The 2008 GMC Acadia is a top safety performer, in crash tests and in standard equipment.
According to Edmunds, the 2008 GMC Acadia’s "National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test scores are impressive, with the Acadia scoring five stars (out of five) in all frontal- and side-impact tests."
Edmunds reports that standard safety gear is "generous" on the GMC 2008 Acadia; they note a full complement of standard safety equipment that includes "antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags and the OnStar communications system." ConsumerGuide also mentions tire pressure monitors.
The New York Times says that "front visibility is excellent, though the tall rear glass makes it especially hard to find the vehicle's rear end while backing up." Unfortunately, TheCarConnection.com did not note that a backup camera was available either as standard equipment or an option. Cars.com does report that in the Acadia, GMC's "low and away" instrument panel helps optimize windshield visibility.