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2019 Hyundai NEXO Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Fred Meier

Hyundai’s 2019 Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell SUV, currently sold only in California, has earned the highest rating or Top Safety Pick Plus in testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for all vehicles built after June 2019 with improved standard headlights. It is the first fuel-cell vehicle to go through IIHS crashworthiness testing.

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Testing a car with such limited availability is unusual for IIHS, but the insurance-industry-sponsored safety-testing organization said Hyundai nominated the SUV and IIHS saw it as “an early opportunity to evaluate a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.” The Nexo earned top marks in all crashworthiness tests by IIHS, which have toughened for 2019 with the added requirement for Top Safety Pick Plus of the highest score of good (out of good, acceptable, marginal or poor) in IIHS’ new passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The Nexo also got the top score of superior (out of superior, advanced, basic or none) for its standard forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking. The system avoided frontal collisions from both 12 mph and 25 mph in IIHS testing.

The Nexo also got the requisite good score for its only available headlight system for vehicles built after June when, IIHS said, Hyundai adjusted the lights’ factory aim “to provide better visibility, particularly through curves.” The headlights also have standard automatic high beams. Vehicles ...

Hyundai’s 2019 Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell SUV, currently sold only in California, has earned the highest rating or Top Safety Pick Plus in testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for all vehicles built after June 2019 with improved standard headlights. It is the first fuel-cell vehicle to go through IIHS crashworthiness testing.

Related: 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: 8 Things We Like (and 4 Not So Much)

Testing a car with such limited availability is unusual for IIHS, but the insurance-industry-sponsored safety-testing organization said Hyundai nominated the SUV and IIHS saw it as “an early opportunity to evaluate a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.” The Nexo earned top marks in all crashworthiness tests by IIHS, which have toughened for 2019 with the added requirement for Top Safety Pick Plus of  the highest score of good (out of good, acceptable, marginal or poor) in IIHS’ new passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The Nexo also got the top score of superior (out of superior, advanced, basic or none) for its standard forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking. The system avoided frontal collisions from both 12 mph and 25 mph in IIHS testing.

The Nexo also got the requisite good score for its only available headlight system for vehicles built after June when, IIHS said, Hyundai adjusted the lights’ factory aim “to provide better visibility, particularly through curves.” The headlights also have standard automatic high beams. Vehicles built before June have headlights previously rated as acceptable, which, along with the other test results, qualifies earlier Nexos variants for the second-level Top Safety Pick award from IIHS.

See how the Nexo stacks up against other more conventional mid-size luxury SUVs in IIHS testing here.

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Hyundai NEXO currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Hyundai NEXO Blue

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The NEXO received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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