The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the redesigned Buick LaCrosse a good rating in its small overlap front crash test, with the vehicle qualifying for a Top Safety Pick award.
The IIHS said the large car held up well in the test, which replicates what happens when the front driver-side corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole.
Maximum intrusion was four inches at the footrest. The airbags and safety belt worked reasonably well together. Measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
The 2017 LaCrosse also earned good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
The car earned a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with optional automatic braking. In the 12 mph IIHS track test, the car avoided a collision. In the 25 mph test, the impact speed was reduced by an average of 24 mph.
The Top Safety Pick award is given to vehicles that earn good ratings in the Institute’s five crashworthiness tests and have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.