Cars are undoubtedly safer than they were before, but some cars may actually be safer than others. Test-wise, Hyundai has some of the safest cars on the market.
The 2020 model year Kona, Santa Fe, and Tucson were all awarded with a 5-Star Overall Safety Work by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a facet of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
Both the Kona and the larger Tucson earned a perfect five stars from the NHTSA’s frontal and side crash tests and earned four out of five stars rating for rollover protection. Meanwhile, the Santa Fe earned a perfect five stars on the side crash tests and four out of five stars for the front crashes and rollover protection.
Aside from their high crashworthiness, all three vehicles were also fitted with Hyundai’s SmartSense package which includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Rear Cross Traffic Warning (RCCW). Meanwhile, Driver Attention Warning monitors the driver’s driving pattern and detects whether he/she is drowsy or inattentive.
By 2022, Hyundai intends to equip all US models with a rear occupant alert system, which detects when a rear door is opened or closed before the car is started. It also reminds the driver to check the rear seat via a light on the center cluster before setting off.
“Driver safety is our top priority. From Hyundai SmartSense to now Rear Occupant Alert, we are always looking to implement the latest in safety technologies, in order to provide enhanced safety for all of our customers,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America.
If you’re wondering how Hyundai’s popular crossovers fare in a real-world accident, just ask the occupants of the Tucson in Taiwan after a four-ton boulder fell on it. Rather than crushing the car, the body simply held up and spared them from an unfortunate fate.
If that isn't a good measure of safety, we wonder what else is.