There's a whole new reason to love the 2011 Hyundai Sonata - it has earned the top safety rating from the NHTSA.
Hyundai Sonata is one of only 2 models to earn a five-star overall vehicle score after going through updated tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Sonata the overall five-star crash test rating, which is the highest government ranking and is under the New Car Assessment Program.
The 2011 testing procedures that the NHTSA used are more rigorous than the procedures used in previous years. Keep in mind that Hyundai prides itself on safety and the Sonata is built with that in mind. The body is made of high-strength steel that is hot stamped, has advanced airbag technology, and the electronic stability control system.
The new tests done by the NHTSA also take into account side pole crashes and the technologies used to prevent crashes. During the tests, female crash dummies were used for the first time; always before male dummies were used. This allows the NHTSA to see how crashes would play out with both men and women.
The Overall Vehicle Score, which is the biggest change in the way the NHTSA gives consumers the ratings, tells a lot about a vehicle. It combines the results of a frontal crash test, rollover resistance tests, and side crash tests. This gives the average risk of injuries to passengers in a crash, and the potential for the vehicle to rollover.
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata scored well in every phase of the testing. It received five stars in both side-impact and rollover tests, and four stars in the frontal crash tests. This gave it the overall score of five stars, making this a very safe vehicle for you and your family.