2012 Hyundai Elantra Safety

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The 2012 Hyundai Elantra was an all-new model last year, and it's now been put through the full range of crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The verdict? Either excellent, or good with some reservations, depending on which you place greater weight. Our advice is that you should pay attention to both tests and consider the Elantra one of the safer picks in its class, but perhaps not the best. 

In IIHS testing, the Elantra lands the Top Safety Pick accolade, including top 'good' ratings in all categories of testing--including the new roof-strength test. But in the federal tests, the Elantra only managed three stars in frontal impact despite top five-star results in both side impact and the rigorous side-pole test.

Among budget-priced compact cars, not all safety equipment is always standard (stability control, for instance is sometimes optional in this class). But it's all here and standard across the model line: stability control; anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist; a new Steering Effort Assist system that helps steer you back toward stability and control in a skid; front seat-mounted side airbags; and front and rear side-curtain bags. A rearview camera system is also available, although outward visibility is quite good.

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra looks like a good choice for the safety-conscious small-car shopper, although its occupant-protection ratings aren't perfect.

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