US-spec 2017 Hyundai Elantra scores maximum crash test rating

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The US-Spec 2017 Hyundai Elantra has scored the Top Safety Pick Plus rating in the IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) crash tests.

The IIHS crash test is divided in five categories: roof strength, head restraints and seats, moderate overlap frontal collision, side impact, and small overlap frontal collision. In comparison to the earlier model, the new Elantra showcased an improvement in the small overlap frontal collision category. While the earlier-gen Elantra suffered a maximum cabin intrusion of 9 inches, the new model suffered 2 inches of intrusion.

IIHS has specified that the top safety rating is being given to the models that have been produced after March 2016. This improved safety rating is mainly a result of Hyundai recently strengthening the junction between the door sill and hinge pillar.

The 2017 Elantra also comes with an optional Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system, which successfully avoided a collision at speeds of around 20 km/h on the institute's track test.

Source: AutoGuide

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