Hyundai Awards Spotlight - Gossett Hyundai - Memphis, TN

2020 Hyundai IIHS Top Safety Pick+ & Top Safety Pick Vehicles

Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognizes the vehicles that perform admirably in crash testing and other evaluations by awarding the Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards. For 2020, the IIHS updated the standards for both TSP and TSP+ awards, creating tougher criteria for the rigorous tests. 

To earn a Top Safety Pick award, the vehicle must earn a Good rating in all IIHS crash tests, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. The car needs to earn an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention and an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. For the headlight rating, the vehicle must receive an Acceptable or Good rating using optional lights. 

The Top Safety Pick+ award winners must also receive scores of Good in the crash tests, as well as an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. What distinguishes the Top Safety Pick+ vehicles from the Top Safety Pick winners is the headlight score. For the 2020 TSP+ vehicles, the headlight score of Good or Acceptable must be found standard on all models of the vehicle, not just on certain trim levels or presented as an optional feature.

2020 Top Safety Pick winners include:
Hyundai Elantra and Elantra GT
Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Kona
Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Palisade
Hyundai Santa Fe

2020 Top Safety Pick+ winners include:
Hyundai Nexo

When you shop Hyundai, you've got a lot of top-notch, safe vehicles to choose from. Check out our lineup of TSP and TSP+ winners at Gossett Hyundai!


J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Initial Quality Study

The J.D. Power IQS has been rating vehicles for 34 years based on the problems owners report during their first 90 days of driving. This year's study focuses on 2020 models, 33 automotive brands and survey responses from 87,282 owners. Each vehicle receives a score, represented by PP100 - the reported problems per 100 vehicles. The lower the score a vehicle earns the higher quality you can expect from it.

Best Compact SUV

The Hyundai Tucson earned the top spot in its segment of compact SUV.

Best Compact Sporty Car

Taking first place in the compact sporty car segment is the fun-to-drive and uniquely styled Hyundai Veloster.

Notable Finishes

Driving into second place of their vehicle categories in the J.D. Power IQS were the Hyundai Accent (small car) and Hyundai Elantra (compact car). The Hyundai Santa Fe performed well, too, securing a third place finish in its category of midsize SUV.

See what these dependable vehicles can do for you at Gossett Hyundai in Memphis, TN.

2020 North American Car of the Year

The North American Car of the Year award is given annually to the top vehicles on the market. This year, there were 46 eligible vehicles, from which 50 automotive journalists selected the best in leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and overall value. The conclusion: the Hyundai Sonata was named a finalist, offering impressive performance and bang for your buck. The Hyundai Palisade also went on to be named a finalist for the Utility Vehicle of the Year Award segment.

Selecting a Winner

The North American Car of the Year Award is evaluated by the top journalists in the United States and Canada (hence the name), a process that started in June 2019. There are three rounds of voting to narrow the field to only the best vehicles. The other finalists for Car of the Year include the Chevrolet Corvette and Toyota Supra. In the past, Hyundai won the overall award in 2009, 2012, 2019, with finalists in 2011 and 2015.

"Every year, manufacturers continue to produce impressive styling and high-quality vehicles with improved safety, more features, more performance and better efficiency. Our job is to evaluate each eligible vehicle and help consumers make wiser choices by presenting the best in each category," said NACTOY President Lauren Fix.

Hyundai Sonata: Style & Tech

Judges noted that the Hyundai Sonata was selected for its incredibly stylish design, the modern cabin, and the affordable price tag. This all-new sports coupe comes with available features such as a blind-spot view monitor, remote smart parking assist, leather seating, and a Heads-Up Display (HUD) system. Under the hood is a 180-horsepower turbocharged engine, with 36 highway mpg.*

Hyundai Palisade: Exceptional Utility

The three-row Hyundai Palisade has seating for eight people and a range of high-tech amenities. The judges of the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Award noted that the Palisade is particularly notable for its bold exterior, as well as a wide variety of innovative driver assist technologies such as standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and available Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance. 

It's not every year an automaker can claim to have a car as the finalist of the prestigious 2020 North American Car of the Year awards. It's even more impressive that Hyundai had not just one but two vehicles named as finalists. Learn more about the Sonata and Palisade at Gossett Hyundai!

*2020 Sonata SE: 28 City/38 Hwy/32 Combined MPG. 2020 Sonata SEL: 27 City/37 Hwy/31 Combined MPG. 2020 Sonata SEL Plus/Limited: 27 City/36 Hwy/31 Combined MPG All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

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