Hyundai Shines Brightly in Latest Insurance Institute Crash Tests
New technology that Hyundai and other auto manufacturers have developed and are adding to new cars is contributing to a reduction in traffic fatalities. New safety features on vehicles continue to make them safer for their drivers and passengers as well as for other drivers and pedestrians. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests new vehicles every year and designates the safest as “Top Safety Pick” and “Top Safety Pick+.”
Hyundai was a star in the 2020 IIHS safety evaluations with one Hyundai Top Safety Pick+ winner, the Nexo, and eight Hyundai Top Safety Picks: Sonata, Palisade and Santa Fe; when equipped with available front crash prevention technology the Elantra, Elantra GT, Veloster, Kona and Tucson.
What Makes an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Winner?
The criteria for winning these designations – and only 64 models available in the U.S. made the cut – were:
- Top Safety Pick+, vehicles must get “Good” ratings on both the driver-side and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; advanced or superior ratings for available front crash protection on both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests; and “Acceptable” or “Good”-rated headlights as standard equipment.
- Top Safety Pick awards require that a vehicle must do well on all the crash tests but only have “Acceptable” or “Good”-rated headlights as available (optional) equipment.
The IIHS has made the tests tougher over the years and added new tests. The latest to be added were the small overlap evaluations – first the driver-side test and most recently the passenger-side test – which show how well the vehicles protect their occupants when they run into just the corner of the vehicle, for example a tree or utility pole.
The front crash prevention notation on the five Hyundai Top Safety Picks is based on new technology that is available to detect pedestrians. The latest data shows that there’s been a 53 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities since 2009. In 2018 more than 6,000 pedestrians were killed in vehicle accidents. Automakers have been working toward a voluntary commitment to install automatic emergency braking (AEB), which will become standard for most vehicles by 2022. But the commitment only calls for AEB to avoid crashes with other vehicles. Now Hyundai is among the manufacturers adding the vehicle-to-pedestrian detection functions, too.
Hyundai’s performance, as well as its stylishness, comfort and efficiency across all models have made it a rising star in Colorado. Nevertheless, it’s hard to argue with safety as an important selling point, too. A Schomp Hyundai client advisor can highlight the important safety features for you as well as showing off all of the other things that make Hyundai vehicles a great choice for Colorado drivers.