2016 Hyundai Sonata, Tucson Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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