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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