GMC Acadia Safety Features Fishers IN

GMC Acadia Safety Features Fishers IN

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2017-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 GMC Acadia SLT1 4-door 4wd

The GMC Acadia was redesigned for the 2017 model year. It is smaller and lighter than the earlier design and therefore is now classified as a midsize SUV.

The earlier design remained in production for only the 2017 model year, available new only to fleet buyers, and was called the GMC Acadia Limited. The ratings on this page do not apply to the Acadia Limited.

These ratings also apply to the Cadillac XT6, a midsize luxury SUV introduced in the 2020 model year.

Overall evaluation


Structure and safety cage


Driver injury measures






Lower leg/foot


Driver restraints and dummy kinematics


Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

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

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver’s space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy’s legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side Test ID CEN1628 Lower occupant compartment Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 3 Footrest (cm) 3 Left toepan (cm) 2 Brake pedal (cm) 2 Parking brake (cm) Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2 Upper occupant compartment Steering column Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2 Upper dash (cm) 2 Lower instrument panel (cm) 1 Driver injury measures Test ID CEN1628 Head HIC-15 176 Peak gs at hard contact no contact Neck Tension (kN) 0.6 Extension bending moment (Nm) 14 Maximum Nij 0.16 Chest maximum compression (mm) 19 Femur (kN) Left 0.2 Right 0.1 Knee displacement (mm) Left Right 1 Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%) Left Right Maximum tibia index Left 0.59 Right 0.48 Tibia axial force (kN) Left 0.9 Right 0.9 Foot acceleration (g) Left 43 Right 70

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted


2021 GMC Acadia: Passive Safety Features

If you ever find yourself in an emergency situation, though, the 2021 GMC Acadia is built to protect you and your passengers. This SUV comes standard with an advanced airbag system that includes the following features throughout the cabin:

  • Frontal airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Knee airbag for driver
  • Driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact airbag
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Head-curtain airbags for all rows in outboard seating positions

With these systems in place, you can feel confident that the GMC Acadia is built to keep everyone safe, no matter where they’re seated in the cabin.

Additionally, this SUV comes standard with OnStar® and GMC Connected Services. These features allow you to easily notify someone in the case of an emergency or when you need extra assistance on the road.

Head restraints seats

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation


Dynamic rating


Seat/head restraint geometry


Technical measurements for this test Seat type Power leather seat Geometry Backset (mm) 20 Distance below top of head (mm) 45 Seat design parameters Pass/fail Pass Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.9 Head contact time (ms) 58 Force rating 1 Neck forces Max neck shear force (N) 30 Max neck tension (N) 433

How the head restraint & seat test is conductedCurrently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates the front-drive version with the turbo four-cylinder engine will earn 22 mpg city and 29 highway. The V-6 with front-wheel drive has estimates of 19 mpg city and 27 highway. However, we haven’t tested an Acadia with the nine-speed automatic transmission on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test. For more information about the Acadia’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Infotainment and Connectivity

When it comes to technology, the Acadia offers plenty for the whole family. From an abundance of USB ports to a Wi-Fi hotspot, passengers can easily stay connected. The touchscreen infotainment system is intuitive and responsive. Charging more than one device that requires a 12-volt outlet may prove a challenge, as only one of those outlets is provided.

Recommended Safety Technologies

These features have been either verified by NHTSA or reported by the vehicle manufacturers as meeting NHTSA’s performance criteria.

Learn about safety technology

The 2021 GMC Acadia is safe, but lacks good headlights

The 2021 GMC Acadia gets good ratings in all of the crashworthiness categories. These include the small overlap front: driver side ratings. The small overlap on the driver side test simulates how well a car does when the front left corner of the vehicle strikes something like another car or a tree or utility pole. This test is important in part because it measures how well the vehicle’s airbags and seatbelts do. All subcategories get a good rating within the small overlap front on the driver side as well. 

The moderate overlap test also gets good ratings, though the lower leg/foot subcategory within driver injury measures only gets a marginal rating. The moderate overlap test simulates how well a car traveling at 40 mph toward a two-foot tall honeycomb aluminum barrier. Forty percent of the width of the vehicle collides with the honeycomb barrier on the left side. This test measures what it would be like if two vehicles of the same weight collide at under 40 mph.  

Unfortunately, the headlights get a marginal rating on all trim levels. That means that there isn’t an Acadia that you can buy with good headlights. Unfortunately, this means that the 2021 GMC Acadia isn’t as safe as it could be. 

See the GMC Acadia Safety Features in Person

If you’ve been looking to learn more about this SUV’s commitment to passenger safety, we hope this 2021 GMC Acadia safety features review is helpful for you. To learn more about this vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Andy Mohr Buick GMC today!

When you want to see the GMC Acadia in person, stop by our dealership. We’ll show you this SUV’s safety features up close and you can take it for a test drive around the Fishers, Indianapolis, and Noblesville, IN, areas.


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