Hyundai must be celebrating in corporate offices due to a huge recent win. The company’s 2018 Elantra model was recently named the Top Safety Pick+ by the U.S. Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), which also happens to be the top safety rating to achieve. This honor is due to the High Beam Assist and Automatic Emergency Braking (optional) that the cars are equipped with, that is, in Elantras produced after the end of 2017.
However, the safety wins do not end there!
Wheels.ca reported that in addition to this top safety pick acknowledgment for the 2018 Elantra, four additional models hit Top Safety Pick this year, including the Elantra, Elantra GT, Ioniq Hybrid, Tucson, and Sonata. These models showcased specific headlights as well as front crash prevention (optional).
This is a huge safety win for Hyundai. In order to be ranked and picked for an IIHS Top Safety Pick honor, models must have solid ratings within five crashworthy IIHS tests, which include: roof strength, as well as head restraints, moderate overlap front and side, small overlap front, a good or acceptable headlight ranking, and a superior or advanced front crash prevention rating.
When it comes to hitting the Top Safety Pick+ acknowledgement, models need to have enhanced ratings around their headlights, as well as good or accepting ratings as it relates to tests around passenger-side small overlap front.
So, what helped Hyundai models edge their way to the top of the IIHS safety awards? Some things that catapulted the vehicles to this honor are, but not limited to: exceptional performances within the IIHS track tests (at differing speeds), optional front crash prevention, and specific headlights.
When it comes to Elantra, the model provides a variety of safety technology options, at times reserved for their luxury models, to offer an additional layer of defensive safety for drivers and their passengers, above their standard safety options.