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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Four stars overall; four stars frontal; five stars side
'Good,' frontal, side, rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'poor' small overlap frontal
Rear visibility is compromised
Overall, the Hyundai Tucson has fared well for safety. Results aren't yet out for the 2014 model, and while there are major powertrain and suspension changes, the structure carries over. So with caution, we recommend that you use last year's safety results as a starting point.
Looking at its safety set first; this is a model that covers all the usual bases for safety-conscious shoppers. In addition to all the usual airbags and stability systems, hill descent control is also standard, along with brake assist, tire pressure monitors, and active headrests. A rearview camera is available, and Bluetooth is now standard.
And if you do that, the Tucson hasn't done all that well compared to its peers. The insurance industry-funded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested the Tucson in all its categories and given it all 'good' ratings--except for one very noteworthy fail: a 'poor' rating in the important new small overlap frontal test.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), otherwise, has renewed the Tucson's overall score of four stars, which includes a four-star score on frontal impact protection and rollover resistance, and a top five-star score in both the side impact and side pole tests.
One noteworthy positive is that, among other class competitors--and despite the curvaceous body--outward visibility is quite good in the Tucson.
The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is no high achiever for safety, but all the other indications are good.