Every Hyundai SUV is an IIHS Top Safety Pick – Plus Others
Hyundai won 10 awards from IIHS for TOP SAFETY PICK (TPS). There are two awards, TPS and TPS+, where certain cars qualify with specific options and trims, which I will explain throughout. Subaru also received ten awards, and curiously, Hyundai’s sister company Kia came in 4th place after Mazda with six models receiving IIHS TPS.
Hyundai IIHS SUV Awards
Every SUV in Hyundai’s lineup has received IIHS TPS or TPS+, and yes, this was dependent on trim and option. Here’s an example; The Hyundai Venue won TSP when equipped with the optional LED lights found in the SEL trim with the premium package or on the fully loaded Denim trim. IIHS looks at everything from what kind of lights to the safety features the vehicle comes equipped with. To regular consumers, we at least know that the Venue is a safe vehicle at its core, and that’s all we know or care about. But for formalities sake yes, the Venue has to be equipped with the fancy headlights to get the award.
That example was to give you an idea of how the TPS gets awarded to a car. To a car manufacturer, getting these awards is a big deal. It’s an honor and helps the company sell more cars when the average consumer walks into a dealership and sees a bunch of J.D. Power and IIHS awards and banners hanging around the place. Builds a sense of security and IIHS is legitimately good to know because now we know all Hyundai’s SUVs are highly safe.
Other Hyundai Cars That Received an IIHS TPS Award
Other cars that made the IIHS TPS cut for Hyundai are Elantra, Elantra GT, Veloster, and Sonata. Again, for these cars to qualify, they need to be equipped with specific headlights, optional frontal crash prevention, or both. But lights and options aside, let’s take another look at the Hyundai Venue to see what made it safe crash wise.
Hyundai Venue IIHS Crash Safety
For the Hyundai Venue to earn an IIHS TPS, it got good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. A superior rating for available vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention. These safety results are what most of us are interested in knowing.
Hyundai IIHS Awards Conclusion
Hyundai is serious about consumer safety, which is great because I take safety seriously. There is a growing amount of idiotic driving behaviors that seem to grow exponentially as the days pass. It’s nice to know you can put yourself and your family in a Hyundai and drive in peace.
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Kevin Meyn is an automotive journalist for Torque News concentrating on Hyundai content. Kevin is the founder of Exhaust Sports Auto Youtube channel, where he does professional car reviews on new and used vehicles. Through the use of various resources and extended Automotive expertise, Kevin documents the latest in automotive news revolving around Hyundai. Kevin graduated from NC State University studying Supply Chain Management but has had a passion for cars since he was a child. Follow Kevin on Twitter and Instagram @exhaustsports.