Improvements to Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Increase IIHS Crash Test Performance

Structural changes to the occupant compartment in the 2017 model helped to increase its small overlap test rating

Improvements to Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Increase IIHS Crash Test Performance
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May 18, 2016

Changes to the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport helped the midsized SUV increase its performance in a key crash safety test, bumping up the 2017 model to a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Previous models of the Santa Fe Sport failed to hold up in the small overlap test, which replicates a crash in which the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or a fixed object.

Structural changes to the occupant compartment in the 2017 model helped to increase its small overlap test rating from "marginal" to "good."

During the test, the driver space was well maintained and the dummy's movement was well-controlled. The head stayed on the front airbag until rebound.

The SUV also has "good" ratings in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.

To qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle also needs an available front crash prevention system earning an "advanced" or "superior" rating. The 2017 Santa Fe Sport's optional crash prevention system earned a "superior" rating.

The Top Safety Pick+ award does not apply to the larger Santa Fe model.