2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, an electric small SUV, just earned Top Safety Pick+ status.  -  Photo: Hyundai

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, an electric small SUV, just earned Top Safety Pick+ status.

Photo: Hyundai

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently recognized the all-new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, an electric small SUV, with its highest safety accolade — bringing the automaker to a total of nine coveted safety awards from IIHS for 2022 models.

In the case of the Ioniq 5, the award applies to vehicles built after December 2021. The electric vehicle charged through a series of crashworthiness evaluations, acing each with good scores. These included the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. 

But to earn Top Safety Pick+ status, vehicles must also be available with a front crash prevention system that scores advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. Moreover, good or acceptable headlights must be standard across all trims.

The Ioniq 5 meets all the requirements for the highest-tier award. Its standard front crash prevention system garnered superior ratings in the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. The SEL and Limited trims come equipped with good-rated LED projector headlights, while the SE trim comes with LED reflectors that earn an acceptable rating.

The Ioniq 5 joins four other models from the automaker that captured Top Safety Pick+ status in recent months. These include the Hyundai Palisade, Hyundai Nexo, Hyundai Santa Fe (built after July 2021), and Hyundai Tucson.

In addition, Hyundai boasts four more vehicles that captured the second–tier award — Top Safety Pick — in recent months. These include the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Santa Cruz, and Hyundai Venue.

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