Hyundai Tuscon And Sonata Get Highest Safety Rating From IIHS

Hyundai Tuscon And Sonata Get Highest Safety Rating From IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced the safety ratings for 2016 model cars and Hyundai Tucson compact SUV and Sonata sedan received the Top Safety Pick + awards. This is the highest designation issued by IIHS.

Tucson and Sonata moved up in the ratings with structural and technical improvements. Tucson SUV scored the “good” rating in the stringent small front overlaps test conducted by IIHS. The earlier models of SUV performed poorly in this test. The Sonata got a good rating this year with the front crash prevention system.

In the frontal crash prevention category test, 2016 Tucson earned “superior” rating with the newly installed forward collision warning system with a feature called autonomous emergency braking to provide extra safety. Tucson received a six-point score, which is the highest from the agency. This vehicle was able to avoid collision at speeds 12mph and at 25mph.

The 2016 redesign of Tucson includes good driver space in the small overlap front test, well-controlled movement of crash dummy, better functioning of front and side airbags to give maximum protection to head etc.

Tucson also received good ratings for other crash evaluations such as moderate overlap front, side, head restraints, roof strength, etc. The test results are announced on ratings such as good, acceptable, marginal and poor.

IIHS issued a statement saying that the measurements taken from the dummy used for testing indicated a low risk of major injuries in a severe crash of this magnitude, whereas in the case of earlier Tucson the intrusion was very severe and it reached a maximum of 16 inches at the braking pedal. The moved-in steering column caused the head of the dummy to slide to the left of the front air bag. This caused the head to hit the instrument panel and the side airbag didn’t deploy properly.

The Hyundai Sonata, however, didn’t show any improvement in small overlap front test and retained the acceptable rating of the 2015 version, but scored “good” rating in other tests.

IIHS said that though Hyundai made changes to the seat belt for driver and in front suspension, it didn’t improve the safety much. If Hyundai wants to keep the medium sized sedan high rated in the tests, they will have to think about new ways to improve the safety.

The improved 2016 Tucson will also be priced more than the 2015 model. The new Tucson will cost $1,050 more than the 2015 version. The 2016 Sonata will cost $ 610 more than the 2015 sedan.


September 26th, 2015 by