Top Safety Pick

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

small car / 4-door hatchback

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT 4-door hatchback

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE 4-door

The Hyundai Elantra was redesigned for the 2017 model year and the Elantra GT was redesigned for the 2018 model year. Beginning with 2017 Elantra models built after March 2016 and applicable to all Elantra GT models, the structure was reinforced at the junction between the door sill and hinge pillar and the driver frontal airbag was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Forces during the crash contributed to a moderate risk of injury to the dummy's left lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1619
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Footrest (cm) 3
Left toepan (cm) 1
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Upper dash (cm) 3
Lower instrument panel (cm) 3

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1619
Head
HIC-15 538
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Femur (kN)
Left 1.9
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.55
Right 0.61
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 5.3
Right 2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 89
Right 94

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Tested vehicle: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT 4-door hatchback

The Hyundai Elantra GT was redesigned for the 2018 model year and is based on the Elantra sedan, which was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based a test conducted by Hyundai of an Elantra GT as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid off toward the right side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1724
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 10
Footrest (cm) 6
Right toepan (cm) 5
Center toepan (cm) 3
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 7
Right lower dash (cm) 7

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1724
Head
HIC-15 274
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 24
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.45
Right 0.57
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.1
Right 2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 62
Right 53

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1724
Head
HIC-15 96
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.23
Right 0.25
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.3
Right 0.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 40
Right 40

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE 4-door

The Hyundai Elantra was redesigned for the 2017 model year and the Elantra GT was redesigned for the 2018 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on two tests of the Elantra conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1608 VTF1607
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1 1
Left (cm) 5 4
Center (cm) 2 1
Right (cm) 1 1
Brake pedal (cm) 3 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0 0
Right (cm) 1 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3 -2
Rearward (cm) -5 -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1608 VTF1607
Head
HIC-15 214 209
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10 20
Maximum Nij 0.25 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.5 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 1.0 0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.39 0.30
Maximum tibia index - right 0.42 0.50
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.4 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.1 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 67 45
Right 53 51

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE 4-door

The Hyundai Elantra was redesigned for the 2017 model year and the Elantra GT was redesigned for the 2018 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1607
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -16.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1607
Head HIC-15 331
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 37
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 42
Average deflection (mm) 34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.80
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.86
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.6
Combined force (kN) 4.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 137
A-P moment (Nm) 86

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1607
Head HIC-15 203
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 30
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 45
Average deflection (mm) 38
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.50
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.80
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.7
Combined force (kN) 0.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.3
L-M moment (Nm) 235
A-P moment (Nm) 63

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,826 lbs
Peak force 15,369 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.44

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 43
Distance below top of head (mm) 4
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.8
Head contact time (ms) 63
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 1
Max neck tension (N) 467

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Optional Automatic Emergency Braking

Package name

  • Optional Ultimate Package

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2018 models

Superior
Superior
with optional equipment
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 22 mph.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 6 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • GT Sport trim equipped with Tech package; built after April 2018
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp right curve, fair on the gradual right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • GT Sport trim equipped with Tech package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models built after April 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 62.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 51.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 59.6 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 44.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 146.3 m
Straightaway left edge 140.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 64.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 52.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • GT trim equipped with Tech package; built after April 2018
  • GT Sport trim; built after April 2018
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp right curve, fair on the gradual right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • GT trim equipped with Tech package
  • GT Sport trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models built after April 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 62.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 51.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 59.6 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 44.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 146.3 m
Straightaway left edge 140.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 64.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 52.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • GT trim; built after April 2018
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • GT trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models built after April 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 80.4 m None
Straightaway left edge 42.5 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 47.9 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 40.9 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 40.7 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 36.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 139.3 m
Straightaway left edge 115.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 55.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 53.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 45.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 42.6 m

Trim level(s)

  • GT Sport trim equipped with Tech package; built before May 2018
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • GT Sport trim equipped with Tech package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2018 models built before May 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 78.0 m 9.7 %
Straightaway left edge 55.6 m 9.7 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 58.5 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 44.6 m 2.1 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 164.9 m
Straightaway left edge 144.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 67.5 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 55.0 m

Trim level(s)

  • GT Sport trim; built before May 2018
  • GT trim equipped with Tech package; built before May 2018
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • GT Sport trim
  • GT trim equipped with Tech package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2018 models built before May 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 78.0 m 9.7 %
Straightaway left edge 55.6 m 9.7 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 58.5 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 44.6 m 2.1 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 164.9 m
Straightaway left edge 144.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 67.5 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 55.0 m

Trim level(s)

  • GT trim; built before May 2018
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • GT trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2018 models built before May 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 86.7 m None
Straightaway left edge 45.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 51.7 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 41.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 44.7 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 37.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 157.1 m
Straightaway left edge 104.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 60.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 53.5 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.6 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2018-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim base
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim base
Seat type cloth
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 28
Clearance angle (degrees) 56
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 31
Clearance angle (degrees) 57
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 33
Clearance angle (degrees) 70
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 29
Clearance angle (degrees) 57
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated