On May 26, 2011, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety unveiled the next list of vehicles, that earned the Top Safety Pick award. This time six compact cars were to pass the exams. All six models, chosen for tests, are equipped with either hybrid or gasoline-only engines and feature high fuel efficiency. Following the requirement of the IIHS all six cars come with Electronic Stability Control as a part of standard package. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra was among those six participants. The compact Elantra has passed front, side and rear crashworthiness test, as well as the roof strength test. According to the results, the compact sedan, made by Hyundai, earned the highest possible rating and was crowned the Top Safety Pick. Thus one more award was added to the brand's roll of honor. "The list of cars with the best fuel economy now includes those with the highest crash test ratings in their class, too," stated David Zuby, the Institute's chief research officer. "At a time of high gasoline prices, consumers have never had a bigger selection of small cars that earn Top Safety Pick."
Since its launch in 1990, the Hyundai Elantra safety package has been significantly improved, and this award proves this statement. Showing its strong commitment to safety, the South Korean car manufacturer made one step further in safety systems development. The 2011 Elantra is offered with Vehicle Stability Management System that coordinates the function of all active safety features. The VSM operates with Motor Driven Power Steering, ABS, Traction Control System and Electronic Stability Control in potential collision situations. The standard package of the small sedan also includes six airbags to protect the driver and passengers in case of an accident.