Compare Ford Explorer vs. GMC Acadia vs. Toyota Highlander

Compare the Ford Explorer against the GMC Acadia and Toyota Highlander. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Explorer, Acadia and Highlander stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Explorer, Acadia and Highlander. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2009 Ford Explorer 2009 GMC Acadia 2009 Toyota Highlander
2009 Ford Explorer 2009 GMC Acadia 2009 Toyota Highlander
RWD 4dr V6 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V6 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V8 XLT
  • 4WD 4dr V6 XLT
  • AWD 4dr V6 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V6 Eddie Bauer
  • 4WD 4dr V8 XLT
  • AWD 4dr V8 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V8 Eddie Bauer
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Eddie Bauer
  • AWD 4dr V6 Eddie Bauer
  • 4WD 4dr V8 Eddie Bauer
  • AWD 4dr V8 Eddie Bauer
  • RWD 4dr V6 Limited
  • RWD 4dr V8 Limited
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited
  • AWD 4dr V6 Limited
  • 4WD 4dr V8 Limited
  • AWD 4dr V8 Limited
Front-Wheel Drive SLE
  • Front-Wheel Drive SLE
  • All-Wheel Drive SLE
  • Front-Wheel Drive SLT-1
  • All-Wheel Drive SLT-1
  • Front-Wheel Drive SLT-2
  • All-Wheel Drive SLT-2
FWD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (SE)


MSRP $28,470 $31,890 $27,600
Invoice $26,458 $30,136 $24,840
Avg. Paid $12,142 $14,741 $15,930

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.4 8.3 8.9
Critics' Rating 8.1 8.9 8.8
Performance 7.8 8.1 7.8
Interior 8.0 8.6 8.1
Cost to Own 8.9 9.0 8.9
Safety 8.4 9.4 9.2
Reliability 2.0 3.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet cabin
  • Good road manners for a big, truck-based SUV
  • Capable SUV for towing and off-roading
  • Outstanding reliability rating
  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • Good fuel economy
  • Roomy interior that seats eight
  • Great safety ratings
  • Exceptional cargo capacity
  • Fuel-efficient base engine
  • Smooth ride
  • Top reliability score
  • Good safety ratings
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Some cheap-feeling interior materials
  • Mediocre reliability rating
  • Some cheap-feeling interior materials
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Cramped third row

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 4.0L/245 Gas V6 3.6L/220 Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD -
MPG 14 City / 20 Hwy 17 City / 24 Hwy 18 City / 24 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4 Door


Wheelbase(in) 113.7 118.9 109.8
Length, Overall (in) 200.7 188.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.7 78.2 75.2
Height, Overall (in) 71.9 69.9 68.1
Step Up Height - Front (in) - TBD -
Step Up Height - Side (in) - TBD -

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Optional
Sunroof Sunshield Optional Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4722 3979

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Compact Spare Tire Optional
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Optional
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Optional Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard Optional
Luggage Rack Standard Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional Standard Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Optional
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Optional Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 8 7
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 154 145.7
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 40.4 39.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.3 43.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.0 61.9 59.7
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 57.8 56.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.7 39.3 40.1
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 36.9 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.9 61.1 59.5
Second Hip Room (in) 55.5 57.9 56.5
Third Leg Room (in) 33.2 29.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 85.8 116.9 95.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 45.1 68.9 42.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 21.4 10.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Optional Standard
CD Changer Optional Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls Optional
Satellite Radio Optional Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Entertainment System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional
Dual Zone A/C Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional Standard Optional

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Optional Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Additional Rear Seat Optional Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional Optional
Power Passenger Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats Optional



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Optional Standard Optional
Daytime Running Lights Optional Standard Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Adjustable Pedals Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 4.0L/245 3.6L/220 3.5L/- TBD -
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 210 @ 5100 288 @ 6300 270 @ 6200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 254 @ 3700 270 @ 3400 248 @ 4700
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 36.8 40.4 38.7


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 17 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 24 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.5 22.0 19.2


Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Front Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Rear Independent SLA


Automatic Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.