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Safety Ratings for 2018 Hyundai Models Announced: How Did Your Vehicle Score?

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Pictured: 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

As the majority of Hyundai’s 2018 lineup is arriving at dealerships—or at least is moving off the factory lines—we’re starting to hear what the the safety ratings of the automaker’s latest models are. As in years past, Hyundai has received high marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its vehicles’ durability and protection in collisions. Here’s what we’ve been told about Hyundai’s safety ratings for 2018 thus far.

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2018 IIHS Safety Ratings for Hyundai Models

Two models, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, have earned designation as IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners, an honor only given out to select models that have the best in crash safety results. Even with the IIHS raising the bar for earning this recognition, Hyundai’s crossovers were able to nail this evaluation.

Many of Hyundai’s other models earned honors from the IIHS also, as Top Safety Picks: the Ioniq Hybrid, the Elantra, the Elantra GT, the Sonata, and the Tucson. The Veloster was not evaluated at it doesn’t have a 2018 model; the Accent has not yet been tested yet for 2018, but it hasn’t received the best scores in the past (hopefully its redesign will change that); the brand-new Kona has not been evaluated yet.

To qualify for these awards, the recipient must earn top ratings of “Good” in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints crash tests, plus solid ratings on front crash prevention and headlights. Pick+ designation relies on a top score in passenger-side small overlap front tests, which isn’t a common category to conquer.

2018 NHTSA Safety Ratings for Hyundai Models

Some NHTSA ratings have already been released for Hyundai’s 2018 models. The Sonata, Tucson, and Santa Fe Sport have all earned overall 5-star scores; the Elantra and Elantra GT have earned 4-star scores (due to lower front driver and passenger side categories); the Santa Fe, Accent, Kona, and Ioniq not yet been rated; the Veloster does not have a 2018 model.

These scores are based on the results of multiple categories that address a vehicle’s crash survival: Front Driver Side, Front Passenger Side, Front Seat Barrier/Pole, Rear Seat Barrier/Pole, Side Barrier – Driver, Side Barrier – Rear Passenger, and Rollover.

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