After the Chevrolet Trax received a 5-star rating at the EuroNCAP crash test it was time to see what its sister model, the 2013 Buick Encore was capable. According to the official press release, the 2013 Encore luxury small crossover maintains company’s commitment to safety as it received a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
The Encore is not the only model that received this rating as the other Buick models Verano, Regal, LaCrosse and Enclave all have a NHTSA 5-star overall rating. For those who don’t know, the 2013 Buick Encore comes as standard with 10 airbags, Rear Vision Camera and the security of OnStar.
For those who don’t know, the 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.
Other safety features on the 2013 Encore include standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, panic brake override, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, and a collapsible pedal system which reduces the risk of leg injury.
Looking at the Buick Encore, the style can be best described as elegant and sculpted. This is in line with the global design language that Buick is well-known for. In addition, it also means that the new Encore can immediately be identified as a Buick, albeit a modern-day version of one. Various signature cues continue to be present like the surrounds and accents in chrome and the waterfall grille.
It even has the portholes on its hood as well as the painted lower panels, much like the Enclave. The projector-beam headlamps have a blue highlight and when combined with the detailed tail lamps, they enhance the already premium look. While the aluminum five-spoke 18-inch wheel is included as standard, offered as an option is a chrome seven-spoke version.
On the interior, the organic style can still be observed given how the flowing instrument panel manages to wrap the door panels in a natural way. The central instrument panel is now more pronounced and one can see here the voice-activated IntelliLink radio system and its full-color LCD display with a 7-inch screen. There is a host of features available like the rear camera system, navigation system, and the SiriusXM satellite radio, among others.
Executive Director of Design David Lyon said that with the Encore, Buick is introducing to the crossover segment the timeless sculptural design. For this particular design, he added, it manages to combine utility, efficiency, and elegance. He continued by saying that its athletic stance shows confidence with the elemental beauty revealing rich details.