The 2016 GMC Acadia is one the safest vehicles you can buy at any price, and the upper-trim models are offered with several active safety technologies.
The Acadia has performed extremely well in both the federal and insurance-industry safety tests. The NHTSA gives it an overall rating of five stars, with five stars for frontal impact and five stars for side impact. It's very nearly perfect in their estimation, with only a four-star rating for rollover resistance keeping it from a perfect score.
It's been given "Good" scores in all tests performed by the IIHS, with top ratings in all categories, including the roof strength test. However, since there's been no small-overlap test—a crash that simulates running into a telephone pole or similarly sized offset—the Acadia isn't eligible for the IIHS' Top Safety Pick awards.
The Acadia's list of standard features includes curtain bags that reach to the third-row seat, a rearview camera, and GM's OnStar telematics system, which comes with six months of "Directions and Connections" service.
The Acadia and its Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse siblings are unique in offering a front-center airbag; it deploys forward from the right side of the driver's seat, helping to prevent injuries in side-impact crashes, including injuries incurred when front seat occupants bang into each other. The available active safety features are blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts, forward-collision alert, and lane-departure warning systems. Most of these features are standard on the Denali and available on lower line models.