October 8, 2019, America – The 2019 Hyundai NEXO hydrogen fuel cell electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) has earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for vehicles built after June 2019.
Hyundai NEXO, which is only available in California, is the first such hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that IIHS has tested.
“A vehicle such as NEXO would not normally be included in the IIHS routine test schedule, but Hyundai nominated its own NEXO for early testing. Evaluating the NEXO was also beneficial to IIHS, by offering its first early opportunity to evaluate a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle,” said Hyundai Motor America in a statement.
To qualify for a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must earn good rating in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint test.
It also needs an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating. The NEXO, a midsize premium SUV, has good ratings in all six crash-worthiness tests.
“Hyundai and its engineering team continue to make vehicles even safer with the addition of active standard safety features, prioritising cutting-edge safety and convenience at the forefront of the driving experience,” said its director of product planning Scott Margason.
Its standard front crash prevention system earned a superior rating. The vehicle avoided collisions in 12 mph and 25 mph track test and has a forward collision warning system that meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria. In addition, NEXO comes with standard high-beam assist, which may automatically switch between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.
“Our NEXO further emphasises this priority on safety, with generous driver-assistance technologies and excellent passenger protection in a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle,” Scoot said.