IIHS Award for Hyundai Models

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit organization that works to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes. It does this through extensive research and crash tests, producing ratings for popular passenger vehicles.

Hyundai was lucky enough to earn top ratings in many of its models. And we have those vehicles on our lot at Norm Reeves Hyundai Superstore Cerritos, located near Cerritos, Long Beach, Anaheim, and Downey.

We want to go over the importance of the IIHS award for Hyundai models, along with the Hyundai vehicles that received this high honor. Read our informative guide below, and contact us if you have any questions.

IIHS Safety Ratings

The IIHS runs several crash tests to determine which vehicles will earn a TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

In the Crashworthiness category, they test:

  • CrashTestSmall overlap front (driver side and passenger side)
  • Moderate overlap front
  • Side
  • Roof strength
  • Head restraints and seats

In the Crash Avoidance & Mitigation category, front crash prevention and headlights are tested.

The IIHS will rate each section, labeling it as Good, Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor. To receive the TOP SAFETY PICK award, a vehicle needs to receive a Good rating in every Crashworthiness test except passenger-side small overlap front. It also needs to receive an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention. Plus, it has to get an Acceptable or Good headlight rating.

To receive the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a car has to get Good in almost every Crashworthiness test. Plus, it has to get Acceptable or Good for in the passenger-side small overlap front test. The Advanced or Superior front crash prevention rating applies to this award, as well. Additionally, it’ll need to get a Good headlight rating.

Vehicles with Top Safety Ratings

Out of the 10 models that Hyundai offers, seven of them earned either a 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK or 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS…


  • Elantra
  • Santa Fe
  • Santa Fe Sport
  • Sonata


  • Elantra GT
  • Ioniq Hybrid
  • Tucson

Hyundai Safety Features

The Hyundai models mentioned above received these top honors for the various safety features they offer.


Take the Elantra and Santa Fe, for example. If you got into an accident in either, they’ll help protect you with their various passive safety features.

Each car has an energy-absorbing steering column, along with front and rear crumple zones. The latter will absorb energy from an impact, better protecting passengers inside the vehicle.

These models also have advanced airbag systems that include front, side-impact, side curtain, and driver’s knee airbags to help protect you in an accident.

However, to prevent a collision from occurring, these vehicles offer many driver-assisting technologies. One such feature is Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. It can automatically apply the brakes if it detects an imminent collision with a vehicle or person in front of you.

There’s also High Beam Assist. It can automatically put the high beams on to help see better in the dark. When an oncoming car is detected, it’ll automatically dim the high beams instantly.

Learn More about the IIHS Award

To learn more about the IIHS award for Hyundai models, contact at Norm Reeves Hyundai Superstore Cerritos. And if you want to get an up-close look at any of our vehicles, simply schedule a test drive.

We’re proud to help drivers throughout Cerritos, Long Beach, Anaheim, and Downey get a vehicle safe enough for themselves and their family. We want to do the same for you, so contact us today to get started!

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