The rugged, reliable 2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV has the distinction of being the only vehicle in the small SUV category to receive good ratings for both driver and passenger in the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small-overlap crash test ratings.
Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America, said the Tucson’s standout performance in the industry-leading IIHS crash tests is a reflection of Hyundai’s unwavering dedication to driver and passenger safety.
“At Hyundai, we continually strive to provide outstanding passenger safety to our customers, regardless of vehicle size or price,” O’Brien said. “Our 2016 Tucson’s good rating for both driver and passenger in the demanding IIHS small overlap crash test reflects our commitment to passenger safety at every level. We’re certainly proud of our Tucson’s industry-leading performance in the small SUV category.”
That better performance comes from smarter design. The Tucson chassis uses over 50% Advanced High Strength steel and structural adhesives at high stress points to improve rigidity and enhance driver and passenger safety. The suspension has been redesigned for precision handling that maintains a comfortable ride. SACHS® dampers and lightweight, hollow stabilizer bars on front and rear suspension allows for maximum body control in all driving conditions.
The feel and responsiveness of the steering system has also been completely reengineered for more precise and rapid response. The tilt and telescopic adjustment options on the steering wheel itself accentuate the enhanced steering feel, but it’s the motor-driven power steering system and extensive application of rigid, lightweight aluminum that ultimately provide the Tucson’s responsive steering feedback and reduced friction.
David Zuby, executive vice president of IIHS, said that he hope’s Hyundai’s rating is a harbinger of things to come from the rest of the industry.
“Hyundai should be commended for ensuring that both drivers and their front-seat passengers get equal protection in small overlap crashes in the 2016 Tucson,” Zuby said.
The Tucson’s entire body shell has been made stiffer and lighter thanks to extensive use of advanced high-strength steel, and the use of Tailor Welded Blanks (TWB) reinforces key structural members. TWB assemblies combine steels of different thickness and grades using a sophisticated laser welding and stamping process to achieve an optimal stiffness-to-weight ratio. TWBs reduce body weight while enhancing crash energy management.
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