Published on August 19th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez



The latest Hyundai Elantra has just earned the North American, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+. The Elantra sedan was one of only six cars to receive the highest honor from IIHS. In addition to the Elantra sedan, the 2013 Sonata, Azera, Equus, Genesis, Tucson and Santa Fe have all earned IIHS’s TOP SAFETY PICK.

IIHS rates vehicles in a moderate overlap front crash, small overlap front crash, side impact and rollover test, plus evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Winners of the TOP SAFETY PICK+award must earn good ratings for occupant protection in 4 out of 5 evaluations and no less than acceptable in the fifth test. The “plus” indicates a good or acceptable performance in the small overlap test. Hyundai is committed to providing its customers with the industry’s best safety features across our entire lineup and the Elantra’s designation as a TOP SAFETY PICK+ positions it as a leader in the segment and a great choice for consumers looking for a compact car.

To keep drivers as safe as possible, Elantra, the 2012 North American Car of the Year, has a suite of active and passive safety features. Its Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system optimally manages the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS) to help maintain vehicle control. In terms of passive safety, the Elantra has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones. The rear doors also have internal dual beams, unlike some of its competitors.

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