2013 Buick Verano, 2013 Audi A4 And S4 Get Five-Star Crash Ratings From NHTSA

Chalk up another commendation for the 2013 Buick Verano: in addition to being named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, the luxury sedan has now been award a five-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program evaluates new vehicles in frontal and side crashes, and evaluates their resistance to rollover accidents, resulting in the Overall Vehicle Score. The 2013 Buick Verano has ten airbags, electronic stability control, and a backup camera as standard. Optional safety features include blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warnings. The car's OnStar system can also call emergency services for help if the airbags deploy in an accident.

The 2013 Buick Verano comes with a 180-hp 2.4-liter inline-four engine and six-speed automatic transmission, starting from $23,965 after an $885 destination charge. The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo features a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and offers a choice between manual and automatic transmissions. It starts at $29,990. The small front-wheel-drive sedan is based on the Chevrolet Cruze, but with numerous upgrades and visual changes to fit the luxury intentions of the Buick brand.

The Buick Verano's closest competitor is the Acura ILX, an entry-luxury sedan of a similar size that is based on the Honda Civic. It also is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and has a five-star overall rating from NHTSA.

The 2013 Audi A4 and its sporting variant, the 2013 Audi S4, also received five-star commendations from NHTSA's NCAP crash test. The sedans received a few visual tweaks for the 2013 model year. They both come with front, side, and curtain airbags as standard, and offer gadgets like a blind-spot warning system, parking sensors, and a backup camera.

Sources: Buick, Audi

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