IIHS Top Safety Pick+: 2018 Hyundai Elantra

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra was already regarded as being one of the safest vehicles on the market. Prior to this month, it had been given the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But it just received yet another award that proves it’s even safer than previously believed.

The IIHS gave the 2018 Hyundai Elantra the Top Safety Pick+ award, which is the top award given out by the organization. It did so after putting the latest Elantra through a variety of crash tests, including a new test that should, in theory, make it more difficult than ever for vehicles to win the Top Safety Pick+ award.

The Elantra was able to earn a promotion by passing the new IIHS test that tests how well a vehicle can handle a collision on the front passenger side.

The IIHS incorporated the test after telling car manufacturers they wanted them to consider the safety of front passengers more often. Hyundai showed that it listened by providing the IIHS with an Elantra that scored an “Acceptable” rating in the front passenger crash test. It also received a “Good” rating in several other crash tests, including those testing a frontal crash, a side crash, roof strength, and the strength of seats and head restraints.

Those who own an Elantra or are thinking about buying one sometime soon should know that only Elantras made after December 2017 come with the Top Safety Pick+ award. Hyundai made some slight tweaks to the 2018 Elantra midway through the car’s production cycle in order to pass the new IIHS crash test. But now that Hyundai knows it’s capable of creating such safe cars, it should ultimately benefit them in the long run. The company will likely continue to use what they learned with the 2018 Elantra to make future Elantras and other Hyundais even safer than they already are.

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