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Hyundai Santa Fe and Elantra Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Hyundai Santa Fe and Elantra have just earned a 2021 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with specific headlights. Impressively the Elantra and Santa Fe are Hyundai’s 8th and 9th to receive a 2021 Top Safety Pick (TSP) or TSP+ rating. Hyundai has 7 models with a TSP rating and 2 earning the top rating of TSP+, and all Hyundai SUVs have a TSP or TSP+ rating.

“These top ratings prove our commitment to safety,” 

said Brian Latouf, chief safety officer, Hyundai Motor North America. 

“Being an industry leader in safety and IIHS accolades is foundational to our brand, and we continually strive to provide outstanding passenger safety to our customers.”

How do Vehicles Qualify to be IIHS Top Safety Picks?

To qualify for TSP, vehicles must earn good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. They must also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests and good- or acceptable-rated headlights. For the higher-tier TSP+ award, good or acceptable headlights must be standard on all models, regardless of trim level. 

Looking for more information on Hyundai’s impressive safety features? Check out our previous posts on Hyundai’s Lane Keep Assist and Brake Assist System.  

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Hyundai – The Safest Vehicles on the Road

Hyundai vehicles are probably best known for their reliability and incredible value through Hyundai’s industry best warranty, fully equipped vehicles, and competitive pricing. The engineers and designers at Hyundai are making sure that safety is something you should think about when considering a Hyundai as well. The 2021 Hyundai Palisade received a 2020 top safety pick+ (TSP+) award earlier this week from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). With this honor, Hyundai has the most combined TSP+ and Top Safety Pick (TSP) rated vehicles across all vehicle manufacturers. Hyundai now has 11 award-winning vehicles, after being tied for the most safety awards last year. 

The Hyundai Palisade achieved its TSP+ rating by making LED headlights standard across all 2021 trim levels. In fact, all Hyundai SUV models have TSP or TSP+ awards which means no matter which Hyundai SUV you choose, you can do so confidently that you and your loved ones will be safe.

Hyundai’s TOP SAFETY PICK+/TOP SAFETY PICK award winning SUVs are:

1. Hyundai Venue SUV – TSP with specific headlights

2.Hyundai Kona SUV – TSP with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

3. Hyundai Tucson SUV – TSP with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

4. Hyundai Santa Fe SUV – TSP with specific headlights

5. Hyundai Nexo SUV – TSP+

6. Hyundai Palisade SUV – TSP+

7. Hyundai Palisade SUV (2020 Model Year) – TSP with specific headlights

Hyundai’s TOP SAFETY PICK winning cars are:

1. Hyundai Elantra – TSP with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

2.  Hyundai Elantra GT – TSP with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

3. Hyundai Veloster – TSP with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

4. Hyundai Sonata – TSP with specific headlights

To earn a TSP+ the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs numerous crash tests at various speeds and angles. Only vehicles that consistently perform well across all crash tests receive top marks.

“The IIHS continues to set a very high bar for Top Safety Pick awards,” said Brian Latouf Chief Safety Officer, Hyundai Motor North America. “Performing well in these tests helps keep our customers and their families safe.”

Contact our sales department to arrange a viewing for one of the 11 Hyundai Top Safety Picks today!

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Brake Assist System (BAS)

What Is Hyundai’s Brake Assist System (BAS)?

Hyundai’s Brake Assist System (BAS) is a form of automatic emergency braking technology that will become mandatory on all new vehicles over the next couple of years. The job of BAS is to shorten the stopping distance under emergency braking situations by working with the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and vehicle stability management (VSM) systems to avoid wheel lock-up and making braking as effective as possible. Most of us don’t have the reaction time of a racecar driver, Hyundai’s BAS helps make up for the delay between seeing a stalled vehicle, sudden object or pedestrian and actually applying the brakes by stopping in a much shorter distance than otherwise possible.

How Does the Brake Assist System (BAS) work?

Hyundai’s Brake Assist System (BAS) is always active while operating the vehicle. BAS is designed to secure control of the vehicle using the VSM to stop the wheels from slipping and the ABS shorten the braking distance in emergency/hard stopping situations by increasing the power that is provided to the brakes. This is possible by optimizing the distribution of the power to the brakes between all 4 wheels. On top of this, the brake override system makes the engine return to idle, which gives priority to the braking system in the event the driver accidentally presses both pedals in a panicked situation. All of these systems work seamlessly together to help Hyundai drivers stop faster, and to lessen or completely remove the damage caused by an accident.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Brake Assist System (BAS)

Hyundai’s BAS is available on all new Hyundai vehicles, including the 5 star safety rated Santa Fe. The Brake Assist System (BAS) is one of those things you don’t know you need until you use it, providing additional braking power can be a lifesaver for your wallet and in more serious situations even your loved ones. To get more information on Hyundai’s BAS contact one of our vehicle specialists who can cover the system in detail. Or stop by Spokane Hyundai’s showroom and check out the lineup of 2021 Hyundai’s loaded with safety and tech features for yourself today.

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Lane Keep Assist (LKA)

What is Hyundai’s Lane Keep Assist (LKA)?

Hyundai’s passive safety features are designed to make every day driving a safer experience. Driver safety has been severely impacted by distracted driving in recent years, over 400,000 people were injured in collisions involving a distracted driver in 2018 alone. The Lane Keep Assist (LKA) system is designed to keep drivers safe within their designated lanes and is active as long as the turn signals are not activated. Using a forward mounted camera LKA can detect road markings in front of the vehicle. If LKA detects you are drifting out of your lane an audible and visual warning sound to alert the driver, if no action is taken the system will provide a slight steering adjustment to keep the vehicle in the appropriate lane.

How Does Hyundai’s Lane Keep Assist (LKA) Work?

In order to activate the Lane Keep Assist (LKA) system you will need to:

  • Turn on the vehicle and press the LKA button located to the left of your steering wheel
  • For the system to become active you must not have your turn signal on, the vehicle must be travelling faster than 40 mph and lane markings must be visible. 
  • Once the system becomes active, the LKA icon will appear solid green on your instrument panel. 
  • LKA is now active and will first provide an audible and visual warning if you stray out of your lane and will actively steer you back into your lane if necessary. 

Some models may have a different method to activate your LKA system. Contact one of our many product specialists if you are having any trouble activating LKA on your vehicle.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Lane Keep Assist (LKA)

Hyundai’s Lane Keep Assist technology is widely available on new Kia models including our incredible selection of 2021 Hyundai Tucsons. Contact Spokane Hyundai today or stop by our showroom located on Sprague Avenue in the Spokane Valley if you want to experience LKA or any of the other innovative safety features packed into Hyundai’s 2021 lineup.

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Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)

What is Hyundai’s Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)?

There are around 6 million vehicle accidents every year in the United States, 6% of which end in fatal collisions. Hyundai strives to combat this growing problem by developing a set of safety and technology features that can reduce the damage done by collisions or even avoid them completely. With this in mind, Hyundai has deployed the Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) across its 2020 and 2021 models. BCW uses radar sensors located in the rear bumper to scan any vehicles in your blind-spot in conjunction with a forward facing camera to detect the lane markers in front of you.

The Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) system works by scanning your blind-spot area for any approaching vehicles, if the system detects a vehicle a small icon appears on your side mirror to alert the driver that a vehicle is unseen in your blindspot. If you activate your turn signal to the side where the vehicle is in your blind-spot, the system will sound an audible alert to further warn the driver. The Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) works on top of BCW to provide additional safety, and if needed, take control of the vehicle to prevent an imminent collision. The system will brake and steer the vehicle back into its original lane If the driver is unaware of the audio and visual warnings that a vehicle is in your blind-spot.

How Does Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) Work?

Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) are activated in different ways depending on the model you have.

Check out this great video from Hyundai on how to activate and customize the system on various models.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Blind-spot Collision Warning & Collision-Avoidance Assist

Hyundai’s BCW is widely available across all Hyundai vehicles. The collision-avoidance assist option is available on vehicles like the Sonata and the award winning Palisade. Contact Spokane Hyundai today to get more information on Hyundai’s Blind-spot technology, or visit our showroom to try it for yourself on one of our many test drive units.

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Smart Cruise Control (SCC)

What is Hyundai’s Smart Cruise Control? (SCC)

American worker commuter times are currently at an all time high, with the average driver spending over 9 calendar days commuting to work every year.  Since you are spending so much time commuting why not make the experience a more enjoyable and relaxing one? Hyundai has answered the call by developing the Smart Cruise Control (SCC) system, making your daily commute, and long road trips a more stress-free experience. SCC works by using a forward mounted radar system to detect the distance and speed of all vehicles in front of your Hyundai.

The system is able to maintain a set speed like normal cruise control but also will slow down to a complete stop or speed up to maintain a certain distance from the vehicle in front of you. This means that when you set your SCC you don’t have to constantly brake and speed up to adjust your speed to match the traffic and vehicle in front of you. You are able to customize the SCC settings to follow closer or further away depending on the traffic you are currently experiencing. The helplessness of being stuck in a bad traffic jam can cause serious stress, Hyundai’s Smart Cruise Control (SCC) is an easy way to lessen it.

How Does Smart Cruise Control (SCC) Work?

In order to activate Smart Cruise Control (SCC) you will need to:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is turned and the engine is running.
2. Press the “Cruise” button located on the top right of your steering wheel.

3. To activate SCC press the “Set Speed” button. Reduce or increase the speed by pressing up or down.

4. To adjust the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you press the “SCC” (car icon) button. The system is now on and will adjust speed automatically.

Here is a video from Hyundai explaining how to activate and adjust the system in more detail.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Smart Cruise Control (SCC)

The Smart Cruise Control (SCC) system is widely available on new Hyundai vehicles including the Palisade and Tucson. Are you ready to feel stress fade away on your daily commute by trying the SCC yourself? Contact one of our sales specialists to arrange a viewing and test drive or simply stop by our showroom to get more information on Smart Cruise Control or any other exclusive Hyundai safety technology.

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Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection

What is Hyundai’s Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA)?

Distracted driving leads to over 1.6 million vehicle collisions every year and an astonishing 1 out of 4 accidents in the US are caused by a distracted driver. With these staggeringly high numbers, you will undoubtedly encounter distracted drivers when you are out and about driving in your vehicle. As an industry leader, Hyundai has introduced numerous groundbreaking safety features to combat the effects of distracted driving like the Hyundai Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) system.

Using a combination of radar technology and camera sensors the FCA can detect if you are about to collide with a vehicle in front of you by measuring the speed of vehicles and objects in front of you. The FCA system will provide an audio and visual warning to the driver to alert them they are rapidly approaching another vehicle. If you are still rapidly approaching the vehicle in front of you the FCA system will apply the brakes to avoid the collision. If your Hyundai is equipped with FCA with Pedestrian detection then the system will also detect pedestrians at crosswalks and similarly apply the brakes if need be.

How Does Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) Work?

In order to activate Hyundai’s FCA system you will need to:

Ensure the vehicle is turned on and use the LCD display control button on the right side of your steering wheel to get to the user settings menu.

Continue to the driver assistance menu and select forward safety.

From here you can select which setting works best for you. Active Assist will apply the brakes to slow down the vehicle if need be. Warning only, as it sounds, will only provide the audio and visual warnings and will rely on the driver of the vehicle to brake appropriately.

Check out this video from Hyundai USA for a more detailed explanation.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection

Hyundai’s FCA is a simple and easy way to avoid the true cost of distracted driving. This safety feature is widely available on new 2020 and 2021 Hyundai models including the Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata entry level models. If you have any questions on Hyundai’s FCA system or any other of Hyundai’s exclusive safety technology don’t hesitate to contact one of our product specialists at (509) 944-3600. Or drop by our showroom located on Sprague avenue in the Spokane valley.