Achieving the highest rating of “Good” in all crash test categories by IIHS, the new Hyundai Elantra named a TOP SAFETY PICK.
The Hyundai excelled at front, side, rollover and rear crash protection tests to be one of the six small vehicles, out of thirteen IIHS tested recently, to be awarded as a top pick. It’s now wonder how it managed that, given the long list of standard and available safety features this small sedan has.
The car comes with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) that optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS). Elantra features six airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbag. The Elantra also features a state-of-the-art braking package including four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions.
“Elantra safety has improved tremendously over the years with the vehicle now earning IIHS’ top safety distinction,” said David Zuby, the IIHS’ chief research officer. “The big things the automakers have done to improve crashworthiness are designing better front crush zones to manage crash energy, stronger occupant compartments to limit intrusion, and stronger roofs to better protect people in rollovers.”