Crash-test results for the Acadia have been superb. In the tough new federal crash-test program introduced for 2011 models and run by NHTSA, the Acadia earns a top five-star overall rating—including four-star frontal and five-star side impact results. It even gets a top five-star score in the new side pole test, which simulates a crash against a tree or pole. And while the Acadia hasn't yet been put through the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) roof strength test, related to rollover protection, it's received nothing but top 'good' ratings in all the other categories.
This high level of safety includes a robust list of safety features; anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, front-seat side airbags, and full-length (including the third row) side-curtain bags are all standard. GM's OnStar communications system, very useful in summoning roadside assistance, or emergency crews in a crash, is also included.
Outward visibility, as with so many other tall crossovers, is the only other safety concern, and shorter drivers especially might have issues when changing lanes or backing up. Make sure you get the available rearview camera system, as it helps with parking.