2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

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The all-electric 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the latest Hyundai vehicle to secure the Top Safety Pick Plus designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the award only applies to models built after December 2021.

Related: Here’s Every Car That Earned an IIHS Top Safety Award for 2022

What Are the Standards?

To qualify for the agency’s Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus designations, a vehicle needs to pass a series of crashworthiness tests: driver-side small overlap; passenger-side small overlap front; moderate overlap front; original side; roof strength; and head restraints and seats tests. The 2022 Ioniq 5 earned good ratings in the required crash-test criteria.

In addition to protecting occupants in the event of a crash, a Top Safety Pick contender must also offer safety features aimed at preventing an incident. A vehicle’s front crash prevention system must earn an advanced or superior rating in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. All Ioniq 5 models come with Hyundai’s SmartSense safety suite, which includes standard automatic emergency braking; the system scored superior ratings in both categories.

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In addition to the required crash prevention systems, the Ioniq 5 offers advanced driver-assist features including adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering down to a stop. The SEL and Limited models also offer Hyundai’s Highway Drive Assist II — a Level 2 semi-autonomous system for lane positioning and smart cruise control.

A vehicle’s headlight quality also determines if it qualifies for a Top Safety Pick or the higher-ranked Top Safety Pick Plus designation. While a Top Safety Pick must have at least one headlight system earn a good or acceptable rating, a vehicle needs to have good- or acceptable rated headlights across all of its trims to qualify for a Top Safety Pick Plus designation. The Ioniq 5 SEL and Limited models have good-rated LED headlights, while the base SE’s LEDs are acceptable.

Other Hyundai Top Safety Picks

The Ioniq 5 joins eight other Hyundai vehicles that have earned an IIHS award: the 2022 Palisade, Nexo, Santa Fe (built after July 2021) and Tucson get the Top Safety Pick Plus designation, while the 2022 Elantra, Sonata, Santa Cruz and Venue earn the next highest Top Safety Pick award.

The Competition

Among the Ioniq 5’s electric SUV rivals, the 2022 Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID.4 are IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus designees; the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E is a Top Safety Pick.

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