Following the redesigns of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and 2017 GMC Acadia, the NHTSA found both vehicles to be lacking on the safety side of things just a smidge. Cars.com reports both the Acadia and Cruze have received four-star overall safety ratings compared to their predecessors’ five-star overall ratings.
The loss of crashworthiness is unknown at this time, as the NHTSA and General Motors have not commented on the matter. The 2017 Acadia and Cruze both retain five-star ratings for frontal collisions, but dropped to only four stars in the side impact testing and rollover crash scenarios. Previously, the compact Chevrolet and full-size Acadia earned perfect, five-star marks in each crash test.
It’s worth noting the Chevrolet Cruze did not received a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. The 2017 GMC Acadia was awarded a Top Safety Pick, but fell short of the “+”. Though, it is interesting to see both vehicles lag behind after substantial redesigns. The Chinese-built, 2017 Buick Envision, however, has received both a five-star overall rating and a Top Safety Pick+.