2015 Hyundai Genesis Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award | Edmunds

2015 Hyundai Genesis Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award


Just the Facts:
  • The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan earned the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • The Genesis earned "good" ratings in all IIHS crash tests and a "superior" rating for front crash protection.
  • The IIHS said the Genesis earned the superior rating because of the automatic braking capabilities featured on the optional front crash prevention system.

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan earned the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Genesis earned "good" ratings in all IIHS crash tests and a "superior" rating for front crash protection.

The IIHS said the Genesis earned the superior rating because of the automatic braking capabilities featured on the optional front crash prevention system. The system is being offered for the first time on the 2015 model.

"In track tests, the car stopped completely before hitting the target in tests at 12 mph and 25 mph," said the IIHS in a statement on Wednesday.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, a good rating in the Institute's other four tests, and a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

"In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well, and injury measures recorded on the driver dummy indicated low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity," said the IIHS. "The dummy's head made good contact with the front airbag, which stayed in position during the crash, and the side curtain airbag deployed to protect the head from contact with side structures."

The small overlap test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or a utility pole.

The Genesis is one of only three large luxury cars to earn this award for 2014.  The other two vehicles are the 2014 Acura RLX with the optional front crash prevention system and the 2014 Volvo S80.

Standard safety features on the 2015 Genesis include nine airbags, electronic stability control and anti-whiplash head restraints.

The 2015 Genesis has not been rated yet by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Competitors to the Genesis include the Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus and Volkswagen Passat, among others.

Edmunds says: The 2015 Genesis is a leader in terms of safety in the large luxury sedan segment, something that savvy car shoppers should note.

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