2014 Buick Verano Safety

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With both federal and independent crash-test agencies reporting its scores, and the availability of additional safety gear this year, the Verano earns  kudos for passenger protection. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) scores the Verano at five stars overall, with the same rating forn all categories aside from a four-star score for its rollover resistance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has returned all the "good" scores earned by the Verano last year. However, it hasn't performed its new small-overlap crash test on the Verano yet, which means the compact Buick sedan no longer qualifies for the best Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ ratings.

The Verano earns excellent crash-test scores, and adds new safety tech for 2014.

Every Buick Verano comes with standard safety gear that's exceptional for its size and price point. Included are ten airbags (including knee airbags up front); anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; and a standard rearview camera. The Verano  includes standard OnStar with Automatic Crash Response, and an opt-in service called FamilyLink that lets parents to see where  young drivers are on a map.

Among the other available features on non-Turbo Veranos are rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitors with audible cross-traffic alerts. The Turbo includes rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitors standard. Forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems are now offered.Buick's IntelliLink connectivity includes a touchscreen, Bluetooth, and steering wheel controls to reduce distraction. It's not as functional as Ford's MyFord Touch, but the Buick system is far easier to operate.

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