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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
'Good,' all categories of testing
'Superior' front crash prevention
Top Safety Pick+
Five stars Overall; five stars frontal and side impact; five stars rollover
Large luxury sedans have become rolling showcases for some of the latest accident-avoidance technology; and the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is no exception. It's quite the safety flagship for the Hyundai lineup.
In addition to nine standard airbags (with the addition of a driver's knee bag for 2015), the Genesis includes high-beam assist, a rearview camera system, and front and rear parking assistance.
When fully optioned, Hyundai says that the Genesis has a so-called Sensory Surround Safety System. That includes an advanced Automatic Emergency Braking System that will use radar sensors (also employed by the Smart Cruise Control system) to apply full braking at speeds of 5 to 50 mph, or partial braking at 50 to 112 mph, to help warn of a collision, lessen its severity, and/or completely avoid it, potentially. The Smart Cruise Control system now has four distance settings, and it will come to a full stop and restart with traffic ahead.
There's also a suite of active-safety features that includes Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), and Lane Change Assist (LCA)--each technologies that will help you spot vehicles (or potentially cyclists) in your blind spots. Separately, the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) will actually help keep you within lane boundaries—and actually make mild steering corrections to keep you in your lane of travel. The system can be turned off completely, and it otherwise has 'pre-departure' and 'post-departure' modes that let you select the level of intervention.
For many of these features, you'll also get haptic feedback (a vibration warning you of hazards); the Genesis is the first Hyundai to offer such a feature.
To help with all of these alerts, there's an available color heads-up display that shows shows speed as well as a number of other pieces of information—active-safety alerts and navigation prompts, for instance—only when relevant. We like the simplified layout of this system otherwise.
From the federal government's NCAP testing, the all-new Genesis Sedan earns the top five-star rating for frontal, side crash, and rollover categories—and in nearly all subcategories, including the side pole test, which simulates a 20-mph sideways collision with a utility pole or tree. The only exception where the Genesis earned four stars, rather than five, in the government's subcategories was for driver front-seat protection, in the 38.5-mph side barrier test.
But the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has already tested it, where it earned top 'good' ratings in all tests, including the tough small overlap frontal category—an especially difficult for a longitudinal, rear-wheel-drive sedan design like the Genesis.
With respect to active-safety features, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis has now caught up to the best from Germany, Japan, or Detroit.