GMC Acadia Receives Five-Star Crash Test Rating

Acadia features a steel safety cage and six airbags along with a host of other safety systems.

Jim Hudson GMC, the premier GMC dealer in Columbia, SC, is thrilled to say that the 2011 GMC Acadia for sale in Columbia SC, already an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, has received a five-star crash test rating under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

Acadia was among the first vehicles tested under NHTSA’s new rating system, which was implemented for the 2011 model year. The new rating system is based on tougher frontal and side crash tests on top of rollover resistance testing. These three test conditions are combined mathematically to form an  “Overall Vehicle Score.” Acadia achieved an overall vehicle score of five stars under this testing regimen – the highest rating possible – even though several individual tests resulted in four-star ratings.

“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, General Motors executive director of vehicle safety.

Acadia contains multiple safety systems designed to help protect passengers before, during and after a crash. Standard safety-enhancing features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, six air bags and OnStar’s Automatic Crash Response system that can help get emergency responders to a crash scene quickly even if the driver is incapacitated.

A strong and well-designed vehicle structure is foundational for crashworthiness, while a wide stance and low center of gravity helps reduce the likelihood of a rollover. Acadia’s vehicle structure features several areas reinforced with high-strength steel. Six air bags inside Acadia include dual-stage front air bags for the driver and front passenger; two seat-mounted side-impact air bags in the front row; and two head curtain side-impact air bags that cover all three seating rows. The head curtain side air bags are among the longest air bags in any production vehicle.

Complementing the air bags is GM’s rollover sensing system, which can activate the side-impact air bags if sensors determine an imminent rollover. In a rollover, the air bags stay inflated longer to provide increased occupant protection.

The 2011 GMC Acadia is available today from Jim Hudson GMC in Columbia, South Carolina, which is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina.  For more information about the GMC Acadia or Jim Hudson GMC, visit their Columbia GMC Dealer website.

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