The 2016 Hyundai Tucson had something to prove during this year’s round of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s crash tests and prove something it did. After the 2015 model scored poorly in last year’s rankings, the 2016 model made up for it by becoming an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The award is the highest safety ranking a vehicle can get from the IIHS. The 2016 Sonata received the Top Safety Pick+ award as well.
“Hyundai’s redesign of the Tucson earns the 2016 model our top rating in the small overlap front test, and the Sonata retains its acceptable rating. Both vehicles have an available front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating in the IIHS autobrake test, a key criteria to qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ award,” says David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer.
Top Safety Pick+ cars received a good rating in the IIHS front, sides, and roof strength tests and in the head restraint test. All Top Safety Pick+ vehicles also must offer front crash prevention technology with advanced or superior rating.
“Hyundai’s commitment to occupant safety is paramount throughout our entire lineup. We strive to develop technologies that assist in avoiding crashes all together, like forward collision warning, lane departure warning and emergency brake assist, and are pleased the Tucson and Sonata have received these awards related to occupant protection when collisions do occur,” says Mike O’Brien, Vice President, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America.
The all new 2016 Tucson is available now in four trim levels. The two base trims are the SE and Eco model, which start at $22,700 and $24,150 respectively, and do not offer Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, and Lane Change assist. The top two trims, the Sport and the Limited, come standard with those features and start at $26,150 and $29,900. The Limited also offers Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, and Rear Parking Sensors.
The 2016 Sonata is available now in six trim levels. The base trims are the SE, Sport, and Eco models starting at $21,750, $23,400, and $23,725. The top trims are the Limited at $27,350, Sport 2.0T at $28,925, and Limited 2.0T at $34,075. The top three trims come standard with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist. The Limited model offers, and the Limited 2.0T comes standard with, Lane Departure Warning, Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability, Rear Parking Sensors, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Automatic High Beam Assist.
A rearview camera comes standard on all new Tucson and Sonata models.