We’ve been telling you a bit about the newly redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata lately. The latest news from Hyundai: The new Sonata has been designated a Top Safety Pick+ by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The press release from Hyundai said the 2015 Hyundai Sonata earned the Top Safety Pick+ designation only when equipped with optional forward collision warning. Forward collision warning is one of many supplemental safety systems available on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, including rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, and rear parking sensors.
IIHS President Adrian Lund said, “The Top Safety Pick+ designation recognizes state-of-the-art safety. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is not only engineered to protect people when crashes happen, but with its optional forward collision warning system rated basic in our tests, this car can help drivers avoid some of the most common kinds of collisions altogether.”
The release from Hyundai said IIHS rates vehicles on moderate- and small-overlap frontal crash tests, side impact and rollover crashes, and evaluates seats and headrests for protection against neck injuries in rear-impact collisions. In addition, the release said IIHS evaluates available front crash prevention systems that aim to prevent crashes or lessen their severity. Top Safety Pick + designees must earn the top IIHS rating of “good” for occupant protection in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests while earning no less than the middling “acceptable” rating for the small overlap test and a basic frontal crash prevention system.
Hyundai Motor America Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning Mike O’Brien said, “Occupant safety is at the forefront of Hyundai design and engineering. Sonata’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ recognition reinforces our dedication to occupant safety, and integrating our accident prevention technologies makes the 2015 Sonata one of the safest midsize sedans on the market today.”
That’s all fine and good for the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, but Hyundai recently sent us the last of the previous-generation Sonata, the 2014 model. It was no slouch itself in IIHS testing, earning IIHS’ top rating of “good” in moderate-overlap frontal, side, roof strength, and head restraint testing. However, where the 2015 Sonata improves on the 2014 model is in the small-overlap test, where the 2014 earned only a “moderate” score.