Hyundai Elantra improves small overlap rating to earn Top Safety Pick+

July 26, 2016

The redesigned Hyundai Elantra, a small car, earns the top award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2017 Elantra earns across-the-board good ratings for crashworthiness, including in the challenging small overlap test. It also has an available front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating.

The redesigned Elantra's good small overlap rating is an improvement over the previous generation, which rated acceptable. The earlier model's structure did not fare well in the test, with maximum intrusion into the occupant space of 9 inches. In contrast, maximum intrusion in the new Elantra was only 2 inches.

The good rating applies only to 2017 Elantras built after March, when additional modifications were made. Those changes included strengthening the junction between the door sill and the hinge pillar and modifying the frontal airbag.

The Elantra's optional front crash prevention system avoided a collision in the Institute's 12 mph track test. In the 25 mph test, the car's impact speed was cut by an average of 22 mph. The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.

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