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2011 Buick Lacrosse - Safety Review and Crash Test Ratings

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With top ratings from both test agencies and available rear side thorax airbags, the 2011 Buick LaCrosse is about as good as it gets with respect to safety.
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Expert Quotes:

'Good,' frontal offset, side, and rear impacts; 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick

Five stars overall; five stars side crash; five stars frontal crash

Our biggest complaint with the interior of the LaCrosse remains the outward visibility. The thick A-pillars make for very prominent blind-spots when turning or running down a curvy road.

Rear visibility, however, is compromised by the car's high rear deck and thick roof pillars.

Crash-test ratings have been phenomenally good for the Buick LaCrosse, and its combination of vaultlike construction, all the expected occupant-protection features, stable handling, and good outward visibility make the LaCrosse a top choice for shoppers who demand top safety.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests, the LaCrosse has earned top 'good' ratings in all categories—including frontal offset, rear, side, and even the new roof strength test. And in the federal government's NCAP program, the it's earned five-star ratings in frontal and side categories, as well as five stars overall. Electronic stability control, six airbags, and four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes are all standard, while an unusual (and welcome, for those who plan on putting adults in back) available safety feature is the available side thorax airbag system.

Also available for those who consider some additional investment in safety-tech well worth it are a blind-spot warning system and adaptive cornering headlamps that automatically help illuminate around dark corners. 


With top ratings from both test agencies and available rear side thorax airbags, the 2011 Buick LaCrosse is about as good as it gets with respect to safety.

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