2015 Hyundai Sonata is a IIHS 2014 Top Safety Pick+

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 22, 2014

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2015 Hyundai Sonata a 2014 Top Safety Pick+. Sonata joined the 2015 Genesis in grabbing the highest honor from IIHS, which rates vehicles using several tests moderate overlap front crash, small overlap front crash, side impact and rollover tests.

The institute also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impact collisions as well as available front crash prevention systems aimed at preventing a crash or lessening its impact.

The 2015 Sonata is laden with a new level of safety and refinement, thanks to a number of active safety features like as Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Lane Departure Warning System and rear parking sensors.

To win a Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS, a model must earn Good ratings for occupant protection in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; at least an Acceptable in the small overlap test; and no less than a Basic rating for front crash prevention.

Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America remarked that the Sonata’s Top Safety Pick+ accolade reinforces the carmaker’s dedication to occupant safety.

He added that the integration of accident prevention technologies renders the 2015 Sonata as one of the safest midsize sedans on the market. The 2015 Sonata also features standard Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

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Hyundai Sonata earns TOP SAFETY PICK+

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata, a midsize moderately priced car, earns the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, thanks to 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.

In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well. During the test, the safety belt allowed the dummy's upper body to move too far forward. The dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible in a real-world crash of this severity. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structures.

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 has an optional forward collision warning system. The Institute rates vehicles as basic, advanced or superior for front crash prevention depending on whether they offer autobrake and, if so, how effective it is in the tests at 12 and 25 mph. Forward collision warning systems that meet performance criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and autobrake systems that provide only minimal speed reduction in IIHS tests earn a basic rating.

The Sonata is the second Hyundai model to earn the Institute's highest award for 2014. To qualify for 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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