2013 Buick Encore receives a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from NHTSA

Article by Christian A., on June 3, 2013

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.

Press Release

2013 Encore Receives IIHS, NHTSA Safety Accolades

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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