Thanks to better headlights, the 2018 Hyundai Kona, which we recently reviewed
, now earns the highest safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
2018 Hyundai Kona
Konas built after May of 2018 earn the IIHSís TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for occupant protection in a passenger-side small overlap front crash when equipped with newly available good-rated headlights.
The Kona also meets all the other requirements. It earns good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also has an available front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating. It avoided collisions in 12- and 25-mph IIHS track tests.
Konas Built After May 2018
For models built after May 2018, Hyundai made changes to the Konaís available LED projector headlights to limit glare for oncoming drivers. Following the change, the LED lights, which are available on the Limited and Ultimate trim lines, earn a good rating. The Ultimate trimís headlights also feature high-beam assist, a feature that automatically switches between high beams and low beams depending on the presence of other vehicles.
All Konas built before June 2018 have headlights that receive a poor IIHS rating. The Konaís base halogen headlights earn a poor rating due to inadequate visibility.
Driver Assistance Technology
There are four Kona trims and surprisingly, automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning are only standard on the top Ultimate trim which comes loaded with everything, including high beam assist. The entire 2018 Kona lineup comes with a standard rearview camera with parking assist. But available blind spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic along with lane change assist are also reserved for the upper trims.
Look for IIHS crash test results for the all-new 2019 Santa Fe
due out next month.
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