After already claiming its spot as a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the refreshed 2013 Buick Enclave has now picked up the country’s other premier prize for occupant protection: A five-star overall vehicle score in the New Car Assessment Program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
An important enabler of this achievement: The 2013 Buick Enclave’s industry-first front-center airbag. Deploying from the inboard side of the driver’s seat, this unit provides additional protection to front-row passengers in certain side-impact crash scenarios. Of course, as is the case with many of today’s premium vehicles, that kind of advanced technology is just a small part of a comprehensive suite of safety measures offered on the 2013 Buick Enclave, including:
- Radar-based side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alerts
- Head-curtain side airbags that provide enhanced coverage for all three rows
- GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, with full-function traction control and rollover-mitigation technology
- Standard electronic safety measures like a rearview camera, hill-start assist, a tire-pressure-monitoring system, and the OnStar telematics platform (with automatic crash notification)
“Safety is a key consideration for all car buyers, and particularly when it comes to family-oriented luxury vehicles,” said Gay Kent, GM general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “The Enclave is designed to provide excellent crash safety, and goes one step further by offering a front center air bag—an industry first in crash protection.”
The 2013 Buick Enclave is available now, with an MSRP that begins at $38,445.