After being crushed from every which way and rolled over like a labrador, the 2013 Buick Encore has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To earn the accolade, a vehicle must achieve the highest rating of "Good" in each of the institute's four main crash tests: Front Moderate Overlap, Side, Rollover and Rear. The Encore aced those four tests with "Good" ratings, but missed out on the coveted Top Safety Pick+ designation by receiving a Poor rating in the institute's new Front Small Overlap test. To be named a Top Safety Pick+, the Encore would need to score at least an "Acceptable" rating in the new test, as well as "Good" in all four original crash tests.

Despite the miss, the Encore joins the Enclave, LaCrosse, Verano and Regal as Top Safety Picks all. If you count only the Encore with all-wheel drive, then all five Buicks have also earned five-star overall ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration, making Buick one of the few manufacturers to offer a full lineup with high scores from both safety rating organizations.

The front-wheel-drive Encore, despite performing equally as well as the all-wheel-drive version in NHTSA's crash tests, only earned four stars overall. As far as we can tell, the discrepancy between the two is because some safety equipment, like Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Assist, are optional features on the FWD Encore and standard on the AWD model.
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2013 Encore Receives IIHS, NHTSA Safety Accolades
All five models in luxury brand's showroom now share IIHS Top Safety Pick designation

DETROIT – The 2013 Encore luxury small crossover brings a smaller footprint and high efficiency to the Buick showroom, but the brand's newest model maintains the commitment to safety, joining all other current Buicks as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Top Safety Pick. The Encore with all-wheel drive also received a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

With every model sharing the IIHS designation, Buick is one of just a few brands with a full line of 2013 Top Safety Picks. The Verano, Regal, LaCrosse and Enclave all have a NHTSA 5-star overall rating.

The IIHS tests vehicles to determine occupant protection in front, side, and rollover crashes, and specifically tests seats and head restraints for neck protection in rear impact crashes. To earn a 2013 Top Safety Pick designation, a vehicle must be rated "good" in all four tests.

NHTSA tests for its 5-star safety ratings program include front, side and rollover testing, along with a side pole test simulating a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver's side.

The Encore has 10 standard air bags, a standard Rear Vision Camera and the security of OnStar – a combination unmatched by any competitor. In a rollover crash, sensors in the vehicle deploy standard head curtain air bags prior to impact and leave them inflated for an extended period.

Encore'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.

Available active safety features for the 2013 Encore include Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, a pair of technologies that use a single forward-looking camera to read traffic patterns and lane markers on the road ahead. Visual warnings and audible tones alert the driver to unsignalled lane changes or a slowed vehicle.

"Safety is a top priority in Buick's product renaissance, as evidenced by receiving these latest safety accolades for Encore," said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety. "Our customers can have confidence in the safety performance of every Buick for sale today."


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      ANDREW
      • 1 Year Ago
      thats great,just not in love with this door stop looking vehical...dont care for it as an Opel,a Cheverolet and certainly not a Buick...couldnt they have done a variation of the Terrain/Equinox??
      hollowalls
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least the profit, research, design costs, overhead etc. stays in The USA when GM sells a Buick.
      Brutal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm driving a loaded 2005 Rainier. Gas mileage sucks but it is a pretty nice ride. Truth is Buick is simply an upscale Chevrolet and I am sure it is not upscale enough to justify the extra cost. As it has always been, if you drive a Buick your status is halfway between a Chevy driver and a Cadillac driver ... LOL.
      catsarecooool
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a b. s. report
      BULLFROG62
      • 1 Year Ago
      i have a 95 buick roadmaster best car i ever owend
        karmarind
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BULLFROG62
        The only car you have ever owned by chance..lol
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BULLFROG62
        I had a 1957 Buick Roadmaster, The ONLY problem I had was the air conditioning. Beautiful car.
      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw one of these at the dealer recently, and surprisingly it has more passenger & cargo room than you'd expect for such a small vehicle.
      wja5angelus
      • 1 Year Ago
      I own a 2011 Lacrosse CXS. It is the best car all around I have ever owned. I have had zero problems with it. It feels like a giant sport car and handles perfectly. Buick may have screwed up in the past but I definitely feel GM realizes they now have no room for major mistakes. Anyone who will not look at an american built car now is totally brain washed that all US manufacturers make poor products which is not the case today.
      Howeird
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the late 40's, Buick had a slogan, "When better cars are built, Buick will build them."
        Domenic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Howeird
        When better automobiles are built, Buick will build them
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nobody will ever buy one, so it will have the cleanest safety record of all time!
      Roman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Strange how odd it looks in pictures. I've sat inside it at the NY AutoShow, the shape looked much nicer, and interior is much better than CRV, Rav4, or even X1, but below Benz GLK, plus it felt like full size SUV. Still looks better than CRV or RAV4
        The Friendly Grizzly
        @Roman
        Careful what you praise, Roman, You got 6 downrates when I read your comment. You have committed the crime of praising a Buick.
      charles
      • 1 Year Ago
      despite being hideously ugly.
      • 1 Year Ago
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