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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset, side impact, rear protection; 'good,' side impact
Five stars Overall; five stars in Frontal Crash; five stars in Side Crash
All the safety goodies are present and accounted for
The 2014 Traverse offers some of the best crash-test scores of any vehicle sold in the U.S.; and it offers some unique-to-the-market occupant-protection technology.
Together with the closely related Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, the Traverse is one of the first vehicles on the market to offer a front center side airbag. Built into the driver's seat, the airbag system helps protect the driver (or the driver and front passenger) from certain types of side impacts.
Otherwise, standard safety features include parking sensors, a rearview camera system, hill start assist (to help you start safety on a steep incline), and head-curtain side bags with rollover mitigation technology. On LTZ models, the Traverse includes Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert—all features that may help you avoid an accident completely.
OnStar is also included in all Traverse models; it includes six months of Directions and Connections service, with Turn-by-Turn Navigation sent to the car by an operator, with no need to stop and input addresses. OnStar still includes Stolen Vehicle Assistance and an OnStar Mobile App for remote control of locking, engine starting, and remote viewing of vehicle information.
The Traverse carries on this model's reputation as one of the safest vehicles you can get. Although it hasn't been tested in the new small overlap frontal test, it earns top 'good' results in all other IIHS tests, as well as a five-star rating in frontal and side federal tests.
The camera system does help improve visibility when parking, but outward visibility, especially for changing lanes, hasn't been as great as we've tested in other crossover models.
A unique front center airbag is the finishing touch on a great safety set that this year includes more active-safety features--and the Traverse has the top-tier crash-test to match.