The 2014 Hyundai Veloster
has been awarded a top five-star Overall rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Looking at individual test results, the Veloster earned four stars in the Frontal Crash category and five stars in the Side Crash category. That included an excellent five-star result as well in the Side Pole test, which compares to a collision with a tree or utility pole.
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2014 Hyundai Veloster, after NHTSA side-impact crash testEnlarge Photo
We likely won't see results for the Veloster from the insurance-funded IIHS; in fact it's rather unusual that the Veloster was tested by the feds. That's because by sales, it's a relatively low-volume model—not quite a niche model, but almost. Its sales, which have been in the vicinity of 30,000 per year, are better than other niche sporty coupes we might compare it to, like the Honda CR-Z or Scion tC. But that's a fraction of how many Ford Mustangs are sold—or mainstream compact sedans like the Hyundai Elantra.
See the full review of the 2014 Hyundai Veloster for more; and for some other riffs on this unique three-door coupe, see The Car Connection's Six-Month Road Test of the Hyundai Veloster.
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