2021 Genesis GV80 Earns Highest Safety Rating

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The 2021 Genesis GV80, which gained fame for being the vehicle that Tiger Woods crashed in, has officially been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Genesis’ first luxury SUV aced the test, earning the institute’s highest award of being named a Top Safety Pick+. While the SUV has now become synonymous with the crash, the rating should ease some consumers’ concerns regarding the vehicle after the accident.

The IIHS announced its award winners earlier this February. At the time, the Genesis GV80 wasn’t on the list because it’s an all-new vehicle and the IIHS takes some more time conducting its tests on all-new models. We’re not sure if it’s a coincidence or if the IIHS was facing some pressure to get its testing done quickly, but the organization completed its testing on the GV80 the day after Woods’ automobile accident.

The midsize GV80 met all of the requirements to be named a Top Safety Pick+, which includes getting a rating of “Good” in all six crash tests, having an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for its front-crash prevention system, and having “Acceptable” or “Good” rated headlights as standard. The GV80 comes with “Acceptable” rated headlights throughout the lineup, while its front-crash prevention system was found to be “Superior.”

Genesis GV80

Overall, Genesis now has three vehicles that have earned the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ award. Along with the GV80, the G70 sedan and all-new G90 sedan have also earned the institute’s highest award. With the GV80 receiving a Top Safety Pick+ award, we expect the upcoming fully-redesigned G80 and G70 sedans to earn the IIHS’ highest award, too.

Overall, Genesis is doing extremely well in the IIHS’ crash tests. The South Korean luxury brand may not have the most vehicles on sale, but the few vehicles that it has have all aced the IIHS’ crash tests. The other automakers that have a 100% record with the IIHS include Volvo, Tesla, Acura, and Cadillac. Volvo’s the most impressive one of the bunch, as the automaker has nine vehicles that have earned a Top Safety Pick+ award.

The new 2021 Genesis GV80 comes with a host of standard safety features. Forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, safe exit assist, and a driver attention monitor are all standard. Optional features include blind spot monitoring, forward attention warning, rear automatic emergency braking, and a head-up display. Genesis also includes its Highway Driving Assist II system with the GV80 that controls the majority of aspects of driving on the highway with minimal inputs from the driver.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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