Redesigned for 2017 as the smaller and lighter model than the one it replaces, the ...
Redesigned for 2017 as the smaller and lighter model than the one it replaces, the GMC Acadia is no longer the full-size SUV. The change to mid-size crossover is welcome, though, and including the advances in safety technologies brought by the 2017 makeover.
It is not Top Safety Pick+, though. And, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2017 GMC Acadia is worthy of the Top Safety Pick rating.
The + didn’t make a cut due to the headlights. The IIHS tested three different headlight variations, as follows: HID projector lamps on a luxed-up Denali, halogen projectors with the high-beam assist on the SLT-2, and halogen projectors and without high-beam assist on the SLT-1. Care to guess which of the three variations was awarded the fewest points?
Yup, it’s a cheapo-lights that come as standard on the entry-level models. The SLT-1 and SLT-2 alike were rated poor, whereas a Denali and its HID projector lamps leveled up to marginal.
I know what you are thinking right now, but that’s how the cookie crumbles: without the acceptable or good headlight rating, the crashworthy vehicle can’t earn the institute’s coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating.
In every other noteworthy test, the 2017 GMC Acadia boasts good ratings.
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