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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact test; five stars, side impact test
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; Top Safety Pick
Standard safety features are generous
The 2009 GMC Acadia is a true class standout when it comes to the safety category, earning rave reviews from all sources researched by TheCarConnection.com.
One of the most intuitive measures of a vehicle's safety is how it performs in crash tests, and in that regard the 2009 GMC Acadia is flawless. In NHTSA tests the GMC Acadia earns a perfect five-star rating in every category, including front and side impacts on both the driver and passenger sides. The IIHS reports similarly high scores for the GMC Acadia, which earns the highest possible rating, "good," in both the frontal offset and side impact tests. The IIHS also awards the 2009 GMC Acadia its prestigious Top Safety Pick award for 2009, citing the Acadia's "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control."
Overall safety involves a whole lot more than simply excellent crash-test ratings, and the GMC Acadia offers a wide range of safety features to complement its strong frame. Edmunds reviewers find that the standard safety features on the 2009 GMC Acadia include "antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags and the OnStar communications system." In addition, Consumer Guide reports that "traction control" and an "antiskid system" come standard, as well as an "antiskid system w/rollover sensors [and] tire-pressure monitor."
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that driver visibility, at least out the windshield, is not a concern in the 2009 GMC Acadia. According to The New York Times, "front visibility is excellent, though the tall rear glass makes it especially hard to find the vehicle's rear end while backing up." Consumer Guide agrees, noting that the "high beltline in back makes the available rear obstacle detection and rearview camera worthwhile options."
The new rearview camera option for the 2009 GMC Acadia corrects what is the only real safety concern for this crossover.