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2015 Hyundai Sonata

Midsize moderately priced car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
  • Small overlap front
    A
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
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 yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2015
A
G
G
G
G
2014
M
G
G
G
G
2013
M
G
G
G
G
2012
M
G
G
G
G
2011
M
G
G
G
G
2010
G
A
M
G
2009
G
A
M
G
2008
G
A
M
G
2007
G
A
M
G
2006
G
A
M
G
2005
A
P
P
2004
A
P
P
2003
A
P
P
2002
A
P
P
2001
A
P
P
2000
A
P
1999
A
P
1998
P
1997
P
1996
P
1995
P

Applies to 2015 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
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.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 11 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 4-6 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the left side of the airbag, indicating that head injuries 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 of the steering wheel toward the A-pillar because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the 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 vehicle2015 Hyundai Sonata SE 4-door
Weight 3,304 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and 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 IDCEN1427
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)11
Footrest (cm)6
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)2
Brake pedal (cm)1
Parking brake (cm)9
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)3
Steering column0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)4
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)6
Lower instrument panel (cm)5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1427
Head
HIC-15405
Peak gs at hard contact73
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)7
Maximum Nij 0.34
Chest maximum compression (mm)20
Femur (kN)
Left0.7
Right1.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left1
Right2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.74
Right0.56
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left2.7
Right2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left102
Right116

Applies to 2015 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 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 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 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 ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)370

Applies to 2015 models

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Warning

Package name

  • Optional Ultimate Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

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

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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