LaCrosse Gives Buick 2017 Safety Sweep

17Buick_LaCrosse_FD_JB_16.jpg 2017 Buick LaCrosse | photo by Joe Bruzek

CARS.COM — Six cars. Thirty stars. Buick today was celebrating a perfect run for its 2017 lineup, with each of its six models having received a five-star overall crashworthiness score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The winning stroke came courtesy of the 2017 LaCrosse, the brand’s redesigned flagship sedan.

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Both the front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the LaCrosse earned not only a five-star overall score but also a perfect five in each of the three test categories — these include evaluations for frontal, side and rollover crashes. Among the LaCrosse’s advanced safety systems noted by NHTSA, a backup camera comes standard while forward collision and lane departure warning systems are optional.

Buick noted that the LaCrosse benefited from the use of stronger, lighter, press-hardened and high-strength steel in its construction, as well as innovative new technology debuting on the sedan.

“The all-new LaCrosse is the first Buick to offer Front Pedestrian Braking, helping to provide peace of mind for those inside the car and enhanced safety for those outside of the car,” the automaker said in a statement.

While the outgoing LaCrosse also received a five-star overall score, the redesigned sedan still managed to improve its crash performance. The 2017 version received five stars for rollover crashes compared with the 2016 version’s four stars.

Among 2017 competitors, the LaCrosse is crashworthiness king. The Chrysler 300 managed only a four-star overall score, with four stars for frontal and rollover crashes. Meanwhile, both the Lexus ES350 and Toyota Avalon earned a five-star overall score, but only four stars in the frontal and rollover categories.

With its perfect safety score, the LaCrosse joins in NHTSA’s five-star safety club Buick’s Cascada convertible; Enclave, Encore and Envision SUVs; and Regal sedan. The LaCrosse has not yet been fully tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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