Hyundai Tops IIHS Safety List

By Staff Writer May 06, 2024

Hyundai leads the industry with nine Top Safety Pick recognitions by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2024 Sonata have received a Top Safety Pick designation and the Hyundai IONIQ 5 has been upgraded to a Top Safety Pick + by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, (IIHS). The 2024 IONIQ 5 achieved the highest-safety rating, TSP+ due to advancements with rear occupant safety to address the new (ODB 2.0), Offset Deformable crashworthiness evaluation with rear occupant added to the TSP+ requirement.

Additional Hyundai products previously awarded 2024 IIHS Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + ratings include:
2024 IONIQ 6 Top Safety Pick+
2024 Kona Top Safety Pick+

2024 Elantra Top Safety Pick
2024 Tucson Top Safety Pick
2024 Palisade Top Safety Pick
2024 Santa Cruz Top Safety Pick

"As Hyundai continues to sustain leadership in the IIHS TSP award designations, we are proud to have two additional new products recognized including a mid-size SUV and a sedan, said Cole Stutz, chief safety officer, Hyundai Motor North America. "At Hyundai, we are committed to reducing traffic fatalities by providing safe vehicles to protect customers on their daily commutes." 

The focus of the IIHS TSP evaluation is to prevent fatalities on roadways and protect occupants. IIHS announced more strict testing criteria to further protect back seat passengers and improve pedestrian crash avoidance systems. Hyundai stepped-up to the IIHS challenge for tougher testing guidelines by instituting several testing improvements including enhanced side structure, advanced seat belts for rear seat occupants and SmartSense safety features such as Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (with pedestrian detection), Lane Departure and Driver Assist Warnings as standard across the Hyundai product lineup.

According to IIHS, "The standard front crash prevention systems on the Santa Fe and Sonata both earn good ratings for pedestrian crash avoidance, while the system included with the IONIQ 5 is rated acceptable." Additionally, the IONIQ 5 was previously announced as a Top Safety Pick winner before the results of the updated moderate overlap test were available.

To qualify for an IIHS Top Safety Pick, vehicles must earn a good rating in the small overlap front, original moderate overlap front and updated side tests. While the higher of the Institute's two awards, Top Safety Pick +, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, updated side tests and no less than an acceptable rating for the updated moderate front crash test.

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