The 2020 Hyundai Venue, the South Korean automaker’s smallest “SUV” (we put that in quotes because it doesn’t offer all-wheel drive and is more like a tall hatchback, though Hyundai calls it an SUV, so we’re playing along) is the latest recipient of the Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the insurance-industry-backed crash-testing organization’s second-highest safety award.
To qualify as a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must receive a score of good (on a scale of good, acceptable, marginal or poor) in six crashworthiness tests: driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints.
Additionally, a vehicle must offer a front crash prevention system that scores superior or advanced (on a scale of superior, advanced or basic) in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian collision avoidance tests. The Venue’s standard front crash prevention system earned a superior rating in vehicle-to-vehicle tests and advanced in vehicle-to-pedestrian. An optional system earned a superior rating in both tests.
Lastly, at least one set of a vehicle’s headlights must earn a score of good or acceptable in headlight testing. The Venue’s optional LED headlights — available on the Denim and SEL with the Premium Package — are rated as acceptable. The standard halogen headlights on the SE, SEL and SEL with the Convenience Package are rated as marginal.
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To qualify for the IIHS’ highest rating, Top Safety Pick Plus, all of a vehicle’s headlight options need to score as acceptable at minimum. Since the Venue’s standard headlights earned a marginal rating, it’s ineligible for that designation.
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