The car earned ‘good’ ratings, the best possible, in four of the categories tested: moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. In the tricky small overlap test, the car only managed an ‘acceptable’ rating, though that is an improvement over the previous year’s ‘marginal’ rating.
During the small overlap crash test, the driver’s space was well maintained, but the seatbelt allowed the dummy’s body to move too far forward allowing the dummy’s head to hit the steering wheel.
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The plus designation was awarded to the Sonata thanks to its optional forward collision warning system.To qualify for top safety pick plus, 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.