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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Five stars, frontal and side impacts
Acceptable, frontal offset; Acceptable, side impact; Good, rear impact; Poor, roof strength
visibility is good
Kelley Blue Book
Hyundai claims to have worked hard on protecting occupants in a collision
Car and Driver
The 2009 Hyundai Tucson has a good assemblage of safety features, but its crash-test scores send out a decidedly mixed message.
In NHTSA crash tests, the 2009 Hyundai Tucson earned five stars for all crash zones (from both the front and side in the front and rear seats), as well as four stars for rollover resistance. In IIHS testing, the Tucson earned Acceptable ratings for front and side collisions, but a Poor in the organization's new roof crush test—an important test for taller vehicles like the Tucson.
Car and Driver notes that "Hyundai claims to have worked hard on protecting occupants in a collision." Car and Driver is similarly enthusiastic about safety in the 2009 Hyundai Tucson, predicting that the optional BorgWarner Electronic Interactive Torque Management all-wheel-drive-system "will make safety-conscious buyers smile." The system, the reviewer contends, is "seamless in operation and faster-acting" than systems found in many competitors.
Cars.com points out that "side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard, giving the Tucson a total of six airbags." ConsumerGuide Auto points out that available safety features include "ABS, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags." Edmunds calls the Tucson's list of safety features "impressive," and Automotive.com cites the Tucson's "comprehensive list of active and passive safety features."
Kelley Blue Book looks specifically at visibility in the 2009 Hyundai Tucson. "Visibility is good," the reviewer notes, and is "helped by lengthy rear-door glass, though wide rear pillars impair the view slightly."
The 2009 Hyundai Tucson is not a top pick for those who value safety above all else; the Poor roof-strength result is concerning, even if other scores are positive.