The 2015 Ford Flex vs. the 2015 GMC Acadia

Ford Flex

The 2015 Ford Flex is one of the best full-sized crossovers on the market, offering Chicago and Manteno drivers far more than the 2015 GMC Acadia. Boasting an expansive interior, an enviable set of standard features, and top-notch safety ratings, the new Ford Flex is the perfect crossover choice for you and your family. Let’s take a closer look at both the Flex and the Acadia, so we can see which one reigns supreme.

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Trim Levels and Price

2015 Flex trimThe 2015 Ford Flex is available in three trim levels, helping Chicago and Manteno shoppers find the exact model to meet their needs:

  • SE: Starting at $29,100, the SE includes premium features as standard. Your hands will be soothed by the leather-wrapped steering wheel, your driving soundtrack provided by a 6-speaker sound system, and you’ll even get two Ford MyKeys.
  • SEL: Starting at $32,100, the SEL focuses on comfort. Both the driver and front passenger recline into 10-way power front seats, while dual-zone temperature control ensures that each of you stays relaxed.
  • Titanium: Starting at $37,700, the Titanium includes advanced technology, such as a cross-traffic alert system and integrated GPS navigation – with 3D mapping, turn-by-turn instructions, and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.

The 2015 GMC Acadia starts at $35,975 – that’s well over $6000 more than the entry-level Flex. That price will buy standard features such as a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, and daytime running lights, while premium features are reserved for the $44,095 upper end model.

Powertrains and MPG

2015 Flex powertrainsFord have always been known for offering their customers a choice of engines, and the 2015 Flex is no different, with two to select from:

  • 3.5L Ti-VCT V6: This powerhouse comes standard with all models, and can put Chicago and Manteno drivers in control of a generous 287 horsepower, while still allowing for 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway in FWD, or 17 and 23 in AWD models.
  • 3.5L EcoBoost V6: Sometimes larger vehicles need a little more power, so Ford offer a 365 horsepower alternative to the Ti-VCT.

The 2015 GMC Acadia doesn’t come close. For starters, there’s no choice of engine, just a single 3.6L V6. That’s enough to produce 281 horsepower – an acceptable figure, but still less than the Flex, especially with the latter’s available engine. A drop in power doesn’t even equal a rise in efficiency; the Acadia allows up to 16 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. You’ll be paying more for both lower power and lower efficiency.


2015 Flex interiorThe 2015 GMC Acadia can seat eight passengers, while the 2015 Ford Flex can only carry seven. However, they’re likely to be a little cramped inside the GMC – it only boasts 151.8 cubic feet of passenger space to the Ford Flex’s 155.8.

That makes a difference in terms of the comfort level of every single passenger:

  • Front Headroom: 41.8 inches in the Flex vs. 40.30 inches in the Acadia.
  • Second Row Headroom: 40.5 inches in the Flex vs. 39.6 inches in the Acadia.
  • Third Row Headroom: 38.7 inches in the Flex vs. 38.4 inches in the Acadia.

If you’re after a full-sized SUV with room for everyone to spread out and relax, then you need to pick up a 2015 Ford Flex. You’ll get more for your money – literally.

Comfort and Convenience Features

2015 Flex comfortDespite its inflated asking price, there are some basic features missing as standard from the 2015 GMC Acadia, such as heated mirrors. You won’t even get a power driver’s seat, just a 4-way

manual option.

Both of those features are available on the 2015 Flex, as are a number of systems exclusive to Ford itself. One of the most useful features for Chicago and Manteno drivers is the MyKey – two of which come as standard. You’ll be able to personalize the settings for each user, setting a top speed, setting limits to maximum stereo volume, or activating the Belt-Minder, making this a perfect gadget for anyone sharing their vehicle with their children.


Both the 2015 Ford Flex and the 2015 GMC Acadia offer a strong standard of safety across each and every model. However, the 2015 Ford Flex is the only one of the two to provide a standard security system and brake assist system. Additionally, while both vehicles performed well during crash simulation tests, only the 2015 Ford Flex was awarded a Top Safety Pick award by the IIHS.

Come Down to Terry’s Ford of Peotone to Test-Drive the Ford Flex

The 2015 Ford Flex offers more than the 2015 GMC Acadia, while asking for less. To test-drive yours today, just come down to the showroom at Terry’s Ford of Peotone. We look forward to seeing our Chicago and Manteno customers soon!