Post # 1
Hello Bees. I’ve had almost everything but an SUV and now after years of driving minivans I’m ready to move on. I think I’ve narrowed it down to an Explorer or an Acadia but I’m open to other suggestions. Anyone love their car? Hate their car? We have six older children and two dogs between us so we have to have three rows of seating plus cargo area while trying to keep it as small and fuel-efficient as possible.
Post # 2
A friend of mine has an Acadia and has had nothing but problems. Dunno if it’s a lemon or what, but it’s been in the shop many times (3-4 yrs old). I had an Explorer about 15 years ago and liked it a lot! We seriously considered an Escape the last time we were in the market but I don’t think it comes with a 3rd row.
Post # 3
Thanks! I also know someone who had issues with her Acadia but was hoping that was in the past. The Escape only has two rows–someday I can do that but not yet.
Post # 4
Acadias and explorers are pretty small for six older kids and two dogs!!! I’ve heard people who went from mini vans to SUVs and they hated it, especially if it’s missing the 2nd row captains seats! Is a Tahoe or expedition out of the question?
To answer your question, I’d choose an explorer over Acadias! ive heard nothing but bad things about them! Good luck!
Post # 5
Thank you–the Acadia is sounding like a poor choice. We won’t be putting all six kids in the car at the same time–most of them are old enough to drive and have their own cars–but could have four or five from time to time. We took three and dogs and stuff on a trip this summer and I realized I can’t downsize as much as I’d like. I was originally thinking about an Escape, CR-V or Jeep. I’d like to stay smaller than a Tahoe/Expedition–too hard to park in the city!
Post # 6
I love the Toyota sequoia but its large. The Toyota 4runner or Highlander are midsized but can have a third seat.The 4runner is the sporty version and the highlander is a bit fancier in general. Toyotas will last forever too!
Post # 7
You’re going to hear lemon stories about every kind of car. Everyone knows someone who has owned a car they’ve had problems with. That being said I’ll say that over the years the Ford Explorer is the one main car I’ve heard a lot of people complain about. My SIL had one that was a constant problem. Again, that could be with any car.
MotorTrend rated the Explorer a 3/5 while the Acadia was rated a 4/5.
My stepmom and her dad both drive Buick Enclave’s – which is the Buick verson of the Acadia. They’re fantastic, great to drive, and both have had no problems.
I looked at the Acadia was almost ready to buy it, but ended up getting the Toyota Highlander instead. I love my car. It drives great, gets great gas mileage, and my mechanic loves it. It has 3 rows, although I tend to keep the 3rd row down most of the time and plenty of leg room in all the rows.
Like most mid-size SUV’s the storage area becomes non-existant if the 3rd row is in use. Myself and my friends all drive mid to large size SUV’s. Outside of a Suburban/Expedition or Minivan, it’s almost impossible to find 3 rows PLUS luggage space.
I’ll be really honest, while I love my Highlander now – it’s just DH and I plus our two dogs. When the 4 of us travel w/ luggage we are packed to the brim. We’re TTC now, and I’ll have to get a bigger car. For everyday travel it would be fine, but there’s no way we could head to visit family w/ a baby, 2 dogs + all luggage in anying other than a Suburban. My girlfriends who all got Tahoe’s (and have kids) quickly traded them in for Suburbans for that very reason…..they needed 3 rows AND luggage space.
Post # 8
I’ve test driven pretty much every 3rd row on the market. The Acadia was so overpriced for the outdated feel of the features and I too have heard of folks with issues. I liked the Explorer but the road noise was a bit much for me for the price. I know people aren’t always huge Dodge fans, but we test drove and researched the 2015 Durango and ended up getting a great deal. I love my SUV and felt it was more spacious than the other two you listed. The Honda Pilot was a great option but after reading problems with the first year redesign I didn’t want to chance it. Best of luck! 🙂
Post # 9
I’d recommend a 2014 Honda pilot that year seems to be the best model year. I have worked for a gmc dealer and seen first hand the problems the Acadia has. One big issue is the transmission is only built to last 100000 miles and by today’s standards that is horrible. I currently drive an older Ford escape and honestly will either upsize to an explorer or pilot
Post # 10
I had a 1998 explorer (first car my parents bought for me in 2007) just passed it on to my cousin with 200k miles on it and was sad to give it up – never had any issues other than standard maintenance. I upgraded and got a new fully loaded explore and I’m loving it. It’s just me and dh right now, but we are expecting so it will be our “family” vehicle (dh drives an f150). I’ve used it driving my family to dinner/gatherings (6 people) and it has been fine. i really wanted an edge but like you I needed that 3rd row if I plan to keep it a while.
Post # 11
I’ve heard nothing but bad things about the Acadia. My friend has an Explorer and loves it. I’ve ridden in the back 3rd row and it wasn’t that bad. I personally own a Toyota 4Runner and wouldn’t own anything else (this is my 2nd one).
Post # 12
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I think you’ll need to go bigger w/ 6 kids. What about a Suburban?
Post # 13
I’m a Ford fan, on my second Escape and my mom has a 2013 Explorer and loves it. It’s big (at least to me, compared to my Escape) but it drives really nicely. I have zero experience with the Acadia but would recommend an Explorer for sure.
If I were in the market for a car that size i would look at the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot, though.
Post # 14
My mom has an Acadia and it’s been amazing, the best car she’s owned. I however own a ford edge, not an explorer but it’s been nothing but problems. I’ve spent 4k just trying to keep it running not including regular maintience.
Post # 15
Thank you all for your help!!