The Buick Envision earned the IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus safety rating after solid performance in every crash test.
The 2016 Buick Envision is the first Chinese-made model that’s for sale in the United States from one of Detroit’s Big Three automakers, but customers don’t need to worry about the its safety because the model now has a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To earn the honor, a 2016 model year vehicle needs to score Good ratings in all five evaluations and have a Superior or Advanced grade for the front crash prevention system.
In the challenging small-overlap front crash test (video above), the driver’s survival space maintained its shape well. However, the IIHS indicated, “the dummy's head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off to the left, and the seat belt allowed far too much forward movement of the dummy.” The sensors showed a low risk of injury, and the results were still good enough to get the agency's highest rating – Good.
With the optional front automatic braking, the Envision's crash prevention system receives an Advanced rating. The tech is able to avoid a collision from 12 miles per hour (19 kilometers per hour) and can slow the vehicle by 9 mph (14.5 kph) in a 25-mph (40-kph) accident. If the crossover only has the available forward collision alert system, IIHS gives the model a Basic rating because it can’t avoid an accident without driver intervention.
The 2016 Envision starts at $42,995 with destination or begins at $45,635 for the range-topping Premium II trim. Both come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 horsepower (186 kilowatts) and 260 pound-feet of torque (353 Newton-meters). The only available gearbox is a six-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. For 2017, customers can get the base model Envision for $34,990. These models use a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder with 197 hp (147 kW) and 192 lb-ft (269 Nm). Front-wheel drive comes standard, but all-wheel drive is an option for them.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Gallery: 2016 Buick Envision Crash Test
New Buick SUV earns highest award from IIHS
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Buick Envision, a new midsize SUV, qualifies for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Envision is the first Chinese-built vehicle that IIHS has tested as part of its consumer ratings. It earns good ratings across the board for crashworthiness and is available with Front Automatic Braking, an advanced-rated front crash prevention system. A different system, Forward Collision Alert, earns a basic rating.
Front Automatic Braking is optional for both 2016 and 2017 models. Forward Collision Alert is standard on all 2016 Envisions not equipped with autobrake but is optional on 2017 models.
In the IIHS 12 mph track test, the Envision with the autobrake system avoided a collision. In the 25 mph test, its impact speed was reduced by 9 mph. The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
To qualify for 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.