The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.
Previously, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport received a marginal rating in the IIHS small overlap front test. For the 2017 model year, a reinforced occupant compartment earned it a good rating in the same test and when equipped with optional front crash prevention, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a Top Safety Pick+ winner.
According to IIHS, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport’s structure failed to hold up in the small overlap test prior to its changes. The small overlap test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another object like a tree or utility pole. On the previous model, intrusion measured as much as 10 inches at the lower door hinge pillar and the dummy’s head barely contacted the front airbag before sliding off, as the steering column was pushed to the right.
Improvements have since been made, allowing the 2017 model’s driver space to be maintained well, with maximum intrusion of three inches at the footrest. In addition, the dummy’s head movement was well-controlled and the head stayed on the front airbag until rebound.
The 2017 Santa Fe Sport also has good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
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