The 2013 GMC Acadia remains one of the safest large family vehicles on the market, and the top-of-the-line Denali this year adds several noteworthy active-safety features.
Side Blind Zone and Rear Cross Traffic Alert have been added to the Denali's list of features for 2013. And that's on top of an already-robust list of standard features such as anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; front-seat side airbags, and curtain bags that reach to the third-row seat. OnStar, GM's telematics system, is included with six months of Directions and Connections service.
Especially of note for 2013 is a new front center air bag that deploys forward from the right side of the driver's seat, helping to prevent injuries in side-impact crashes--especially when multiple occupants are in the vehicle.
The Acadia includes a stout body structure, with some high-strength steel and a stiff crossbeam, and it's done extremely well in both the NHTSA and the IIHS safety tests. It's been an IIHS Top Safety Pick, with top ratings in all categories--including the roof strength test--while the federal government , The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives it an overall rating of five stars, with four stars for frontal impact five stars for side impact.
A rearview camera system is now standard on all Acadia models, and that's a good thing, as visibility for shorter drivers especially would otherwise be challenging during parking and driveway backing-up.