In the modern automotive environment, safety standards set by groups like the IIHS and NHTSA are becoming more rigorous and taking more factors into account. While this is ultimately a good thing, it does make it harder for automakers to earn top marks in terms of safety. Hyundai, on the other hand, isn’t having any issues. In fact, seven of the Korean automaker’s vehicles received safety titles and awards from the IIHS.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently recognized the advanced safety features of the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Elantra, Elantra GT, Tucson and Sonata by granting them the title of TOP SAFETY PICK vehicles. Meanwhile, both the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport were awarded the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ title, the highest honor that the IIHS has to offer.
Achieving these awards and titles is no easy feat. To receive a TOP SAFETY PICK designation, vehicles must have “Good” ratings in five of the IIHS crashworthiness tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, roof strength, head restraints and side tests. Furthermore, vehicles much achieve an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention and an “Acceptable” rating for headlights. To upgrade to the TOP SAFETY PICK+ title, a vehicle must gain an “Acceptable” or “Good” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test and improve its headlight rating.
“We raised the safety bar for 2018,” explained Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “Now vehicles have to achieve an even higher level of safety. Our Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards help consumers zero in on the vehicles with the best overall performance for crash prevention and protection.”
For yet another year, the Hyundai lineup of vehicles managed to impress in terms of safety. By receiving the TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation, both the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport proved to be some of the safest vehicles in the industry. A major component of the Santa Fe lineup’s success is the standard suite of safety technologies for the model, including a rearview camera, Vehicle Stability Management and Electronic Stability Control. For even more safety, you can opt for Hyundai’s available suite of active safety technologies, including front-crash prevention and specialized headlights.
“Hyundai was one of the leading brands for Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick awards in 2018,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning for Hyundai Motor America. “The safety of our customers and their loved ones is paramount in our thinking when we design new vehicles.”
If you want to drive one of the safest models in the auto industry, these achievements prove that Hyundai is a good first place to look for your next vehicle.
This article is presented by Empire Hyundai in Fall River, Massachusetts.