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Lambdas get IIHS Top Pick rating

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Lambdas get IIHS Top Pick rating


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety took some GMC Acadias and smashed them up to see how the big crossovers hold up against immovable objects, and unlike recent tests conducted for the Chevy Equinox and Pontiac Torrent, the news is positive. An AWD Acadia SLE acted as a stand-in for all of the Lambda models - Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Saturn Outlook, and all Acadia trims included. It didn't matter whether the IIHS attacked the front, side, or rear – the CUV earned a "good" rating in all directions. With the standard fitment of Stabilitrak, the IIHS also bestowed a Top Safety Pick crown on GM's big haulers. The Lambas now have both a five-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick designator about which to brag.

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Good news... What happend to the Theta Equinox/Torrent?

It got a "marginal" rating, because the side structure didn't hold up.


On the upside, the Ford Escape and Jeep Patriot/Compass (when equipped with optional torso airbags) did well.

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ford = we'll add weight to every vehicle we sell, just to get high crash scores...

GM= we won't update anything for years......

Oh come on... Epsilon will only be around for 1 generation before major revisions... same with Delta. :)

Even though the W-platform & G-Platform are still around, both platforms have received several updates over the years.

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