Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests nearly every make and model of vehicle on sale and issues ratings on their performance in several key areas. Some automakers perform extremely well, such as Volvo, with nine vehicles earning the award. Others aren’t quite as impressive, but four General Motors SUVs performed quite well in IIHS testing. General Motors announced two of them today: The Chevrolet Traverse earned a Top Safety Pick and the GMC Acadia saw solid crash test scores.
The IIHS Top Safety Pick designation is awarded to vehicles that earn Good ratings in all six crashworthiness categories. They must also be available with a front crash prevention system that meets the IIHS’ criteria for an Advanced or Superior rating in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests. At least one of the vehicle’s headlight configurations must be rated Good or Acceptable.
The Traverse isn’t the only Chevy to meet the Top Safety Pick Standard. The Equinox also took home the award, though like the Traverse, only with specific headlights. The only other GM vehicle to pick up a Top Safety Pick award in 2021 is the Cadillac XT6.
Though it didn’t earn an award, the Acadia performed well in crash tests. It was rated Good in six IIHS crashworthiness tests, but only a Marginal rating for its headlights. Its optional front vehicle-to-vehicle crash prevention systems earned either a Superior or Advanced rating, depending on the configuration.