Top Safety Pick

2012 GMC Acadia

large SUV / 4-door SUV

2012 GMC Acadia 4-door SUV
2011 GMC Acadia shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2007-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 GMC Acadia SLE 4-door 4wd

The GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook were introduced in the 2007 model year. The Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse were introduced in the 2008 and 2009 model years, respectively. The Outlook was discontinued after the 2009 model year.

For the 2017 model year, the Acadia large SUV was renamed the Acadia Limited and sold when new only to fleets. The Acadia Limited shares no ratings with the 2017-18 GMC Acadia, redesigned for 2017, and the 2018 Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, redesigned for 2018. All three current models are now midsize SUVs.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the side curtain airbag during rebound.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Side

Rating applies to 2007-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 GMC Acadia SLE 4-door 4wd with standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook were introduced in the 2007 model year. The Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse were introduced in the 2008 and 2009 model years, respectively. The Outlook was discontinued after the 2009 model year.

For the 2017 model year, the Acadia large SUV was renamed the Acadia Limited and sold when new only to fleets. The Acadia Limited shares no ratings with the 2017-18 GMC Acadia, redesigned for 2017, and the 2018 Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, redesigned for 2018. All three current models are now midsize SUVs.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-16 models built after January 2011

Tested vehicle: 2011 GMC Acadia SLT 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,973 lbs
Peak force 19,898 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.00

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2008-12 models built after March 2008

Seat type: Manual-power cloth seats built after March 2008

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry