Buick Envision Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+, How It Did It
The Buick Envision, the first Chinese-built Buick that is being sold in the United States, is also the first Chinese-built automobile that the IIHS has tested and it passed with flying colors. The IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award is the highest safety rating any car can earn, and the Chinese-built Buick Envision is another vehicle that achieved this honor.
In order to achieve the + rating, the vehicle must come equipped with a forward collision warning system and perform "good" in every collision test. The Buick Envision is equipped with an automatic braking system in addition to the forward collision system.
Buick isn't the only car company that achieved this high rating. Acura, Audi, Chevrolet, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln, and Volvo are some of the other contenders that have achieved the Top Safety Pick+ award.
In a video of the crash test released by the IIHS, the Envision prevented any major intrusion into the cabin when it was hit in the small-overlap crash test. In the small-overlap crash test, the vehicle is projected at 40 MPH towards an immovable barrier. The front 25 percent of the vehicle is struck against this immovable barrier.
The Envision's score wasn't perfect, however. The organization did note that the crash dummy's head did not make contact with the front air bag in a significant way, and the seat belts didn't fasten quick enough in order to restrict movement as a seat belt should. Seat Belts should restrict movement, as were told they're the safest thing you can do to prevent injury in an accident.
The Buick Envision also received an "advanced" rating for the front automatic braking feature, while the standard forward collision warning system earned a "basic" rating. With the automatic braking feature, the Envision avoided a crash at 12MPH, and reduced the speed by 9MPH while the Envision was being tested going at 25MPH. From 25 to 16 is a significant difference and can really help in a crash.
It seems as though the Buick Envision is a very well built car and can withstand the trials and tribulations of the road. Despite the Envision being Chinese-built, it might be a little more well built than some other Chinese-built things.