Drivers in the market for a compact crossover who want protection not only for themselves but also for their passengers, should put the 2016 Hyundai Tucson on the top of their list.
In a recent study by the IIHS Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, shows that the Tucson was the only small SUV out of the seven studied that provided good driver-side and passenger side small overlap ratings.
The IIHS developed the small overlap test in 2012 to see what happens when the front corner of a vehicle crashes into an object or another vehicle. The test looks at a width of 25% on the driver and passenger sides. IIHS also has a moderate overlap test, which involves looking at 40% of the width of the vehicle. IIHS said that the results from the overlap test has prompted vehicle manufactures to make safety changes.
Hyundai indicated that it is pleased with the results of the IIHS study and said it shows Hyundai’s commitment to ensuring its drivers and passengers are safe and protected. In 2014 more than 1600 people died from frontal crashes.
Since the small overlap crash test started 13 manufactures have made changes to 97 vehicles to improve safety.
Overall the Toyota Rav4 was the worst performer in the passenger side test according to the IIHS. IIHS indicated that intrusion measure shows how well the vehicle can hold up in a crash, plus the greater the intrusion the more likely a person will sustain a serious injury.
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