The next GM product to get a five-star safety rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the 2014 Buick LaCrosse. It’s not a surprising result, seeing as the LaCrosse is based on the European Opel Insignia. But the American car gets a whole host of advanced safety features that help it achieve its safety goals.
The mid-size, mid-range sedan comes with standard cameras and radars to prevent a crash from happening. It’s got all the obstacle detection and warning systems you find in a range-topping European saloon, such as lane departure warning, blind spot monitor, forward collision alert, adaptive cruise control, pre-crash preparation, and…
The LaCrosse also features eight standard air bags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, all-speed traction control, and four-wheel disc brakes with Intelligent Brake Assist on the four-channel antilock brake system.
2014 Buick LaCrosse also gets GM’s innovative safety alert seat that vibrates the driver’s bottom if the car senses any impending danger. For some reason they think this is a better way of grabbing the driver’s attention than audible or visual warnings!
Here’s a list of high-tech safety gear available on the Buick LaCrosse:
- Safety Alert Seat – A patented General Motors’ technology, the driver’s seat works with many of the advanced safety features, providing seat vibration pulses indicating the direction of a potential crash threat.
- Automatic Collision Preparation – Radar technology detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver. If the system detects that the driver does not apply the brakes, this feature intervenes to automatically trigger the brakes in an effort to reduce crash damage.
- Forward Collision Alert – If the camera technology detects a possible crash threat, the system will send an alert.
- Full-speed-range Adaptive Cruise Control – Radar technology senses traffic in front of the LaCrosse to adjust vehicle speed, including bringing the vehicle to a complete stop and accelerating again upon driver request.
- Lane Departure Warning – A camera-based lane detection system can warn the driver of unsignaled lane changes. The camera, mounted near the inside rearview mirror, identifies lane markings, and provides alerts.
- Lane Change Alert – Under most driving conditions, the system helps to inform the driver of fast-approaching vehicles in the next lane that are up to 230 feet (70 meters) behind the car. The LaCrosse is one of the first vehicles to offer this technology.
- Side Blind Zone Alert – Using radar sensors on both sides of the vehicle, the system scans for other vehicles in the blind zone areas of the LaCrosse and under most driving conditions, indicates their presence with light-emitting diode, or LED-lit symbols in the outside mirrors.
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert – Based on the radar sensors of side blind zone alert, it can warn the driver of vehicles in traffic when backing out of a parking spot – including angled parking. Visual, and audible or available seat vibration alerts are triggered if moving vehicles are detected.
- Rear Vision Camera – In reverse, the camera provides a view of the area behind the LaCrosse, shown on the display in the center stack infotainment system.