Korean car manufacturer Hyundai’s latest offering in the midsize sedan, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, after receiving an acceptable rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test and a basic rating for front crash prevention.
The Sonata earns good ratings in each of the Institute’s other four tests – moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints.
Hyundai redesigned the Sonata for the 2015 model year. The car’s acceptable small overlap front rating is an improvement from the previous generation’s marginal rating.
The Institute added the small overlap evaluation to its testing lineup in 2012. In the crash, 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph. It replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or object like a tree or a utility pole.
The Sonata’s optional forward collision warning systems meets criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and autobrake systems that provide only minimal speed reduction in IIHS tests earning a basic rating.
The Sonata is the second Hyundai model to earn the Institute’s highest award for 2014. To qualify for IIHS Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, a good rating in the Institute’s other four tests, and a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.
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