Experts from TheCarConnection.com found the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe tops the charts when it comes to safety.
Jalopnik's headline reads, "Insurance Institute for Highway Safety [IIHS] Announces Top Safety Pick Awards for 2008." With the Santa Fe, Hyundai has one of only 21 cars included on that list. Jalopnik notes the IIHS "added a crash prevention criterion last year," which requires vehicles to be equipped with electronic stability control (ESC). Jalopnik goes on to recount that "ESC can help drivers maintain control during emergency maneuvers." Cars.com notes that inside the Santa Fe, Hyundai’s “safety features include electronic stability control" as standard, not as an option.
USAToday relays that the NHTSA says stability control "will save 5,300 to 10,300 lives a year when it is on all vehicles" and that its "biggest benefit is its ability to prevent many rollover crashes." USAToday goes on to say, "Hyundai...is one of few automakers to offer it as standard equipment on a low-priced car."
According to Cars.com, the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe's standard safety equipment includes "six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, active front head restraints and a tire pressure monitoring system." Cars.com adds that in the Santa Fe, Hyundai installs "side-curtain airbags for all three rows of seats."
The 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe could be called the valedictorian in its segment for safety; it got all the best safety features of its peers, such as standard electronic stability control and active head restraints, along with the highest ratings in the frontal and side crash tests from both the federal government and the insurance industry. The IIHS’s Top Safety Pick award also is applied to the Santa Fe. Hyundai's long 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty erases another type of worry, too.