The latest new model from Buick, the 2012 Buick Verano was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety which means that all of the models in Buick's lineup are now recipients of this prestigious award.
There are four tests that the IIHS puts new vehicles through, including high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover tests, and a rear impact test which evaluates the effectiveness of the seat/head restraints in preventing neck injuries. After the tests are completed, they will then rate each vehicle good, acceptable, marginal, or poor in each of the tests. To qualify for the award, vehicles must receive "good" ratings on all four tests without exception.
The Verano, which debuted this year, is a compact sedan that like most Buicks blurs the line between luxury and non-luxury cars, with a price to match. Safety features include 10 standard airbags, including two knee airbags, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and a collapsible pedal system which is designed to lower the risk of incurring a leg injury during a collision. GM also states that the Verano's body structure (frame) is made up of more than 60% high-strength steel.
The Verano joins the midsize Regal, the full-size LaCrosse, and the Enclave SUV as Top Safety Picks. Buick also offers six months of standard OnStar Advance Crash Response with the purchase of any new Buick.
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