Is safety your priority when you get behind the wheel? Before you choose your next new sedan or SUV, you may want to look into Hyundai safety ratings. Many different crash test organizations rate Hyundai cars and SUVs highly in terms of their safety in an accident.

We want to give Saint Peters, St. Charles, St. Louis, and O'Fallon, MO, drivers a look at those ratings. See what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have to say, courtesy of our team at St. Charles Hyundai! 

2021 Hyundai Safety Ratings Quick Facts

The 2021 Hyundai lineup is filled with award-winning models. Check out this overview below of the distinctions earned by the vehicles mentioned in this article:


IIHS Award


Hyundai Elantra


5-Star Overall Safety Rating

Hyundai Santa Fe


5-Star Overall Safety Rating

Hyundai Sonata


5-Star Overall Safety Rating

Hyundai Tucson


5-Star Overall Safety Rating

Hyundai Kona


5-Star Overall Safety Rating

Hyundai Palisade


5-Star Overall Safety Rating

Continue reading below to learn more about these honors and how these impressive models earned them.

Hyundai Elantra Safety Ratings

For many motorists, efficiency is key to the appeal of the Hyundai Elantra. That quality is complemented by an outstanding commitment to safety. The Elantra has been awarded the 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK, one of the highest distinctions offered by the IIHS. It applies particularly to the vehicle's specific headlights.

Take a look at the breakdown of this score: 



Specific Features




LED projector

Limited trim 

The NHTSA has also honored the 2021 Hyundai Elantra by awarding it with a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. The Elantra earned a perfect score for side crash and rollover tests. This score is in part thanks to this model's standard Lane Departure Warning system.

Compact cars are safer than ever these days, and the Elantra is living proof!

Hyundai Santa Fe Safety Ratings

The Hyundai Santa Fe is most popular with families. A midsize SUV with plenty of space, this vehicle can do an admirable job of keeping you safe in the event of an accident. It earned the 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK distinction from the IIHS for trim levels equipped with specific headlights. 

The Santa Fe has another claim to fame: It earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA for the 2021 model year. That score includes a 5-Star Safety Rating on: 

  • Side crash tests
  • Frontal crash tests
  • Rollover tests

Available safety technologies, like Dynamic Brake Support and Forward Collision Warning, help the Santa Fe earn these scores and help you avoid collisions. 

Hyundai Sonata Safety Ratings

The Hyundai Sonata can hang its hat on high safety ratings. This midsize sedan has earned the 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK distinction from the IIHS. The rating applies to the Limited and Hybrid Limited trims, which feature upgraded LED projector beam headlamps.

The 2021 Sonata comes standard with numerous safety technologies, like:

  • Forward Collision Warning 
  • Lane Departure Warning 
  • Crash Imminent Braking 
  • Dynamic Brake Support

The combination of these technologies allowed the 2021 Sonata to earn a perfect 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA. It scored a 5-Star Safety Rating on the side crash and rollover tests, which factor into that score.

Hyundai Tucson Safety Ratings

As a compact SUV, the Hyundai Tucson is among the most versatile vehicles in the lineup. This crossover has also made a name for itself with standout safety ratings. 

It was awarded the 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK designation from the IIHS. The rating applies to the Ultimate trim with its front crash prevention system and specific LED projection headlights on the following trims:

  • Ultimate
  • Sport
  • Limited

The 2021 Tucson also earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA, thanks to a perfect score in frontal and side crash testing.

Hyundai Kona Safety Ratings

The 2021 Hyundai Kona is a subcompact SUV that energizes morning carpools and can be easily converted into your afternoon-adventure car. Thanks to its suite of advanced safety features, this model has also earned the 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK distinction from the IIHS. 

This rating applies to trims equipped with the available Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection feature for its optional frontal crash prevention system. This rating also applies to specific headlights equipped on the Limited and Night trims. 

In addition, the 2021 Kona earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA, thanks to a perfect score in frontal and side crash tests. 

Hyundai Palisade Safety Ratings

Joining the ranks of safe and secure Hyundai SUVs is the 2021 Palisade. This midsize SUV was named a 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK+. This means that it received an overall evaluation of "Good" in a majority of tests, including:



Small overlap front: driver-side 


Roof strength


Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle


Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian


The NHTSA also awarded the 2021 Palisade with a favorable distinction: a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. Specifically, the Hyundai Palisade earned this score for its performance in side and frontal crash tests. 

While driving to your vacation rental with the whole family in the back, you can feel confident knowing that your 2021 Hyundai Palisade has your back (and front and side).  

Explore Safety Scores at St. Charles Hyundai

There are so many Hyundai vehicles out there and we've covered many of them here. Learning about the safety scores of the various models we offer and their impressive safety scores can help you make a confident choice in your next Hyundai. If you want to learn more about the safety ratings for the Hyundai lineup, reach out to our team.

We're happy to help Saint Peters, O'Fallon, St. Louis, and St. Charles, MO, drivers explore safety scores in detail. If you want to get behind the wheel, book a test drive at our dealership today!

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