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2013 Buick LaCrosse

large car / 4-door sedan

2013 Buick LaCrosse 4-door sedan
2010 Buick LaCrosse shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection

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.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2010-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Buick LaCrosse CX 4-door

The Buick LaCrosse was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0903
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 7
Center (cm) 11
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0903
Head
HIC-15 160
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.9
Femur force - right (kN) 0.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.46
Maximum tibia index - right 0.53
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 50
Right 76

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2010-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Buick LaCrosse CX 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Buick LaCrosse was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, side torso airbags became standard for rear seat occupants (they were optional in 2010-13 models). The car tested was a 2010 model without the option.

Rating applies to 2010-13 models

Tested vehicle:2010 Buick LaCrosse CX 4-door

The Buick LaCrosse was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, side torso airbags became standard for rear seat occupants (they were optional in 2010-13 models). The car tested was a 2010 model without the option.

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 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 CES0923
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -15.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0923
Head HIC-15 180
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 31
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 23
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.54
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.23
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.3
Combined force (kN) 3.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 58
A-P moment (Nm) -31

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0923
Head HIC-15 211
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.0
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 34
Lateral force (kN) 0.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.31
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7
Combined force (kN) 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 102
A-P moment (Nm) -51

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2010-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Buick LaCrosse CXL 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,998 lbs
Peak force 19,571 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.90

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-13 models

Seat type: Power seats with lumbar

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power seats with lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm) 2
Distance below top of head (mm) 16
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.4
Head contact time (ms) 56
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 108

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted