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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal, side, and rear impact protection; 'good,' roof strength
Five stars overall
With both crash-test agencies reporting its scores, and new safety gear for the model year, the Buick Verano earns major kudos for passenger protection. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Verano five stars overall, with the same rating in all categories save for a four-star score in 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.Every Buick Verano comes with standard safety gear that's exceptional in the class. There are ten airbags (including knee airbags in front); anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; and a standard rearview camera.
The Verano also has standard OnStar with Automatic Crash Response, and a new opt-in service called FamilyLink that allows parents to see where their teenage drivers are at all times.Among the other available features on non-Turbo Veranos are rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts. The Turbo has rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitors standard. Forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems are now offered.
Finally, the issue of connectivity in cars has been addressed with IntelliLink, which uses an LCD touchscreen and Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls to give drivers a less distracting way to control audio, phone, and navigation while on the go. It's simpler in function than Ford's MyFord Touch, but has less functionality as well.
The Verano earns excellent crash-test scores, and adds new safety tech for 2014.