Hyundai's redesigned compact sedan has received the highest possible crash test rating by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—Top Safety Pick+
That's a marked improvement over the previous generation Elantra, which didn't garner a Top Safety Pick award due to an Acceptable rating in the challenging small front overlap test. Additionally, the 2017 version of the Elantra offers a front crash prevention system, a requirement to qualify for as Top Safety Pick+ vehicle.
To qualify as a Top Safety Pick+, vehicles must ace a barrage of crash tests that measure both their safety structure and the way they hold occupants in place during a collision. Vehicles also need to boast head restraints that reduce the risk of whiplash and they must offer the aforementioned emergency braking as an option. The Top Safety Pick+ award only applies to vehicles with automatic braking. In the Elantra's case, that means that buyers must opt for the Limited trim level and the Ultimate Package. On the Elantra, that boosts the car's list price to $27,585.
The Elantra is the first 2017 model to join the vaunted Top Safety Pick+ charts, but it joins 2016 model year competitors like the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Golf.