2020 Hyundai Palisade Earns IIHS Top Honor

The Hyundai Palisade, which is all new for 2019, earns a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when it’s equipped with the optional LED headlights.

To qualify for a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle has to earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It must also earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and be equipped with good headlights.

The 2020 Palisade, which is built on the same platform as the Kia Telluride, and earns good ratings in the six IIHS crashworthiness tests. The standard front crash prevention system earns a superior rating — with an autobrake system that successfully avoided collisions in both the 12 and 25 mph IIHS track tests.

Hyundai SUV models that have achieved these honors from the IIHS are the Kona, Tucson (built after March 2019), Santa Fe, Santa Fe XL, and NEXO (built after June 2019).

The Palisade is Hyundai’s 13th vehicle to receive a TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating. As a result, Hyundai is now the most-awarded brand in the automotive industry by IIHS in 2019 with six models earning TOP SAFETY PICK ratings and seven earning TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings.

The vehicle earns a good rating for headlights when equipped with optional LED projectors. However, the base halogen headlights are rated marginal, which means models equipped with the base headlights don’t qualify for the either the TOP SAFETY PICK+ or the lower-tier TOP SAFETY PICK award. Both headlight options include high-beam assist, a system that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.

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