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2015 Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax Named IIHS Top Safety Picks

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/10/2015 Kelly Pleskot
2015 Buick Encore IIHS Crash Test© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Buick Encore IIHS Crash Test

The Buick Encore and its newly introduced sibling, the Chevrolet Trax, have earned Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Encore failed to nab the award last year due to its lackluster performance in the small overlap test. But thanks to structural improvements made for the 2015 model year, the small CUV improved its rating from "Poor" to "Good" in the difficult category. IIHS found that this time around, the crash resulted in a low risk of injury to the driver, since the dummy's movements were well controlled and the side curtain airbags sufficiently covered the head.

2015 Buick Encore IIHS Crash Test© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Buick Encore IIHS Crash Test

Both models earn top scores in all other tests from IIHS, including moderate overlap front crashes, side crashes, roof strength, and head restraints. But neither SUV had the front crash prevention technology needed to score Top Safety Pick + status. The Encore scored "Basic" in front crash prevention for offering only forward collision warning, while the Trax has no such technologies.

Small SUVs that managed to achieve a Top Safety Pick + rating include the 2015 Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Subaru Forester. Besides the Encore and Trax, other SUVs that achieve the standard TSP rating include the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4.

Both the Encore and the Trax have also received high crash test ratings in government tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave both vehicles five stars overall, and four stars in rollover tests.

Related Link: Research the 2015 Buick Encore

Related Link: Research the 2015 Chevrolet Trax

Source: IIHS

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