2015 Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax Earn 2015 Top Safety Pick Award | Edmunds

2015 Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax Earn 2015 Top Safety Pick Award

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The 2015 Buick Encore and 2015 Chevrolet Trax small SUVs earned the 2015 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Encore and Trax twins earned "good" scores in all Institute crashworthiness tests.

The 2015 Encore is on sale now at Buick dealerships, while the 2015 Trax is on sale now at Chevrolet dealerships.

The 2015 results are a major improvement for the Encore, which received structural improvements for the new model year. The 2015 model earned a "good" rating in the small overlap test. The 2013-'14 Encore rated "poor" in the test.

"In the latest test, the driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of 6 inches at the door hinge pillar and instrument panel," said the Institute in a statement. "The dummy's movement was well controlled. Measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injuries in a crash of this severity."

The small overlap test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole.

The 2015 Encore and Trax also earned the top five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of both vehicles.

The Encore and Trax are equipped with 10 standard airbags, along with a standard rearview camera, antilock brakes and electronic stability control.

Key Trax competitors include the Kia Soul, Nissan Juke and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

The Encore competes with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Mini Cooper Countryman.

Edmunds says: The 2015 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax are standouts in two important safety measures, something that should be reassuring to car shoppers in this popular segment.

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