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2015 Chevrolet Sonic Is an IIHS Top Safety Pick

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/7/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Until now, the ChevroletSonic boasted a five-star government crash rating but failed to earn top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But now, the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic has earned a Top Safety Pick rating thanks to a number of mid-year changes made to the model.

General Motors altered the car's structure and airbags to provide better protection in small overlap front crashes. These changes apply to Sonic models built after February 2015. On these versions, the Sonic's score went up two notches from "Marginal" to "Good" in this test. Small overlap crash tests, which are notoriously difficult for automakers to master, simulate what happens when the front corner of a car strikes a tree, utility pole, or another vehicle at 40 mph.

Many other subcompact cars haven't performed so well in the small overlap test. The Hyundai Accent, Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa sedan, Fiat 500, and Toyota Prius c all received a score of "Poor" in this area. Now that the Chevrolet Sonic boasts a Top Safety Pick rating in addition to a five-star rating from the government, it is one of the highest rated subcompacts in terms of safety, on par with the 2015 Honda Fit.

2015 Chevrolet Sonic Is an IIHS Top Safety Pick

Source: IIHS

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