It was a solid day of testing for General Motors’s (NYSE:GM) 2013 Buick Encore Wednesday, and the vehicle managed to come out on top, affording itself the impressive status as a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as reported by Autoblog.
As is the case with all IIHS assessments, the vehicle was tested in four main crash tests: Front Moderate Overlap, Side, Rollover, and Rear. The encore performed well in all four tests and achieved the highest rating of “Good.”
Had it received an “Acceptable” in the institute’s new Front Small Overlap test, it would have earned the Top Safety Pick+ designation. While it scored “Good” in all four original crash tests, it received a Poor rating in the new one.
With the Encore’s new impressive designation comes Buick’s ability to boast a full lineup with high scores from the IIHS, and also the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Its all-wheel drive Encore, Enclave, LaCrosse, Verano, and Regal have all scored five-star overall ratings from the safety rating organization. The Enclave, LaCrosse, Verano, and Regal are also all Top Safety Picks.
Buick’s only vehicle that didn’t earn the five-star rating, its front-wheel-drive Encore, earned four stars. Autoblog attributes this designation to the different safety equipment the two models offer.
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