Sonata and Tucson Named Top Safety Pick+


In a recent announcement it was noted that both the 2016 Hyundai Sonata (a mid-size sedan) and the 2016 Hyundai Tucson (a compact crossover SUV) are the winners of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's "Top Safety Pick" award. This is the IIHS top rating for any vehicle on the road and is only given to those vehicles meeting the highest possible standards for safety in a number of tests.

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata

In order to qualify for this prestigious award the Sonata achieved a rating of "superior" in front crash prevention. At the same time this vehicle also achieved a rating of "good" in moderate overlap front crash, side impact, roof strength, and the head restraints/seats testing. It also earned a rating of "acceptable" in the small overlap front impact testing.

To help achieve these remarkable safety testing results, the Sonata underwent significant redesign work for the 2015 model year followed by a number of changes for the 2016 model. Among the latest changes are modifications to the driver's seat belt system and a number of changes to the front suspension.

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson

The Tucson underwent a major redesign for the 2016 model year intended to help improve its safety ratings. The results were excellent and included improving from a "poor" rating in the small overlap front crash test to "good", which represents a huge move. The Tucson also offers an optional front crash prevention system, which went a long way towards earning the crossover a "superior" rating and helping ensure it received the Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.

According to the IIHS," In the Tucson's small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of 6 inches at the parking brake pedal, but no more than 3 inches at other locations. The dummy's movement was well-controlled, and the front and side curtain airbags worked well together to protect the head. Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity."

In the previous model of the Tucson the intrusion measured at the brake pedal was much more significant. In fact it measured a full 16 inches at the parking brake pedal as noted in IIHS reports. However, this being said, the 2016 Tucson continued its tradition of earning "good" ratings in other important crash tests including; moderate overlap front impact, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints/seats.

Available Safety Systems

Both the 2016 Hyundai Sonata and Tucson offer buyers a front crash prevention system that includes an automatic braking system for added safety. During IIHS testing both of these vehicles managed to completely avoid crashes at speeds of 12 mph and 25 mph. This package also includes a built-in forward collision warning system designed to meet very specific criteria established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This system earns the Tucson a "full six points" which is the maximum score for the "superior" front crash prevent rating, according to the IIHS.

In order to qualify for the Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle is required to earn a minimum "good" rating in roof strength, moderate overlap front impact, side impact, and head restraint testing. At the same time it must earn a "good" or at least an "acceptable" rating in the small overlap impact test.  To earn the "+" rating the vehicle must offer an available front crash prevention system that has achieved either an "advanced" or "superior" rating.

When you are ready to see all that the 2016 Hyundai Sonata and 2016 Hyundai Tucson have to offer, take a drive out to Hyundai of Cookeville. We are conveniently located at 931 S Willow Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501, come on in or give us a call at to schedule a test drive today!

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