2016 Hyundai Tucson Earns Five-Star Safety Rating

16_Hyundai_Tucson_Five-Star_Safety_Rating.jpg 2016 Hyundai Tucson; | photo by Evan Sears

After earning the Insurance Institute for Highway’s Safety’s top safety award, Top Safety Pick Plus, Hyundai’s redesigned-for-2016 compact SUV also got the nod from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning a five-star rating.

Redesigned for the 2016 model year, the Hyundai Tucson compact SUV took on a tougher, upscale appearance and added an efficient, new 175-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine to its lineup as well as expanded cargo space and lots of new safety and convenience features.

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The 2016 Tucson earned scores of five stars out of five in NHTSA’s crashworthiness tests for both frontal and side collisions, and a score of four stars in its rollover test. Those scores were good for an overall rating of five stars. The scores apply to both the SUV’s all- and front-wheel-drive versions.

The 2015 Tucson received only a four-star overall rating, earning four stars in both its frontal-crash and rollover evaluations and five stars in side collisions. Competition is tough in the compact SUV class: the 2016 Toyota RAV4, a Tucson rival, also received the five-star overall safety rating. The 2016 Ford Escape fell short with a four-star overall rating; the 2016 Honda CR-V has not yet been fully tested by NHTSA, though the 2015 model received four stars.

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