Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda Odyssey VS 2017 GMC Acadia Near Norcross, GA

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2017 Honda Odyssey

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2017 Honda Odyssey

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2017 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

The Odyssey has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Odyssey offers optional Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite in front of the vehicle. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Odyssey and the Acadia Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Odyssey is safer than the GMC Acadia Limited:



Acadia Limited




5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Stress

202 lbs.

366 lbs.

Neck Compression

33 lbs.

62 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

43/225 lbs.

641/393 lbs.




5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

108 lbs.

188 lbs.

Neck Compression

42 lbs.

51 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Odyssey is 2.8% to 4.2% less likely to roll over than the Acadia Limited.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Odyssey the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 102 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Acadia Limited has not been tested, yet.

The Honda Odyssey has a better fatality history. The Odyssey was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 12.1% lower per vehicle registered than the Acadia Limited, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

The Odyssey’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Acadia Limited’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Odyssey has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Acadia Limited has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Odyssey’s reliability will be 8% better than the Acadia Limited.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Odyssey is faster than the GMC Acadia Limited:



Acadia Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.2 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Odyssey gets better fuel mileage than the Acadia Limited FWD (19 city/28 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Odyssey’s fuel efficiency. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Odyssey stops much shorter than the Acadia Limited:



Acadia Limited


60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Odyssey has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Acadia Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Odyssey is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Acadia Limited.

For better maneuverability, the Odyssey’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Acadia Limited’s (36.7 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Odyssey may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the GMC Acadia Limited.

The Odyssey uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Odyssey has 20.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Acadia Limited (172.6 vs. 151.8).

The Odyssey has .2 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 4.1 inches more rear legroom, 8.3 inches more rear hip room, 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room, 9.2 inches more third row legroom, .1 inches more third row hip room and 3.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Acadia Limited.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Odyssey’s middle and third row seats recline. The Acadia Limited’s third row seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Odyssey is 3.9 inches lower than the Acadia Limited (15” vs. 18.9”). The Odyssey’s rear step up height is 2.8 inches lower than the Acadia Limited’s (17” vs. 19.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Acadia Limited.



Acadia Limited

Behind Third Seat

38.4 cubic feet

24.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

93.1 cubic feet

70.1 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

148.5 cubic feet

116.1 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Odyssey easier. The Odyssey’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 25 inches, while the Acadia Limited’s liftover is 31 inches.

The Odyssey’s cargo area is larger than the Acadia Limited’s in almost every dimension:



Acadia Limited

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width






The Odyssey has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Odyssey’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Acadia Limited’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Odyssey the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Acadia Limited can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Smart Entry Keyless Remote standard on the Odyssey EX/SE/EX-L/Touring/Touring Elite allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The GMC Acadia Limited doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Odyssey has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Acadia Limited’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite has a standard center folding armrest for the third row rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer a third row rear seat center armrest.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Odyssey’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Acadia Limited doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Odyssey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Odyssey will cost $135 less than the Acadia Limited over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Odyssey is less expensive to operate than the Acadia Limited because it costs $666 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Odyssey than the Acadia Limited, including $39 less for a water pump, $126 less for front brake pads, $221 less for fuel injection, $144 less for a fuel pump, $924 less for a timing belt/chain and $1031 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Odyssey will be $4813 to $5678 less than for the GMC Acadia Limited.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Odyssey has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Acadia Limited

Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



J.D. Power and Associates rated the Odyssey third among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Acadia Limited isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Odyssey is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Acadia Limited is not ranked.

The Odyssey was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The Acadia Limited has never been an “All Star.”

The Honda Odyssey outsold the GMC Acadia by 56% during the 2016 model year.

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