Both the 2016 Hyundai Sonata and Tucson models have been awarded Top Safety Pick+ awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
A redesign for the 2016 Hyundai Tucson pushed the crossover from a poor rating in the small overlap front crash test to a good rating while an available front crash prevention system earns it a superior front crash prevention rating . The 2016 Hyundai Sonata also earned a superior front crash prevention rating to give it a Top Safety Pick+ award.
According to IIHS, the driver’s space in the 2016 Hyundai Tucson was maintained well in the small overlap test, with maximum intrusion of six inches at the parking brake pedal, but no more than three inches at other locations. In addition, the dummy’s movement was well-controlled and the front and side curtain air bags worked well together to protect the head.
The previous-generation Tucson experienced up to 16 inches of intrusion at the parking brake pedal while the steering column moved in and to the right. To make things worse, the dummy’s head would slide off the left side of the front airbag, hitting the instrument panel and the side curtain air bag didn’t deploy.
The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2015 model year, but the Korean automaker made changes to the driver’s seat belt and front suspension with the aim of improving its rating on the small overlap crash test from acceptable to good. Unfortunately those changes weren’t good enough and the rating remains acceptable for the 2016 Hyundai Sonata. It did earn good ratings in the other crashworthiness tests.
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