The eggheads on the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security have handed the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe their Prime Security Choose award for passing muster in a litany of assessments.
To qualify for the accolade, autos should earn ‘Good’ rankings – the best potential rating – in all six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations. These embrace the notoriously troublesome to ace driver- and passenger-side small overlap entrance assessments which trigger a automobile to smack its headlight space into an motionless wall. This check flummoxes many automobiles due to the forces it imparts on a automobile. It’s indicative of a crash through which a automobile nails a bridge abutment, for example, or a non-destructible bollard.
Different crash assessments embrace average overlap entrance, facet, roof energy and head restraint assessments. Automobiles should even be obtainable with a entrance crash prevention system that earns superior or superior rankings in each the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian assessments with the intention to earn the award. Critically, good- or acceptable-rated headlights should even be put in. This is the reason solely the Restricted trim of Elantra and Santa Fe bought the award, plus the Calligraphy trim in Santa Fe.
Alert readers will notice these trim ranges are American trims. The highest-tier Final trim is the Canadian equal on Elantra; search for the snazzy Final Calligraphy if buying Santa Fe on this nation.
There’s one larger IIHS award stage to which automobile producers aspire, and that’s the Prime Security Choose+ award. To earn it, a mannequin will need to have headlights rated Good or Acceptable as commonplace throughout its line no matter trim stage. On this occasion, decrease trims of the Elantra and Santa Fe include headlight designs that didn’t obtain these coveted rankings. This isn’t to say they’re the equal of fireflies in jam jars however relatively merely don’t meet a selected measure within the stringent IIHS ranking.