The 2013 Buick Verano just passed its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collision testing with flying colors–a 5-star overall safety rating. This comes after the 2012 version of the car–the same exact vehicle, save for a new turbocharged engine option and six-speed manual transmission availability–earned Top Safety Pick honors in the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s evaluations earlier this year.
Part of the reason the Buick Verano does so well is that it’s built like a tank, with 60 percent of its body made of high-strength steel. It also weighs as much as some vehicles a class higher, partly attributable to its structure and partly to its long list of luxury items, such as massive amounts of sound deadening. The car also has 10 airbags, standard OnStar telematics that can sense when the car has been in an accident, a standard rear camera, and available cross-traffic alert system that can sense when cars are in your blindspot.
The 2013 Verano underwent testing in the NHTSA’s revised, tougher New Car Assessment Program that evaluates vehicles on front and side collisions as well as for rollover resistance. The Verano was not tested in the IIHS’s latest small front overlap test, as it was only instated at the end of summer.