Congrats are in order for the 2013 Buick Verano. After its first National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Verano can brag about its perfect Five-Star overall rating. The car received five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four out of five for the likelihood of rolling over.

The stellar results very closely match one of the Verano's closest competitors, the Acura ILX. That car also got an overall Five-Star rating but only four stars for frontal and rollover. General Motors bragged in a press release that the Verano has standard ABS, panic brake override, StabiliTrak, 10 standard airbags and a collapsible pedal system. NHTSA found the Verano's chances of rolling over at 11.3 percent, and if a rollover did occur, GM says the Verano's head curtain airbags would remain inflated longer to reduce injury.

The Verano's Five-Star rating completes the Buick lineup's Top Safety rating from both NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Read the full press release from GM below.
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2013 Verano Continues Buick Five-Star Safety Streak
Compact luxury sedan achieves highest possible ratings in NHTSA and IIHS crash tests

DETROIT – The Buick Verano compact luxury sedan recently received a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Earlier this year, Verano was named a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Since the beginning of the 2012 model year, every Buick passenger car tested has received these highest possible ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS.

"New car customers leaving a Buick dealership can drive away knowing they are in a vehicle with superior crash protection," said Gay Kent, GM General Director of Vehicle Safety. "The brand's long-running record of five-star overall vehicle scores and Top Safety Picks is a testament to our commitment to exceptional vehicle crash performance."

In achieving the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the Verano was tested under NHTSA's revised New Car Assessment Program. The overall score is based on frontal and side crash tests in addition to evaluation for rollover resistance. Under the rating system, performances in three test segments are combined mathematically into an "Overall Vehicle Score."

The Verano has 10 standard air bags and the security of OnStar, a combination unmatched by any competitor. In the event of a rollover crash, sensors in the vehicle deploy standard head curtain air bags prior to impact and leave them inflated for a longer period to provide additional protection.

Verano's advanced body structure is comprised of more than 60 percent high-strength steel that provides a protective safety cage around occupants. Other safety measures include standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, panic brake override, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, and a collapsible pedal system that reduces the risk of leg injury.

Every 2013 Verano comes with a standard Rear Vision Camera that displays a view from the car's rear bumper whenever the transmission is in reverse. Verano is available with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. These two technologies share a set of radar sensors hidden in the corners of the rear bumper that may help drivers avoid crashes when changing lanes or backing.

Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan, Regal sport sedan, Buick Verano sedan and the all-new 2013 Encore crossover. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick or at www.facebook.com/buick.


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        Will
        • 2 Years Ago
        Buick is very popular in China... The world's largest auto market. GM would kill Chevy before Buick.
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          @Will
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      ChaosphereIX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good car and the turbo is a hoot to drive.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      congratulations, GM and Buick! As a resident curmudgeon, it's amazing just how many safety features are packed into cars these days.
      redgpgtp97
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whether you like the design or not this is a well built car just like it's sister, the Cruise. Good job GM.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @redgpgtp97
        good job opel
          kontroll
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          why the F*ck does it matter moron...opel is GM for almost 90 years...without GM Opel woiuld not exist stupid....GM can do whatever the F**k they want with Opel: use them for platform development, engine, styling whatever, it is their perogative as the OWNER of OPEL So shut the F**k up already
          kontroll
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          Sorry...it's prerogative, I guess this is my intrinsic adaptation to the intelligence level of this forum
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @redgpgtp97
        The Cruze and Verano share the same platform, granted, but so does the Golf and the Audi TT. This car is an Opel Astra which styling tweaks.
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kind of looks like a transformer changing. I also love the blue. Good job GM as you are living up to the old Cadillac penalty of leadership ad of 1915 based on the comments posted here. Here is part of Cadillacs reply to Packard and I find it fitting for GM 97 years later. "When a man's work becomes a standard for the whole world, it also becomes a target for the shafts of the envious few. If his work be merely mediocre, he will be left severely alone - if he achieve a masterpiece, it will set a million tongues awagging. Jealousy does not protrude its forked tongue at the artist who produces a commonplace painting. Whatsoever you write, or paint, or play, or sing, or build, no one will strive to surpass, or to slander you, unless your work be stamped with the seal of genius. That which is good or great makes itself known, no matter how loud the clamor of denial. That which deserves to live - lives." Buick and GM must be on the right track or no one would be no one complaining.
        scott3
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        Generally people do not complain about crap cars if they are of no threat. The Buick is not the standard of the world but it so far has been rated better than an Acura. Jan Motor Trend. I see you missed the point here. By the way have you driven one? Have you even sat in one? Funny how those who hate the most have not even an informed opionion.
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Many buyers fixate on certain things when car shopping. For some it's fuel economy. Others performance. And some do care about overall safety. So if a shopper is torn between two very similar cars, something like this could sweeten the deal and get them to, for example, pick the Verano over the ILX. Although I can think of many other reasons to chose the Verano over the ILX. Well done Buick! I sat in the Verano recently and I think they did a great job with the interior. Especially at that price point.
        Julio B
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Not true, safety becomes a big deal when you have kids.
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        The story says the two tested similarly. How would one then choose this one over the ILX based on these tests? I like both cars, both are very well made and suit their target buyers.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      There I was thinking this was an enthusiasts site, yet the usual trolls, haters and other miscellaneous scum downgrade comments from people who like a car.
        Avinash Machado
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        There are quite a few GM bashers here.
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        @Dark Gnat
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      Jonas
      • 2 Years Ago
      As much as I hated to admit it to myself, after sitting in both a Regal GS and a Verano at a recent auto show I was impressed enough by the total package offered by the Verano turbo to put it on the list of cars I'm considering for purchase within the next year. This is coming from a guy who's been driving Fords for the last 15 years. Sure, you can piss and moan about the use of platforming across multiple vehicles (the Opel argument - 21st century competitive global car manufacturing says hello) and the sturm und drang of rebranding an aging badge, but ultimately this isn't your father's Buick. Does that mean I'm buying one? No - but the fact that it's on my radar is a huge step in the right direction.
        mikoprivat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonas
        hey MORON, why would you "hate to admit it"...you should hate to admit that you're probably driving a toyota or hunday..."hate to admit it" what a moron!!!
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      Mike Hunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Car companies can win all the safety awards they want. With the exception of the Volvo type crowd, the average consumer could care less what ratings a car earns as long as it's not universally panned in the press (i.e. Explorer, Audi years ago) - and most losers aren't. Cars are bought more on looks and appearances WAY before they are bought on safety ratings which (when I think about it) is how I wound up with my wife :)
        TheMainInsane
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Hunt
        I've always thought that was really stupid too. Should be on performance and functionality before appearance.
        henryhbk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Hunt
        Have been t-boned and walked away from it, I really am glad I insisted on top crash marks for my car. You're sadly right, since it has been demonstrated time and time again that consumers don't care about safety (until it bites them in the butt - then they sue).
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      ZOZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      The headlight is fine; that's funny!
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