Since its introduction for the 2011 model year, the current generation of the Elantra has been engineered to perform better in crash testing. That said, some testing requirements were tightened in recent years, leading to a slight decrease in the Elantra's overall standing. At this point, it is not the top performer in its segment, but still turns in respectable ratings.
The Elantra comes with standard 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 in the sedan even without it.
Federal safety officials give the Elantra sedan five stars overall, with a four-star rating for frontal impacts and rollover resistance, and five stars for side impacts.
In testing over at the IIHS, the Elantra sedan has earned the Top Safety Pick accolade in previous years, including top "Good" ratings in all categories of testing—including the new roof-strength test—except for an "Acceptable" rating in the new small-overlap test.