The 2018 Hyundai Sonata earned the U.S. Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s highest accolade for safety, receiving a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and dynamic bending headlights.
The IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award helps consumers select vehicles that offer the highest level of crash protection.
For 2017, the requirements for Top Safety Pick+ were tightened.
To qualify, winners must earn good ratings in each of the Institute’s five crashworthiness tests – small overlap crash test, moderate overlap crash test, side and roof strength, and head restraint tests – and have an available front crash prevention system earning an advanced or superior rating.
Winners must also score no less than an acceptable rating in the headlight test.
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For 2018, the Sonata offers even more safety features. In addition to seven standard airbags (dual front, side, and curtain, as well as driver’s knee) and a battery of safety systems (VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS, EBD, BA, and TPMS) including Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The Sonata is the only midsize car sold with this safety technology as standard equipment.
Despite the fact that drivers spending a tiny amount of time in reverse, one-quarter of all accidents happen when someone is backing up.
BSD with RCTA gives drivers peace of mind that the road behind them is clear. Furthermore, there’s also a new Lane Departure Warning system with an enhanced Lane Keep Assist function available.