Hyundai IONIQ 5 Earns Top Safety Award

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Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 has achieved the Top Safety Pick+ status for 2024, marking a significant endorsement for the electric small SUV from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This prestigious recognition comes after rigorous testing, where the IONIQ 5 excelled, particularly in rear-passenger protection during the updated moderate overlap front test. In contrast, Hyundai’s other models, the Santa Fe and Sonata, received the Top Safety Pick award, restricted by their lesser performance in the same test.

Key Highlights:

  • Hyundai IONIQ 5 secures Top Safety Pick+ for 2024.
  • Santa Fe and Sonata attain Top Safety Pick status.
  • Exceptional rear-passenger protection noted in IONIQ 5.
  • Mixed results for Santa Fe and Sonata in new safety tests.

The 2024 Hyundai IONIQ 5 distinguished itself with superior rear-passenger safety measures. According to IIHS reports, “The dummy’s head remained a safe distance from the front seatback, and sensors in the dummy indicated a low risk of head, neck, or chest injuries.” This contrasts sharply with the outcomes for the Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata. The Santa Fe, though a robust midsize SUV, demonstrated potential weaknesses in back seat protection which could elevate the risk of head, neck, and chest injuries. Similarly, the Sonata exhibited a higher probability of injuries for second-row occupants.

All three Hyundai models, however, performed admirably in other crucial IIHS tests, which are essential for attaining either Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ status. These include good ratings in the small overlap front test and the updated side test, as well as having headlights across all trims that are rated acceptable or good.

Headlight quality varies across models, with the Sonata boasting good-rated headlights for all trims and the Santa Fe having acceptable ones. The IONIQ 5 offers a choice between acceptable and good headlights. Regarding pedestrian crash prevention, both the Santa Fe and Sonata’s standard front crash prevention systems received good ratings, while the Ioniq 5’s system was deemed acceptable.

As safety standards evolve, Hyundai continues to adapt its models to meet rigorous testing criteria, ensuring both driver and passenger protection remains a top priority. This ongoing commitment to safety is exemplified by the achievements of the IONIQ 5 in the most recent safety evaluations.

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