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96% of Hyundai vehicles for sale in the U.S. offer standard automatic emergency braking

Hyundai's automatic emergency braking technology senses if a crash is imminent and works to avoid the collision.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

In 2016, Hyundai Motor America joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and a number of automakers in committing to make automatic emergency braking standard on all new cars no later than NHTSA's 2022 reporting year.

Hyundai announced this week that it has met that goal two years ahead of schedule. During the past year, 96 percent of all Hyundai vehicles produced for sale in the U.S. offered automatic emergency braking as standard equipment.

Automatic emergency braking is also called forward collision avoidance assist. It works using technology to sense when the vehicle is traveling at a rate of speed and in a direction that may cause it to crash into the vehicle, cyclist, or pedestrian ahead of it. Then, the car's safety system will apply the brakes in an effort to not make that collision occur. Some systems will also steer the car in an effort to mitigate a crash. Not all systems detect cyclists or pedestrians. Some systems also have large animal detection technology that pairs with automatic emergency braking to avoid hitting animals like moose and elk.

When the agreement came to fruition, automatic emergency braking was available on the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Sport in addition to the 2016 Hyundai Sonata, Tucson, and Genesis. Since that time, the Elantra, Santa Fe, and Sonata have all been redesigned. The redesigned Hyundai Tucson was recently unveiled. Genesis has become its own brand. The model previously known as the Hyundai Genesis has evolved in the Genesis G80.

At that time, Hyundai's automatic emergency braking technology used forward-facing radar and camera to to detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver did not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking.

Today, the system uses a camera or radar to determine if a crash is imminent. If it is, the system sounds an alarm and flashes a visual alert to gain the driver's attention. Depending on the circumstances, the technology can apply the brakes to avoid impact or minimize damage.

"Hyundai's AEB safety technology, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, is now standard on 96% of our lineup of cars and SUVs," said Brian Latouf, chief safety officer, Hyundai Motor North America. "We are proud to offer this life-saving technology on the vast majority of new Hyundai vehicles. It speaks to our organizational dedication to vehicle safety and the industry's ability to work together and advance motor vehicle safety voluntarily."

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The new Civic Hatchback just went on sale.

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The Honda Civic is one of the most popular and well-known cars of any type. Honda keeps refining the Civic formula to the point that it seems hard for the car to get any better, but that's what we're here to talk about. The 2022 model year sees the Civic enter its eleventh generation, and updates for the new model year make the car more upscale, more refined, and safer than ever before. Honda released the Civic Sedan first, but the Hatchback is now on the streets. Both cars are excellent, but we want to take a closer look at the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback. Here are three things to know about the car.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback The Civic Hatchback is almost as practical as a small SUV, and it's way more fun to drive. Honda

Cargo Space

Looking at the Civic Hatchback, or any modern Civic for that matter, it's easy to start believing that there's nothing to it - that you can't use it as a proper family car. That isn't the case here, nor is it the case with the 2022 Civic Sedan. The Hatchback starts with 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, and the rear bench folds flat to open up even more room for gear. That's shy of a compact crossover, but better than many subcompact crossovers - and the Civic is infinitely more fun to drive than either. The Honda CR-V, for example, offers 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats, but the subcompact HR-V offers just 23.2 cubic feet of space. I know which vehicle I'd rather drive, and it's the Civic Hatchback by miles and miles.


2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Clever design elevates the Civic above its competition.Honda

Refinement and Design

Honda's redesign of the Civic started with the Sedan, which released first. Its interior carries premium feeling materials and a grown-up design that is at odds with the Civic's reasonable price tag. There are several clever design touches like a singular metal grille that runs the length of the dash. The front air vents are concealed behind it and feature thoughtfully designed control knobs. It's a detail that isn't seen in other cars at this price point, and it's one that elevates the Civic from a budget car to one that feels special.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback All Civics come packed with safety tech.Honda

Safety Features and Crash Test Scores

The Honda Civic Sedan and Hatchback both earned Top Safety Pick + awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Vehicles earn the honor by scoring "Good," "Advanced," or "Superior" in all categories, including headlights. On top of that, Honda equips the cars with plenty of advanced driver aids, including forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation. Blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are available in higher trims.

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Hyundai released pricing for the Ioniq 5 today.

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The first of Hyundai's Ioniq-branded electric vehicles is almost here, and the automaker finally released pricing information. The Ioniq 5 starts off at a reasonable price and reaches deep into premium territory, but it's got the capability and the equipment to justify its price tag.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Owners will get two years of free charging. Hyundai

Pricing for the line includes:

  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE Standard range with 168 hp and RWD: $40,925
  • SE single motor with 225 hp and RWD: $44,875
  • SE dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $48,375
  • SEL single-motor with 225 hp and RWD: $47,125
  • SEL dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $50,625
  • Limited single-motor with 225 hp and RWD: $51,825
  • Limited dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $55,725
All prices include a $1,225 destination charge. It's also worth noting that the Ioniq 5 is eligible for up to $7,500 in government tax credits, though the size of the final tax rebate depends on the customer's individual situation. Range estimates for the Ioniq 5 span from 220 miles for the SE Standard Range to 303 miles for other single-motor models. Hyundai's party trick with the new crossover is its charging system, which is claimed to replenish the batteries from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

Standard features for the Ioniq 5 include 19-inch aero wheels, a 12.3-inch touchscreen with EV information, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind spot monitoring with safe exit assist, lane keeping assist with lane following assist, parametric pixelated LED headlights, flush door handle, and more. To ease customers' transition into EV life, Hyundai partnered with Electrify America to provide unlimited 30-minute charting sessions for two years following purchase.

Interior of Hyundai's Ioniq 5 revealed ahead of Feb. 23 debut automotivemap.com

Hyundai offers complimentary maintenance for up to three years or 36,000 miles, which includes tire rotations and other services. The car's battery and electric system are covered by a ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Ioniq 5 is scheduled to go on sale this month.

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