The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe and Elantra vehicles its Top Safety Pick awards. The two vehicles are Hyundai’s eighth and ninth vehicles to receive a 2021 Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ rating, tying the company for third place for the most combined TSP+ and TSP-rated vehicles in the automotive industry today.
“Being an industry leader in safety and IIHS accolades is foundation to our brand, and we continually strive to provide outstanding passenger safety to our customers,” said Brian Latouf, chief safety officer for Hyundai Motor North America.
To qualify for the TSP, vehicles must earn good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. The vehicles also must be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests and good or acceptable-rated headlights.
Both the Santa Fe SUV and the Elantra sedan are made in Montgomery at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Hyundai’s first manufacturing plant in the United States. The plant also builds the Sonata sedan and Tucson SUV. The Tucson SUV was added to the plant’s lineup this year after the plant expanded to accommodate this fourth vehicle on its production lines. A fifth vehicle, the Santa Cruz, is to be added to the production lineup at the plant in the future.