2016 Buick LaCrosse

large car / 4-door sedan

2016 Buick LaCrosse 4-door sedan
2014 Buick LaCrosse shown

Crashworthiness

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

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Optional system
Advanced
Optional system
Basic

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

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

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
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver 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 2014-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Buick LaCrosse 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear 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). Also, the front door trim was modified.

Two tests of the LaCrosse were conducted, one of a 2010 model (without the then-optional rear side torso airbags) by the Institute and the other a 2014 model by General Motors as part of side crash test verification. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structure ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

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
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0923 VTS1318
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -15.5 -15.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1318
Head HIC-15 296
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 35
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 48
Average deflection (mm) 36
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.84
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.74
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.7
Combined force (kN) 5.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 20
A-P moment (Nm) 65

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1318
Head HIC-15 69
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 12
Lateral force (kN) 0.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 19
Average deflection (mm) 15
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.53
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.21
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.1
Combined force (kN) 3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)
L-M moment (Nm) 47
A-P moment (Nm) 99

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

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) 5
Distance below top of head (mm) 16
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 14.5
Head contact time (ms) 48
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 12
Max neck tension (N) 174

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

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

System details

  • Optional Automatic Collision Preparation

Package name

  • Optional Driver Confidence Package #2

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2014-16 models

Advanced
Advanced
with optional equipment
  • 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.

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Alert

Package name

  • Optional Driver Confidence Package #1

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2014-16 models

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

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Leather
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, a single lower anchor and the ability to borrow the second anchor from another position.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Leather
Seat type leather
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
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
1 dedicated anchor and 1 that can be borrowed from seat 3
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not 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) 18
Clearance angle (degrees) 65
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 28
Clearance angle (degrees) 63
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 31
Clearance angle (degrees) 57
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
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) 23
Clearance angle (degrees) 62
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 21
Clearance angle (degrees) 51
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated