Although aimed at very different customers, GM’s three large crossovers—the elegant Buick Enclave, Professional Grade GMC Acadia and family-friendly Chevrolet Traverse—do have a lot in common. Spacious cabins, class-leading fuel efficiency, long lists of standard content and impressive driving dynamics are all in the mix, and now there’s something else: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently reported that all three had been named Top Safety Picks for 2011.
It’s an important third-party recognition that can have a big impact on the shopping process, and it’s only given to vehicles with both electronic stability control and the highest possible scores in IIHS evaluations of front, side, rear and rollover impact protection. And passing was tougher than ever this year, since the IIHS instituted new, more rigorous guidelines for roof-strength as part of its 2011 rollover testing.
Of course, it certainly helps that all three vehicles benefit from the General Motors 360-degree safety system, designed to help passengers before, during and after a crash. Key components of the system include:
A body structure that showcases not only the use of high-strength steel, but also dual-phase steel, which is strengthened in the paint oven to deliver easier formability, less weight, more strength and better crash-energy absorption than most traditional high-strength steel.
A comprehensive system of six standard air bags—two dual-stage frontal air bags, two seat-mounted pelvic-thorax side-impact airbags and two head-curtain side-impact air bags that protect all three rows—mated to GM’s rollover-sensing technology. This system can detect an imminent rollover situation and then tailor air-bag deployment and safety-belt tension for optimum protection.
A six-month subscription to OnStar’s Directions and Connections plan, offering Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation and more.
Which makes this three-of-a-kind honor a winning hand for today’s crossover customers.
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