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2016 GMC TERRAIN NAMED IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK

When it comes to picking a family-oriented small SUV, passenger safety is an important concern. When equipped with the available Forward Collision Warning system, the 2016 GMC Terrain is named a “2016 Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

 

When it comes to picking a family-oriented small SUV, passenger safety is an important concern. When equipped with the available Forward Collision Warning system, the 2016 GMC Terrain is named a “2016 Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

To earn a 2016 Top Safety Pick designation, a vehicle must receive “good” ratings in five different crashworthiness tests conducted by IIHS. Tests performed include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, and side-impact collisions, along with roof strength and head restraint tests. Vehicles eligible to be named a 2016 Top Safety Pick must also receive a “Basic” rating for performance of a front crash protection system.

IIHS’ requirements for earning a Top Safety Pick designation intensified for 2016. Previously, a vehicle needed to attain “good” ratings for moderate overlap front, side impact, roof structure and headrest tests, and either an “acceptable” or “good” small overlap rating. For 2016, IIHS requires vehicles to receive “good” ratings in all categories, including small overlap, and also have a front crash prevention system with a “Basic” rating before they can be named a 2016 Top Safety Pick.

According to the IIHS, the 2016 Terrain received “good” ratings for all five tests, as it has ever since the SUV was first subjected to IIHS’ small overlap front impact test three years ago.

The 2016 Terrain offers a comprehensive suite of standard and available safety features designed to keep occupants safe. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags1 (including head curtain and front side-impact airbags), four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction control, and Stabilitrak. A rear-vision camera, which helps the driver identify obstacles behind the vehicle, is also standard.

The Driver Alert Package, available on the Terrain SLE-2, Terrain SLT, and standard on Terrain Denali, includes Side Blind Zone Alert, which warns the driver of traffic in their blind spots, along with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which notifies the driver of oncoming vehicles when reversing out of a parking spot.

Also available on Terrain SLE-2, Terrain SLT, and standard on Terrain Denali is the Driver Alert Package 2, which supplements those features with Forward Collision Alert, which provides an audible and visual alert if the vehicle is rapidly approaching other traffic. The Driver Alert Package 2 also includes Lane Departure Warning, which provides a warning if the vehicle wanders from its present lane without using a turn signal.

Note: Safety features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important safety information.