When it comes to safety, the editors from TheCarConnection.com find the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe at the top of the charts.
The Santa Fe is an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2009, an award the organization gives to vehicles that perform at the top in crash-test safety and come with some especially important safety features. Jalopnik's headline reads, "Insurance Institute for Highway Safety [IIHS] Announces Top Safety Pick Awards for 2009," noting 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.
According to the USA Today, 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." USA Today goes on to say, "Hyundai ... is one of few automakers to offer it as standard equipment on a low-priced car."
The 2009 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," reports Cars.com, adding that in the Santa Fe, Hyundai installs "side-curtain airbags for all three rows of seats."
Hyundai's long 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty erases worries. The Santa Fe is also the safety champion in its segment, receiving 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. Furthermore, it's an IIHS Top Safety Pick.