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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Top Safety Pick; 'good,' all categories
Five stars, overall; four stars, frontal; five stars, side (2012)
compromised outward visibility
Acadia's high belt line in back makes backing up tricky.
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.
The GMC Acadia is one of the safest picks in its class, and a new front center airbag and active-safety features step up its protection for 2013.