New Buick SUV earns highest award from IIHS

September 27, 2016

The Buick Envision, a new midsize SUV, qualifies for the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Envision is the first Chinese-built vehicle that IIHS has tested as part of its consumer ratings. It earns good ratings across the board for crashworthiness and is available with Front Automatic Braking, an advanced-rated front crash prevention system. A different system, Forward Collision Alert, earns a basic rating.

Front Automatic Braking is optional for both 2016 and 2017 models. Forward Collision Alert is standard on all 2016 Envisions not equipped with autobrake but is optional on 2017 models.

In the IIHS 12 mph track test, the Envision with the autobrake system avoided a collision. In the 25 mph test, its impact speed was reduced by 9 mph. The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for 2016 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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