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2016 Buick Envision

midsize luxury SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention

2016 Buick Envision 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Advanced
Standard system
Basic

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Standard blind spot detection
  • Standard lane departure warning
  • Standard lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Buick Envision Premium I 4-door 4wd

The Buick Envision was introduced in the 2016 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso to the extent the head hit the steering wheel rim. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right, and the seat belt allowed far too much forward movement of the dummy.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1626
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 12
Footrest (cm) 6
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Upper dash (cm) 7
Lower instrument panel (cm) 7

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1626
Head
HIC-15 116
Peak gs at hard contact 54
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 41
Maximum Nij 0.37
Chest maximum compression (mm) 20
Femur (kN)
Left 2.1
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 5
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.64
Right 0.38
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.9
Right 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 75
Right 44

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Buick Envision Premium I 4-door 4wd

The Buick Envision was introduced in the 2016 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the moderate overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the frontal and side curtain airbags during forward movement.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1609
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 13
Center (cm) 12
Right (cm) 12
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1609
Head
HIC-15 164
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 5
Maximum Nij 0.34
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.5
Femur force - right (kN) 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.79
Maximum tibia index - right 0.42
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 60
Right 90

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Buick Envision Premium II 4-door 4wd

The Buick Envision was introduced in the 2016 model year.

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle:2016 Buick Envision Premium II 4-door 4wd

The Buick Envision was introduced in the 2016 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1612
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -21.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1612
Head HIC-15 105
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 35
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 35
Average deflection (mm) 32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.67
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.69
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.9
Combined force (kN) 1.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 101
A-P moment (Nm) 29

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1612
Head HIC-15 77
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 16
Lateral force (kN) 0.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 21
Average deflection (mm) 19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 1.38
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.15
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.6
Combined force (kN) 2.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 92
A-P moment (Nm) 30

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Buick Envision Premium II 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,055 lbs
Peak force 18,843 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.65

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 16
Distance below top of head (mm) 17
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.1
Head contact time (ms) 54
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 9
Max neck tension (N) 380

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

Ratings are given for 2 different trim variations available on this vehicle.

System details

  • Optional Forward Automatic Braking

Package name

  • Optional Driver Confidence Package

Applies to 2016-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 9 mph.
Advanced
Advanced
with optional equipment

System details

  • Standard Forward Collision Alert

Applies to 2016 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • Autobrake not available.
Basic
Basic

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Premium II trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and fair on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on the gradual left curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Premium II trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 83.5 m None
Straightaway left edge 68.6 m None
250m radius right curve, left edge 82.8 m 51.9 %
250m radius left curve, right edge 62.4 m 3.3 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 70.9 m 31.0 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 68.1 m 14.3 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 106.3 m
Straightaway left edge 103.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 85.4 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 90.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 69.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 73.4 m

Trim level(s)

  • Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 106.5 m 132.8 %
Straightaway left edge 60.2 m 132.8 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 46.4 m 30.8 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 45.9 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 34.3 m 71.6 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 38.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 118.8 m
Straightaway left edge 84.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 46.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 34.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 38.3 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Premium II
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) could not measure
Clearance angle (degrees) 80
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) could not measure
Clearance angle (degrees) 81
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) could not measure
Clearance angle (degrees) 83
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) could not measure
Clearance angle (degrees) 82
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated