Hyundai has managed to get another vehicle on the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick +, as its new 2015 Sonata sedan performed admirably in crash testing.

The redesigned Sonata's new look belied an improved crash test in the difficult small overlap front test, where Hyundai's family sedan improved from a "Marginal" score to "Acceptable." Meanwhile, the Sonata's optional Forward Collision Warning system garnered a "Basic" rating on IIHS' three-tier rating scale for these sort of automatic safety systems.

Netting a spot on the Top Safety Pick + list requires a "Good" or "Acceptable" score on the small overlap test, as well as "Good" scores on the four standard tests and some form of automated safety system.

You can view the Sonata's crash test video below, as well as the full press release from IIHS. Scroll down and take a look.
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Hyundai Sonata earns TOP SAFETY PICK+

ARLINGTON, Va. - 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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      hokkaido76
      • 5 Months Ago
      Other non-luxury midsize sedans have received a "good" in the small overlap, so hyundai is still behind the curve when it comes to safety.
        TruthHertz
        • 5 Months Ago
        @hokkaido76
        Behind the curve refers to someone being BELOW average. The top of the curve is simply average, and excelling beyond average would be AHEAD of the curve. In this car's class, there are only TWO four door cars that have the highest rating of GOOD in the small overlap test. The other 11 have the same rating as above, many WITHOUT the advanced collision detection. This would position the Hyundai at the top of the curve and possibly somewhat ahead because of the collision detection. The reason that the IIHS only requires a rating of "Acceptable" is because the test is very hard to pass. There are only be a handful of cars when in contrast, the car of discussion is in fact one of the safest cars on the road despite your attempts to berate it. Congrats on not knowing how figures of speech are used and saying a vehicle is effectively "retarded" when the article is about the same vehicle being awarded the HIGHEST POSSIBLE AWARD BY THE IIHS. You are clearly behind the curve. Retard...
      Stinkyboy
      • 5 Months Ago
      excellent! making safer cars for the masses.
      mary.keana
      • 5 Months Ago
      So sad, Hyundai still can't get a GOOD rating on the small offset. Heck, the OLD OLD Suzuki got a good. Looks like you are stuck with an Accord or Malibu if you want a safe car.
      Sahngseok Lee
      • 5 Months Ago
      The new Sonata got Acceptable because of its seatbelt. The seatbelt failed to restrict the driver effectively. However, upon its launch in Korea, Hyundai advertised that it will get a Good rating at IIHS according to hyundai's own crash test result. From the IIHS test data, the new Sonata's structure proved to be rigid enough to get a good rating, but as I mentioned, the seatbelt was wrong so it got an Acceptable on head/neck. I think it's because of a failure from seatbelt assembly. And I also think Hyundai's gonna fix it soon because they are already fooled of for the test result in Korea now. They react pretty soon. Then the thing is, if Hyundai would recall the seatbelt. That's the point.
      United
      • 5 Months Ago
      I apologise on behalf of Hyundai for making all you 'full time Hyundai haters' so sad by this incontrovertible news.
      Robert
      • 5 Months Ago
      GREAT JOB HYUNDAI, KEEP MOVING FORWARD!!!
      groingo
      • 5 Months Ago
      Having survived a collision very similar to that I see little has changed with regard the the front wheels being jamed into the floorboards, in my case it resulted in two broken legs, two shattered feet and knees and a broken back at 35 m.p.h., but the key problem still exists, the front wheels being push into the drivers floor… .all I can say is the standards are not getting better but worse.
        TruthHertz
        • 5 Months Ago
        @groingo
        The alternative is breakaway axles that "eject" the wheels. Where are these wheels going to go? Will they hit another car, a building, a kid on the sidewalk? Axles have enough issues on cars. They are already made as small as possible to reduce rotational mass. Let's make them weaker...
        • 5 Months Ago
        @groingo
        You comment about the wheels going up into the wheel arch, this doe not normally lead to the wheel entering the passenger safety cell, for if this was to happen then the car would not be coincide red safe to sell. Yes I agree the push up of the wheels look dramatic but that is all
      Greebo
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hyundai vehicles are very good they match and sometimes beat the compact excutive group of vehicle for passenger safety. I know some people find it hard that this once cheap and not so cheerful car make is now knocking on the doors of well established companies, why buy a food or GM car when you can get whether equipped, better built and safe car and save a heal of money as well. Walk the Koreans are here, and they are not going away.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Should have said ford. Not food
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