Hyundai significantly improved the model's performance in the small overlap front crash test.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has earned Top Safety Pick+ status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new sedan had Good results in all the agency’s crash tests and a Superior front crash prevention system.

In the often-difficult small overlap front crash test, the Elantra performed very well. The survival space maintained its position, and the airbags did their job of preventing the dummy’s head from striking any hard surfaces. The maximum intrusion into the cabin was just two inches, versus nine inches from the previous generation Elantra. However, IIHS found the possibility of “a moderate risk of injury to the dummy's left lower leg” in the latest sedan.

For Elantra’s made after March, Hyundai modified the front airbag and strengthened the area where the doorsill and pillar meet. IIHS’ Good score in the small overlap test only applies to these vehicles.

The sedan’s optional crash prevention system successfully stopped the vehicle in time in the 12-mile-per-hour (19 kilometers per hour) test. The tech couldn’t avoid an accident from 25 mph (40 kph), but it did slow down the Elantra by 22 mph (35 kph). The model’s forward collision warning also met the agency’s standards.

The 2017 Elantra starts at $17,985, including destination. Getting the full suite of safety tech requires the range-topping Limited trim for $22,350 plus the $2,500 Tech Package and the $1,900 Ultimate Package.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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