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2015 Hyundai Sonata Named IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/17/2014 Alex Nishimoto
2015 Hyundai Sonata IIHS During Crash© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Hyundai Sonata IIHS During Crash

The refreshed 2015 Hyundai Sonata has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's coveted Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to its performance in the brutal small overlap front crash test and its new available crash prevention systems.

2015 Hyundai Sonata IIHS After Crash© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Hyundai Sonata IIHS After Crash

The Sonata earned ratings of "good" in four of the IIHS' crash tests, including the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints tests. In the small overlap front test, which is now mandatory for Top Safety Pick consideration, the Sonata scored an "acceptable" rating, which is an improvement over the previous car's "marginal" result. In the test, IIHS reports the driver's space was maintained, though the seatbelt allowed the dummy's upper body to move too far forward. The dummy's head struck the steering wheel through the airbag, which would likely result in injuries in a real crash of that severity. As we've said previously, the small front overlap test requires a car to strike a rigid barrier at 40 mph, taking the impact all on the driver's side. Side curtain airbags deployed successfully, and had enough forward coverage to protect the dummy's head from hitting the car's structure.

The 2015 Sonata's optional forward collision warning system earned it a "basic" rating for front crash prevention, which is good enough to land it Top Safety Pick+ honors. Check out the video below to see how the 2015 Hyundai Sonata performs in the test.

Source: IIHS

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