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.
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.