• Apr 6, 2006
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the new 2006 Hyundai Azera a frontal offset impact rating of “Good”, the organization’s best rating for crashworthiness. Like many a Hyundai, the Azera’s virtually a padded room on wheels with Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS and eight airbags all standard.

The Azera’s “Good” rating gives Hyundai a full-boat of highly rated vehicles. All current model Hyundai vehicles tested by the IIHS, which includes the Elantra, Santa Fe, Sonata and XG300/XG350, have earned a “Good” frontal offset impact rating.

[Source: Hyundai and IIHS]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      #3, Check out J.D. Power and Associates Press releases and search for 'vds'. Compare the difference in PP100 for Toyota in Japan vs. Toyota in the USA (Both are 2004 reports). Then, look at the PP100 for Lexus (which at the time built all it's cars in Japan). While Toyota is still ahead of the domestic mainstream brands as a whole, it is painfully obvious that their North American operations just don't have the quality control that the Japanese plants do. The reason for this, that I was told by many TMMK employees is that there is a dire shortage of good, Japanese managers. When it comes to basic bolt turning and part installation, any labor will do, it just matters what the managers on the floor allow them to get away with. According to some of my friends, many American managers have piss poor attitudes, and have developed the 'good enough' mentality that is now killing GM, and the only reason these unreliable American managers have jobs is because Toyota's sales have exploded, and many Japanese managers are needed elsewhere. I'm confident that if there is any company that can bring this problem in line, it would be Toyota, and they do for the time being build all around great cars, so some brands may make a better showing here or there, but overall Toyota is still on top.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Kia sedona also got a 5 star safety rating, so expect the Hyundai entourage to recieve one as well!
      • 8 Years Ago
      As expected from Hyundai. What Toyota once was before the massive upsurge in sales and downturn in quality. Hyundai is next tho.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And the design prowess of a mid-'90s Camry or Accord. Boooooring and dated.
      • 8 Years Ago
      koba => Toyota's problems aren't on a couple managers in the U.S. plants. That is just stereotyping racism. Oh, like Japanese managers are sumo wrestlers who stomp around screaming, "DIE YANKEE WORKER!" and the U.S. managers are fat Archie Bunker types, eating donuts. The problems with Toyota's drop in reliability on the Avalon and higher level of recall is in the growth, and the cost cutting on materials, two things a manufacturer has to deal with when it becomes a giant. You lose touch. You want to keep your profit percentage going up at all costs. And, unfortunately for such a formerly quality concerned company, Toyota is slipping. Last I looked on here, 3 of the 8 recall articles were about Toyota.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Kia sedona also got a 5 star safety rating, so expect the Hyundai entourage to recieve one as well!

      http://www.itv-motoring.com/news/2006/april/06/9280.asp
      • 8 Years Ago
      Have plans to but a Azera soon but will wait for complete crash test results. All indications are that
      hyundai has a winner with the Azera but the gas mileage is somewhat of a concern.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Getting 5 Stars from NHTSA is okay, but the IIHS tests have always been the ones that have really mattered to me. Maybe it's Hyundai (and not the bankrupt Winn-Dixie) who should have a marketing campaign about 'getting better all the time'.