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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Hyundai officials anticipate the 2010 Tucson will score very well in federal crash tests, but no official results are available as of yet. The insurance industry-funded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Tucson its top rating.
In terms of safety, the 2010 Tucson has all the expected standard equipment. That list includes dual front side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; and traction and stability control. The stability control has "a rollover sensor that keeps the curtain airbags inflated when you turn turtle," Edmunds explains.
Hill descent control is also standard-"just like the big SUV players," Edmunds says-along with Brake Assist, tire pressure monitors, and active headrests.
Visibility is good, save for some dark corners at the rear quarters of the Tucson, where its dashing roofline meets the tailgate. "Forward visibility is great," Autoblog proclaims, and "turning right isn't an issue either." But "rear visibility is compromised by the way the sheet metal kicks up beginning at the back edge of the rear door," USA Today notes. It's a syndrome that's "depressingly common among crossovers," Automobile says.
The 2010 Hyundai Tucson earns great crash-test scores, and offers some innovative safety equipment.