The all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata is named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Earning the award requires the institute’s best score in four tests: frontal, side, rear and roof strength.
Also required is a standard electronic stability system, a safety feature the Sonata has. Other standard safety equipment on the Sonata includes side-impact airbags for the driver and passenger, side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants, plus active front head restraints.
A new requirement for an IIHS Top Safety Pick in 2010 is earning the best score, Good, in roof-strength crash tests. The number of models given the award has significantly declined from 2009 because of this new requirement. It’s partly because some vehicles don’t score the highest rating, and also because some simply haven’t been tested yet.
Sonata competitors that also have earned a Top Safety Pick include the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu (built after November 2009), Subaru Legacy and Chrysler Sebring.
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