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2016 Hyundai Sonata

Midsize moderately priced car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

Check for NHTSA recalls


Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
M


Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.

The photos and videos shown here may be of a different model, model year or body type from the one selected. The ratings of one vehicle often apply to other models if they are built on the same platform. In addition, a test of a vehicle from one model year may apply to earlier or later model years if the vehicle hasn't been significantly redesigned.

1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
A
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
A
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
A
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
A
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
A
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2005
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2001
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2000
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
1999
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
1998
P
Crash avoidance rating
1997
P
Crash avoidance rating
1996
P
Crash avoidance rating
1995
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2016 models built after October 2015

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Beginning with 2016 models, the driver's seat belt was modified, and front suspension changes were made to alter wheel movement during small overlap frontal crashes. Later, beginning with 2016 models built after October 2015, the structure was reinforced at the junction between the door sill and hinge pillar to improve occupant protection in small overlap crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Structure

The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 14 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 9-11 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left foot would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2016 Hyundai Sonata Eco 4-door
Weight 3,237 lbs.
Side airbagsFront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side torso aribags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length192 in.
Width73 in.
Engine1.6 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings28 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1549
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)14
Footrest (cm)7
Left toepan (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)3
Parking brake (cm)13
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column4
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)11
Upper dash (cm)11
Lower instrument panel (cm)9

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1549
Head
HIC-15152
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)7
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm)18
Femur (kN)
Left2.7
Right0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left5
Right3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.76
Right0.43
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left2.3
Right0.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left193
Right44

Applies to 2016 models built before November 2015

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
M
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Beginning with 2016 models, the driver's seat belt was modified, and front suspension changes were made to alter wheel movement during small overlap frontal crashes. The changes, however, weren’t enough to improve the Sonata's performance in the small overlap test.

Structure

The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 19 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 11-13 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s face remained in contact with the frontal airbag, but its head still rolled around the left side as the steering column moved 11 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2016 Hyundai Sonata Eco 4-door
Weight 3,263 lbs.
Side airbagsFront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side torso aribags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length192 in.
Width73 in.
Engine1.6 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings28 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1527
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)19
Footrest (cm)8
Left toepan (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)3
Parking brake (cm)13
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)11
Upper dash (cm)13
Lower instrument panel (cm)11

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1527
Head
HIC-15130
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)8
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)20
Femur (kN)
Left3.0
Right0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left5
Right1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left1
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left1.08
Right0.51
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left1.9
Right0.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left148
Right69

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side torso airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T 4-door
Weight 3,545 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length192 in.
Width73 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1403
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)6
Left (cm)9
Center (cm)8
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)-1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1403
Head
HIC-15186
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)8
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm)25
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.5
Femur force - right (kN)1.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left0.35
Maximum tibia index - right0.46
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left43
Right50

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2015 Hyundai Sonata SE 4-door
Weight 3,373 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length192 in.
Width73 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 37 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1403
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-15.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1403
Head HIC-15303
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)30
Lateral force (kN)1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.87
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.6
Acetabulum force (kN)2.0
Combined force (kN)3.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)125
A-P moment (Nm) -34

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1403
Head HIC-1594
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)12
Lateral force (kN)0.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)33
Average deflection (mm)27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.62
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.41
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.5
Acetabulum force (kN)0.7
Combined force (kN)1.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)147
A-P moment (Nm) -42

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,285 lbs
Peak force17,046 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.19
Tested vehicle
2015 Hyundai Sonata SE 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power cloth seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)38
Distance below top of head (mm)-7
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.9
Head contact time (ms)55
Force rating1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)370

Applies to 2016 models

System details

  • Optional Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Optional Forward Collision Warning

Package name

  • Optional Ultimate Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
6 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
3 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2015-16 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trimSE
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

123


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)18
Clearance angle (degrees)52
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)16
Clearance angle (degrees)57
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)15
Clearance angle (degrees)63
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)20
Clearance angle (degrees)59
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Applies to 2016 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trimLimited
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

123


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)4-6
Force (lbs)22
Clearance angle (degrees)63
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)4-6
Force (lbs)21
Clearance angle (degrees)55
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)4-6
Force (lbs)22
Clearance angle (degrees)58
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)4-6
Force (lbs)25
Clearance angle (degrees)53
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

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