Toronto, Ontario -- May 20, 2016 -- The US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has added another vehicle to its Top Safety Pick+ list. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, when equipped with optional front crash prevention, qualifies under the IIHS' testing standards. The Santa Fe Sport received good ratings in the institute's moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests. Santa Fe Sport's optional Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection also earned a superior rating.
Top Safety Pick+ is the institute's highest award. To achieve a Top Safety Pick+ designation, a vehicle must have a good rating in the five occupant protection tests and an advanced or superior rating for an available front crash prevention system.
"The Santa Fe Sport's optional front crash prevention system earns a superior rating," said David Zuby, IIHS Chief Research Officer. "The Santa Fe Sport avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph. The system also has a forward collision warning component that meets the NHTSA criteria."
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Santa Fe lineup includes vehicle stability management, seven airbags and a number of advanced braking systems.
The AEB system uses both the forward-facing radar and camera, through sensor fusion, to detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warns the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking.