Monday, April 25, 2011

Columbia Loves Five-Star Crash Test Rated Buick LaCrosse

Today, Buick announced that the 2011 Buick LaCrosse has received a five-star safety rating from the federal government's crash testing regimen. The NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program has become more stringent starting with 2011 models, incorporating more information on technologies that help avoid accidents and the performance of safety features. With a five-star overall rating in both Overall Front Crash and Overall Side Crash, Buick LaCrosse is one of the safest options among luxury midsize sedans.

Beyond LaCrosse's body-frame integral structure uses high-strength steel in strategic places to protect all passengers in the event of an accident. In addition, six airbags come as standard equipment: the standard front airbags for the driver and front passenger, two side airbags in the driver and front passenger seat that deploy in a side impact to protect the torso, and two side curtain airbags that protect the heads of passengers in the outboard seats on both rows. For additional protection, side torso airbags are available for rear-seat passengers as well.

In addition, the Buick LaCrosse in Columbia SC features a host of other safety features designed to reduce the chances of getting into an accident in the first place. An available heads-up display projects critical instruments onto the windshield, allowing you to see them without taking your eyes off the road. In addition, LaCrosse's side blind zone alert system uses radar to alert you to drivers that may be in your blind spot for an additional degree of reassurance beyond your mirrors and checking over your shoulder. This combination of safety features isn't available on the Acura TL in Columbia SC.

Should you find yourself in an accident, know that the Buick LaCrosse is there to help you using OnStar's Automatic Crash Response system. When the system detects you've been in an accident, either because the airbags deployed or because of violent movements of the car, it will attempt to send an alert to OnStar to connect you with a specially-trained OnStar advisor that can summon local emergency services and relay critical information about the nature of the accident to them. OnStar service with turn-by-turn navigation comes standard on every new Buick LaCrosse for six months.

Of course, many Columbia drivers love Buick because it's never one to rest on its laurels. LaCrosse gets even better for 2012 with the introduction of the eAssist system on the four-cylinder model. LaCrosse with eAssist combines the efficient 2.4L four-cylinder engine with a 15-horsepower electric motor to improve acceleration and fuel efficiency. With estimated highway fuel economy of 37 miles per gallon, this LaCrosse with mild hybrid technology is sure to be a hit among Columbia drivers when it arrives later this year.

The 2011 Buick LaCrosse is available now from Jim Hudson Buick in Columbia, South Carolina, South Carolina's #1 Buick dealership. Jim Hudson has over 30 years of experience serving the midlands of South Carolina including Newberry, Sumter, Orangeburg, and Lugoff with a commitment to complete customer satisfaction. Voted Best New Car Dealership ten years and counting by readers of The State, Jim Hudson is the most trusted name in cars in Columbia. For more information on the 2011 Buick LaCrosse, call Jim Hudson Buick toll-free at (888) 377-4971 or visit them at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina.

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