Crash-test ratings for the 2010 Hyundai Elantra are just acceptable, with mostly five-star ratings in federal tests but four stars for side impact. The IIHS gives it "acceptable" ratings for rear impact and a "marginal" rating for side impact. Front, side, and curtain airbags are standard across the Elantra lineup, as are anti-lock brakes and active head restraints. Stability control and brake assist are standard on the SE and included on Touring models.
The Elantra sedan earns an "acceptable" rating for rear impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but just "marginal" in side impact. It also gets a mid-pack four stars for side impact in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests. It gets top frontal impact scores from both tests, though.
The 2010 Elantra lineup includes side and curtain airbags, as virtually all small car models now do. MotherProof points out "six standard airbags in the Elantra, including side-curtain airbags for the back seat." Also standard are anti-lock brakes and active head restraints; stability control and brake assist are standard on the SE for the new model year as well.
Relevant to busy parents, MotherProof says that "three car seats will not fit in the back seat ... so take note of the fact that while the Elantra has the most interior space in its class, it's still not a school bus."
On the Elantra sedan, visibility looks to be an issue. "The back shelf comes up so high it's difficult to see out the rear window," comments MotherProof. "It would seem odd to wish for a backup camera in a small budget car, but I do with the Elantra." Kelley Blue Book also reports that "visibility is slightly hampered aft and to right rear."