After undergoing some structural changes, the 2015 Chevy Sonic has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
This applies to both the sedan and hatchback, built after February of 2015. The previous 2014 car’s score of “marginal” in the small overlap test was holding it back from Top Safety Pick status, but the updated Sonic receives a “good” rating in every category.
The IIHS says that the driver’s space was maintained reasonably well in the small overlap crash, with maximum intrusion sitting at four inches at the footrest and footwell. Measurements from the dummy showed that significant injuries in a crash of this severity would be unlikely.
Small overlap testing is conducted by crashing the vehicle into a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier with 25 percent of its overall width overlapping the barrier.
Overall dummy movement was well controlled, with the head contacting the front airbag directly and staying there until rebound.
The Sonic also earned a “basic” rating for its optional forward collision warning system.
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