How well does the 2011 Buick LaCrosse perform in a collision? Fairly well, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, the agency recently bestowed its five-star safety rating on the midsize luxury sedan.
NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) was recently revised for 2011, and now incorporates increasingly stringent guidelines, new tests (a pole impact test, for instance, is now required), and evaluates various safety and stability programs. The LaCrosse’s five-star overall score was achieved after it earned five-star ratings for front and side impacts, along with a four-star rating for rollover prevention.
“Car buyers today want the peace of mind that comes with buying a vehicle they know will help protect their family,” said Tony DiSalle, president of Buick marketing. “This five-star overall vehicle score for safety shows Buick can equip an affordable luxury midsize sedan with top safety features.”
Safety equipment found on the Lacrosse helping it secure the honor include blind-spot monitoring, advanced safety belts with dual pretensioners, backup camera, and airbags including side-curtain protection, not to mention the several features found within OnStar.
Few vehicles have yet to be tested under NHTSA’s 2011 NCAP standards, but even fewer midsize sedans have thus far walked away with a five-star overall score. Other four-door recipients of the five-star overall rating include the 2011 BMW 5 Series, Kia Optima, Honda Accord, and Hyundai Sonata. Thus far, Buick’s lineup now includes two models to attain five-star scores, as the 2011 Enclave crossover was given a five-star overall rating by the agency late last year.