The 2022 Genesis GV70 luxury compact crossover and G70 luxury compact sedan both earned Top Safety Pick+ awards from the IIHS, the insurance-industry funded safety agency announced on Thursday.
A Top Safety Pick+ is considered to be the most rigorous safety recognition in the industry, and vehicles that qualify must earn top "Good" marks in all six crash tests, come available with automatic emergency braking that earns at least an "Advanced" rating at avoiding or mitigating crashes with other vehicles and pedestrians, and also have "Good"-rated headlights.
The headlight rating is one of the few elements automakers can adjust between model years to appease IIHS testing for oncoming glare and outward vision on curves. The 2022 G70 sedan missed out on the "+" part of the TSP award due to standard LED projector lights that earned only a "Marginal" rating because its low beams created excessive glare to oncoming motorists. For models built after June, 2021, Genesis adjusted the aim of the headlights, reducing glare, and they earned a "Good" rating. Thus, 2022 G70s made from July on are TSP+ winners.
This example illustrates how safety agencies such as the IIHS and NHTSA can encourage automakers to enhance vehicles to make them safer and better. All five 2022 Genesis models now earn the highest TSP+ rating, joining only Volvo for a complete sweep of TSP+ awards across the whole lineup.
New for 2022, the GV70 also excelled in IIHS testing thanks to its standard safety features and standard LED headlights. The luxury crossover's automatic emergency braking system avoided a collision with other vehicles at speed tests of 12 mph and 25 mph to earn a "Superior" rating, and it earned an "Advanced" rating in avoiding crashes with pedestrians.