The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just given the Top Safety Pick award to the 2011 Buick Regal.
The Regal joins the Buick LaCrosse, Audi A4, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Hyundai Genesis, and many others as Top Safety Picks for 2010.
Like the Ford Fiesta given the award last week, all Top Safety Picks must have good ratings in the front, side, rear, and roof strength tests. Electronic stability control must also be available.
“The Buick Regal is not only catching the attention of consumers with its design and responsive driving performance but also by being a leader in its class for safety,” said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick Marketing. “The IIHS Top Safety Pick Award acknowledges our commitment to offering our customers great safety systems that enhance their driving experience.”
In the roof strength test, the Regal withstood a force equivalent to about five times its weight; the federal standard is one-and-a-half times the vehicle’s weight.
Now that the Regal has passed the IIHS’ safety crash tests, does that change how likely you are to consider the Buick?
Source: IIHS, GM