price and WarrantyThe 2016 Dodge Journey SE starts at an MSRP of $20,995. It comes with the basic warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles, a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.The 2017 GMC Acadia SLE-1 starts at an MSRP of $34,450. It comes with bumper-to-bumper limited warranty for 3 years or 36,000 miles, corrosion protection for 3 years or 36,000 miles (rust through for 6 years or 100,000 miles), a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 60,000 miles, and two maintenance visits for 2 years or 24,000 miles.Photo Source and Copyright: Dodge.com/GMC.com

Feature Journey SE Acadia SLE-1
Touchscreen 4.3″ 7″ with IntelliLink
Audio System 6-speaker system with audio jack Bose premium 8-speaker system
Instrument Display YES
Radio Radio 4.3; SIriusXM for 1 year optional SiriusXM (3-month)
Entertainment 2nd row overhead 9” video screen Optional rear entertainment system
Steering wheel mounted controls YES YES
Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth Optional