The 2021 GMC Acadia performed well in a recent crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with the mid-size crossover receiving the best-possible rating of ‘Good’ in all of the organization’s crashworthiness evaluations.
With a rating of ‘Good’ across the board, the 2021 GMC Acadia received an expected overall safety rating of ‘Good’ from the IIHS, although it did not qualify for the coveted Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ awards, which are only given to vehicles the organization considers to be the among the safest on sale today.
The 2021 GMC Acadia missed out on the Top Safety Pick+ designation due to its headlights. The Acadia’s standard LED headlights received a rating of ‘Marginal’ due to inadequate visibility on road curves with both the high beam and low beam settings. The available upgraded LED lights, which come on SLE trims with the GMC Pro Safety Plus package and the SLT, AT4 and Denali trims, also received a rating of ‘Marginal’ due to inadequate visibility on road curves.
Without improved headlamps, the GMC Acadia will continue to fall short of the IIHS’ expectations for vehicles worthy of its Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ designations.
While its headlights fell short, the IIHS gave the Acadia’s available Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking and Optional Forward Collision Alert safety systems a best-possible rating of ‘Superior’. The system performed as designed in both 12 mph and 25 mph tests, effectively reducing vehicle speed and protecting vehicle occupants from a major front-end collision.
The 2022 GMC Acadia will receive a major safety improvement, as it will come standard with all the equipment that was previously offered in the optional Pro Safety Plus Package. This includes a wide variety of active safety tech, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking and Front and Rear Park Assist, among more.