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2024 Genesis G80 and G90 Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Status

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The Genesis G80 and G90 luxury sedans have both earned Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ awards for the 2024 model year despite stricter requirements to qualify for the status. IIHS is continually updating the criteria for its Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards, demanding more of vehicles to qualify.

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For 2023, the side-impact crash test evolved, with a heavier barrier now striking the test vehicle at higher speed to better simulate today’s larger vehicles. IIHS also recently updated its moderate overlap front test, which still involves the test vehicle traveling at 40 mph and striking a barrier that covers 40% of the vehicle’s total width on the driver’s side. The face of the barrier is made from a deformable aluminum honeycomb to simulate a head-on collision between two vehicles of similar size.

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More Dummy, Better Data

Now, in addition to the dummy in the driver’s seat, another dummy behind that one measures the likelihood of injury to a child or small woman in the backseat. Whereas the top score of good in the original test — with only one dummy in the car — was sufficient for a car to earn Top Safety Pick+ honors in 2023, a car only needs the second-best rating of acceptable in the updated test with the backseat dummy for 2024. The model-year 2024 versions of both the G80 and G90 earned good ratings in the original test and acceptable ratings in the updated test. The award applies to 2024 models of the sedans that were built after October 2023, which is when Genesis updated the rear seatbelts to improve protection.

To qualify as a Top Safety Pick+, vehicles must also earn good ratings in the updated side-impact test, as well as the small overlap front test. The latter simulates a crash with a tree or a pole by sending a vehicle at 40 mph into a rigid barrier that covers 25% of its width. Additionally, vehicles must include headlights that rank at least acceptable across the line and have a forward collision warning system that earns a good rating in a pedestrian-detection test. The G80 and G90 met all requirements.

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