It's now IIHS and Tiger Woods approved.
Golfing legend Tiger Woods was involved in a serious car accident late last month while driving a new 2021 Genesis GV80. He suffered multiple injuries that required surgery and now faces months, if not years, of physical therapy. Whether his golf game can fully recover remains unknown. Things would have been so much worse for him if it weren't for the GV80's incredible safety, though.
And now the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) can attest to that. It has declared the GV80 as a Top Safety Pick+, meaning the luxury SUV scored the highest scores in not only crash tests but also for headlights and electronic collision avoidance measures. The Genesis G70 and G90 sedans received the same ratings.
Every Genesis vehicle comes standard with a comprehensive suite of advanced driver assistance and safety technologies such as Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and Blind-Spot Collision Warning.
The GV80 comes standard with 10 airbags as well. Its advanced body structure "was engineered with energy-absorbing front and rear crumple zones and high strength structural load paths to maintain occupant compartment integrity during severe crash impacts," Genesis' chief safety officer, Brian Latouf, confirmed. Furthermore, the SUV's "structural safety design protects occupants with the seatbelt systems, pre-tensioners and 10 airbags including a new front-seat center airbag that deploys between the driver and front-seat passenger."
Tiger Woods knows this all too well. By the looks of things, he was driving too fast down a hill known for accidents. He wasn't intoxicated at the time. The always-functioning automatic emergency braking probably helped reduce the crash's severity as well. We don't know what's happened to Woods' now-totaled GV80 that was loaned to him, but there's a good chance it'll eventually be sent to Genesis for a post-crash analysis.
The GV80 recently went on sale and this was one of the first major incidents involving one. There's potentially a lot to be learned from this that can be applied to make the brand's future vehicles even more safe and secure.