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Ever since our first drive of the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, we've been impressed with the car's quality and value, and today's award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) of a Top Safety Pick to the car therefore comes as no surprise. Buick has built a very solid mid-luxury sedan this time around, and the tests are beginning to show it.

To get a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, a car must score top marks of "good" in front, side and rear impact tests and feature standard electronic stability control. The 2010 LaCrosse aced the list, beating the 2009 Lexus ES 350 which rated "good" in frontal and side impact tests, but only "marginal" in rear-impact testing. The 2010 Lexus ES 350 hasn't been rated yet.

The 2009 Infiniti G37 rated exactly the same as the Lexus. Volvo's S60 earned "good" ratings in front and rear impact, but only scored "acceptable" in side impact.

The 2010 Lincoln MKZ, on the other hand, has also earned a Top Safety Pick, putting it and the 2010 LaCrosse in the company of the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Saab 9-3 and Acura TSX and TL in the IIHS's mid-size luxury/near luxury category.

For more on the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, check our out full specs and review page.