Brett just got a brief taste of the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis a few days ago. He should be reassured to know the car already earned a rating of Top Safety Pick + from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
According to a Hyundai press release, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is the first and only rear-wheel drive vehicle in its class to earn the Top Safety Pick + rating from IIHS. However, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis only earns that rating if it is equipped with the optional front crash prevention system, the release said.
As an added superlative, Hyundai said the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan is the first rear-wheel drive luxury sedan to earn a Good rating on the small overlap frontal crash test — a test that is designed to simulate what happens when, for instance, an oncoming car crosses the center line and hits you, or when you run off the road and strike a bridge abutment at an acute angle. Many cars get slaughtered in the small overlap frontal crash test (if you don’t believe us, punch up “small overlap crash test” on YouTube sometime and watch with horror as your family car gets torn to shreds), so this is an impressive result.
IIHS President Adrian Lund said, “The Top Safety Pick+ designation recognizes state-of-the-art safety. The new Genesis is not only engineered to protect people when crashes happen, but with its optional automatic emergency braking system rated superior in our tests, this car can help drivers avoid some of the most common kinds of collisions altogether.”
Hyundai Motor America Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning Mike O’Brien said, “IIHS Top Safety Picks are important ratings in vehicle crash test safety. Genesis’ Top Safety Pick+ recognition further reinforces its segment leadership in delivering advanced safety performance and technology as well as a host of world-class active and passive safety features.”
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis features a ton of safety equipment, according to Hyundai. From the press release:
Genesis’ suite of safety features aim to prevent accidents and maximize the safety of its occupants in the event of a collision. The all-new 2015 Genesis uses new Sensory Surround SafetyTM technology including a Hyundai first, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), utilizing sensor fusion technology to help avoid a potential collision or reduce its impact. With this system, Genesis will employ automatic braking whenever it detects another vehicle at an unsafe closing rate of speed. This system uses the front radar from the Smart Cruise Control system and the forward camera from the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) to provide this extra margin of safety. In addition, Genesis combines available LDW with all-new Lane Keep Assist (LKA) to provide a driver-adjustable level of steering assist to help prevent inadvertent lane departure when a vehicle approaches the edge of a lane and also provides steering wheel haptic vibration feedback.
Genesis is generously equipped with new, advanced technologies, many of them Hyundai firsts. A new driver-selectable Intelligent Drive Mode allows drivers to select from four drive modes depending on conditions and driving preferences. A new Blind-Spot Detection system (BSD) helps monitor traffic around the car and for Genesis’ equipped with the Heads-Up Display (HUD), the BSD system indicators also project onto the windshield, nearer the driver’s view of the road, a segment first. Lane Change Assist (LCA) helps detect vehicles approaching towards its rear side at high speeds, especially during higher-speed driving, while Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) scans areas to each side of the car when drivers are backing out of parking spaces. No other sedan in Genesis’ class offers the combination of BSD, LCA and RCTA.
Genesis also benefits from a world-first technology in its CO2 sensor control system. Hyundai engineers discovered that occupants start to get drowsy when CO2 levels reached more than 2,000 parts per million, so the new ventilation system helps ensure the cabin maintains a CO2 concentration well below that level at all times using freshly-ventilated ambient air.