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2017 Buick LaCrosse Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Status

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The 2017 Buick LaCrosse was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

The Lacrosse’s optional automatic braking technology helped it earn a Superior rating in the front crash prevention test

Every single member of Buick’s 2017 model lineup has already earned the best possible safety rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but the LaCrosse sedan recently added to its impressive list of safety scores by picking up Top Safety Pick honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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To earn that prestigious honor, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse earned “Good” ratings in each of the IIHS’ five crash-worthiness tests. Those five evaluations are the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraint, and small overlap front crash tests.

The new Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan also earned a rating of “Superior” in the front crash prevention category when it’s equipped with the available front automatic braking and forward collision alert systems. In fact, when equipped with those two advanced safety systems, the new LaCrosse was able to completely avoid a collision in the 12 mph IIHS track test. In addition, the LaCrosse managed to reduce the impact speed by an average of 24 mph in the 25 mph IIHS test.

The only reason the 2017 Buick LaCrosse did not pick up the best possible IIHS rating of Top Safety Pick+ is because the sedan’s Xenon high-intensity-discharge projector beam headlights did not earn a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating. For 2017, vehicles must earn a “Good” or “Acceptable” score to get the coveted “+” distinction.

One Buick vehicle that did earn Top Safety Pick+ honors from the IIHS is the 2017 Buick Envision.

The company sold a total 2,187 Envisions SUVs and 1,307 Lacrosse sedans last month in the United States.

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Video: 2017 Buick LaCrosse Small Overlap IIHS Crash Test


After four years in The Marine Corp, Rod formed a career at Hatfield Buick GMC that has spanned more than 25 years. He is married to Lori, has one daughter, Staci, and two grandkids, Kimberlyn and Kaden. He’s an avid golfer and past president and active member of the Redlands Optimist Club.