2011 GMC Acadia Gets Five Star Rating
Yet, the advancement in technology is proving to have been worth the investment, as most of the cars tested until now achieved a five star rating. So it happened with GMC's Acadia, who managed to pass with flying colors the excruciating exams it has been subjected to by the NHTSA.
Following the crash tests it has been found that the Acadia safety systems, including the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, six air bags and OnStar’s Automatic Crash Response system, work as they should. The car performs great as well, providing good protection for the occupants during a crash.
“Earning five stars under the new rating system is an impressive feat – one that clearly demonstrates the strength of Acadia’s advanced structure, overall crashworthiness and effectiveness of its state-of-the-art safety technologies,” said Jeff Boyer, GM executive director of vehicle safety.
Ironically though, the American manufacturer announced in August this year it will be recalling 243,403 of its vehicles, including the Acadia, for a potential problem with the second-row safety belts.
The new rating system devised by the NHTSA will subject cars to tests in three broad areas – frontal crash, side crash, and rollover resistance.
A so called Overall Vehicle Score for each vehicle tested was added, which combines the results of a frontal crash test, side crash tests and rollover resistance tests and compares those results to the average risk of injury and potential for vehicle rollover of other vehicles.