2017 Hyundai Elantra Improves to Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra received huge improvements in the safety department.

Redesigned for the 2017 model year, the Hyundai Elantra has improved on the small overlap crash test to earn a good rating, over the previous generation’s acceptable rating. As a result, the compact has earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS, the top award given by the Institute. In addition, the new Elantra also offers an available front crash prevention system that helps it earn a superior rating.

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According to IIHS, the previous Elantra’s structure did not fare well in the small overlap front test, with maximum intrusion into the occupant space of nine inches. In contrast, the new Elantra’s maximum intrusion was only two inches. IIHS did note that the good rating only applies to 2017 Elantras built after March, when additional modifications were made, which included strengthening the junction between the door sill and the hinge pillar, as well as modifying the frontal airbag.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra earned good ratings across the board on the other crash tests. As for the optional front crash prevention system, it avoided a collision in the Institute’s 12-mph track test. In the 25-mph test, the car’s impact speed was cut by an average of 22 mph.

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