2012 GMC Acadia vs. 2012 Dodge Journey: Which One Should I Buy?

The GMC Acadia is classed as a midsize SUV, which is able to seat between six and seven passengers comfortably. The 2012 Acadia offers three rows of seating, so passengers will feel the roominess that is typical in a true SUV. The Acadia features a V6 engine, providing plenty of power.

The Dodge Journey is classed as a compact SUV, making it a midsize crossover. The base model provides seating for five, but in the 2012 model a third row of seating is also available, seating up to seven. Drivers have the option of a V6 or a four-cylinder option.

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2012 Dodge Journey

Standout Features

The Acadia is built for those who are looking not just for the added room that an SUV offers, but that extra power needed for towing. Drivers are treated to a comfortable ride, typical SUV fuel economy of 17 mpg city driving, and 24 mpg highway driving, and some high quality interior finishes that aren’t always found in a midsize SUV in this price point.

The Dodge Journey is an ideal choice for those looking at breaking into the SUV market. This crossover vehicle handles comfortably on the road as far as maneuvering goes. Where drivers have some issues is with the smaller sized engine in the base model, which can make it feel sluggish at times. The fact that you can choose a third row of seating in this vehicle makes it attractive for large size families. The Journey's fuel economy is slightly better thanks to the fact this one is a crossover. You can expect to get 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Points to Remember

  • Both the GMC Acadia and Dodge Journey feature the option of a third row of seating, making it possible to accommodate large groups of people.

  • Both vehicles handle well on the road as far as steering and precision goes, and they both offer plenty of power when the V6 engine is chosen.

  • The GMC Acadia gets the typical fuel economy consumption for vehicles in the class, whereas the Dodge Journey does a little better in this area and will provide you with better fuel consumption.

  • The Acadia offers a lot of “bang for your buck” in the base model including high quality features, the base model of the Dodge Journey hasn’t left drivers quite as impressed.

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, size is a huge factor here, as is the fuel economy, and the type of driving you plan to do with the vehicle.


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