2011 Hyundai Sonata selected as ‘Top Safety Pick’ by IIHS

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The 'Top Safety Pick' of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is the new Hyundai Sonata, the first time for this model. The previous generation of the Sonata was rated good front and rear impact protection, acceptable in the side impact test, and marginal for rollover protection.

Under the IIHS new standards, a vehicle that could qualify for the Top Safety Pick must earn the highest rating of good in front, side, rear, and rollover tests.

It must also be equipped with electronic stability control. Institute president Adrian Lund said that the test results of the Institute now cover all 4 of the most common kinds of crashes after having added the new rollover evaluation.

Lund added that the cars that were good enough to get the coveted Top Safety Pick designation have designs that extend beyond the minimum federal safety standards.

The new Sonata is priced from $19,195 in the US (excluding freight charge of $720). Powering the car is Hyundai's new Theta II 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine and in-house six-speed automatic transmission.

This enables the car to generate 198hp on the standard model and 200hp on the SE trim. The car can deliver a fuel economy of 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway, which Hyundai claims to be the best in its class.

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