In safety, the GMC Acadia is real standout, with rave reviews from all sources researched by TheCarConnection.com.
Crash tests are one of the most important measures of a vehicle's safety, and in that regard the 2010 GMC Acadia follows on from last year's model's flawless performance. 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 garners the highest possible rating of "good" in both the frontal offset and side impact tests. Last year, the IIHS also awarded the 2009 GMC Acadia its prestigious Top Safety Pick award, citing the Acadia's "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control," features it carries on to the 2010 model.
While crash-testing can certainly be revealing, it's not the only factor that must be examined when determining overall vehicle safety. The GMC Acadia delivers the goods in this aspect, thanks to its wide range of safety features to complement its strong frame. Edmunds reviewers find that the standard safety features on the GMC Acadia include "antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags and the OnStar communications system." In addition, ConsumerGuide 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 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." ConsumerGuide agrees, noting that the "high beltline in back makes the available rear obstacle detection and rearview camera worthwhile options."