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2016 Hyundai Tucson Earns Best Safety Scores from IIHS in Small SUV Segment

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The 2016 Hyundai Tucson was the only small SUV tested by the IIHS to earn a “Good” rating for passenger safety in the challenging small-overlap test

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The 2016 Hyundai Tucson was the only small SUV out of seven tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to receive Top Safety Pick+ honors, as well as earn a “Good” rating for passenger protection in the small-overlap test.

To qualify as a 2016 Safety Pick+, a vehicle is required to earn good ratings in the five crashworthiness tests, which are the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints, as well as receive an advanced or superior rating for front crash protection.

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Out of the seven small SUVs tested by the IIHS, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson was the only one to earn “good” scores for driver and passenger safety in the difficult small overlap test. In addition, the Hyundai Tucson’s front crash prevention system was given six points by the IIHS and its automatic braking system allowed the Tucson to circumvent accidents in the 12 mph and 25 mph tests.

In comparison, competitors such as the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, and Buick Encore all earned ratings of “Acceptable” from the IIHS for passenger safety in the small overlap test. Furthermore, in the same tests, the Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester were rated as “Marginal,” while the Toyota RAV4 earned a “Poor” rating.

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is offered with a number of advanced safety features that helped it achieve its “Good” rating for driver and passenger protection in the small-overlap crash test. These technologies include Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Backup Warning Sensors, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, and a rearview camera.

“Our 2016 Tucson’s good rating for both driver and passenger in the demanding IIHS small overlap crash test reflects our commitment to passenger safety at every level,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We’re certainly proud of our Tucson’s industry-leading performance in the small SUV category.”

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Video: 2016 Hyundai Tucson IIHS Crash Test

News Sources: IIHS, Edmunds