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1998 Hyundai Sonata

Midsize moderately priced car
1996 Hyundai Sonata shown
1996 Hyundai Sonata shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    P

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Antilock brakes (optional)
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
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 1995-98 models

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

The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 1995 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, chest and right leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the left femur and left tibia indicate that injuries to the upper leg would be possible and injuries to the lower leg would be likely.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. After moving forward into the airbag, the dummy's head moved to the left, sliding around the side of the airbag toward the A-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1996 Hyundai Sonata GL 4-door
Weight 2,954 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase106 in.
Length185 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF96017
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)18
Left (cm)30
Center (cm)31
Right (cm)27
Brake pedal (cm)24
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)-16
Right (cm)-14
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)8
Rearward (cm)16
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)17

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF96017
Head
HIC-15257
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)15
Maximum Nij 0.39
Chest maximum compression (mm)42
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)8.1
Femur force - right (kN)4.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left1.22
Maximum tibia index - right0.74
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left63
Right65

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