2016 may still be young, but the Hyundai brand has already racked up an impressive list of awards so far—a trend in recent years. In fact, Hyundai was named the overall brand winner in the 2016 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Awards, and past brand accolades include Highest Ranked Non-Premium Nameplate in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study, and Interbrand Best Global Green Brand.

Hyundai truly carries an edge over competition in car safety awards. Let’s review the two major industry ratings and see how Hyundai models place in each one in the last few years.

Hyundais Shine with Stellar Car Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts tests on vehicles to determine how safe drivers and passengers would be in a crash and stands as one of the industry’s most demanding vehicle tests. Other IIHS ratings evaluate vehicles on available safety features, such as those that help mitigate a frontal collision or warning systems that alert drivers to brake.

The requirements for Top Safety Pick+ were tightened for 2016. To qualify, winners must earn good ratings in each of the Institute’s five crashworthiness tests:

  • Small overlap crash test
  • Moderate overlap crash test
  • Side strength
  • Roof strength
  • Head restraint tests
  • Have an available front crash prevention system earning an advanced or superior rating

Hyundai vehicles are no stranger to receiving excellent IIHS awards.

For 2016 alone, the Tucson, Genesis, and Sonata all earned Top Safety Pick+ awards when equipped with with optional front crash prevention.

The Genesis features Electronic Stability Control, nine airbags, energy-absorbing front airbags, and several other safety options.

The Tucson’s available Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) automatically activates the brakes when sensing unexpected braking by the vehicle in front.

The Sonata’s list of standard and available active and passive safety features includes Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and more.

Another institution setting the standard for vehicle safety is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA formed from the Highway Safety Act of 1970 and sets and regulates federal motor vehicle safety performance standards. NHTSA’s highest overall safety rating of 5 stars was awarded to several Hyundai vehicles in 2015:

  • Veloster
  • Veloster Turbo
  • Elantra
  • Sonata
  • Sonata Hybrid
  • Genesis Sedan
  • Santa Fe Sport

Parkway Hyundai Leads the Way in Car Safety with Award-Winning Vehicles in Stock right in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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If you’re interested in finding a new car with excellent safety ratings, come to Parkway Hyundai. We have a huge selection of brand new Hyundais. If you want an older model but still want one that takes home safety awards, check out our pre-owned inventory. Did we mention Hyundai has the best certified pre-owned program in the entire industry? Emdunds.com ranked Hyundai No. 1 for offering extraordinary powertrain bumper-to-bumper and roadside assistance coverage compared with other luxury and mainstream brands.

Come take a test drive at Parkway Hyundai on Market St. to check out the stellar safety features that consistently win awards. Whether you’re looking for features like Forward Collision Warning or strategically placed air bags to keep you and your passengers safe, it’s clear any Hyundai you select is designed with the utmost safety in mind.