Last post on May 20, 2010 at 7:55 AM
You are in the Hyundai Elantra
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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
#3 of 6 Re: 2010 Elantras safer if made after 11/09? [backy]
May 19, 2010 (5:45 pm)
Thanks. I guess that's what I'm trying to discover: whether the changes didn't affect the rating on subsequent tests or the rating stayed the same because the car hasn't been retested.
#4 of 6 Re: 2010 Elantras safer if made after 11/09? [blebnevus]
May 19, 2010 (6:10 pm)
That is pretty easy to determine by just looking at the NHTSA test results on safercar.gov. From what's shown there, it's clear the car they tested was a 2007 Elantra, not 2010.
#5 of 6 Re: 2010 Elantras safer if made after 11/09? [backy]
May 20, 2010 (3:40 am)
I drilled down into the site, and it appears you're right -- which is amazing. Surely most consumers assume, as I did, that the ratings featured on the window sticker of a 2010 car apply to a 2010 car, not to a car made three or four years ago that may or may not have the same design as the current one!
#6 of 6 Re: 2010 Elantras safer if made after 11/09? [blebnevus]
May 20, 2010 (7:55 am)
It's even worse than that, for the NHTSA. It's clear they never tested the Elantra Touring, which is considerably different than the Elantra sedan, and instead simply (and misleadingly) posted the crash test results for the sedan as if they applied to the Touring.
That's one reason I don't put much store in the NHTSA crash test scores, but prefer the IIHS scores. Also, the IIHS tests are more severe than the NHTSAs.