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2011 Hyundai Sonata

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

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
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 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
M
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 2011 model year. Hyundai subsequently made several modificatons to the front structure of the car since its introduction in early 2010, with the final change effective as of September 2010. Moderate overlap frontal tests conducted before and after the changes did not substantially affect the ratings, and Hyundai has stated the same is true for small overlap frontal tests, in which much of the front structure is bypassed by crash forces.

Structure

The driver space was not maintained well. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 24 cm at the hinge pillar, and the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel intruded 15-18 cm. The parking brake pedal was pushed back 28 cm toward the driver.

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 head contacted the frontal airbag but slid off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, also leaving the dummy’s head vulnerable to contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4-door
Weight 3,260 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 110 in.
Length 190 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 24 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1219
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 24
Footrest (cm) 15
Left toepan (cm) 10
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Parking brake (cm) 28
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 8
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 5
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 15
Upper dash (cm) 18
Lower instrument panel (cm) 16

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1219
Head
HIC-15 123
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 27
Femur (kN)
Left 1.6
Right 2.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 7
Right 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 1.09
Right 0.46
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.4
Right 1.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 130
Right 90

Applies to 2011-14 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 2011 model year. Hyundai subsequently made several modificatons to the front structure of the car since its introduction in early 2010, with the final change effective as of September 2010. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on two tests conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification, before and after all structural changes were made. Because the frontal ratings were not substantially affected by the changes, the ratings are based on both tests.

Injury measures

In both tests, 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 in both tests. The driver side curtain and side thorax airbags deployed during the crashes. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4-door
Weight 3,309 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 110 in.
Length 190 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0909 VTF1022
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4 2
Left (cm) 8 9
Center (cm) 10 9
Right (cm) 7 5
Brake pedal (cm) 11 10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1 1
Right (cm) 1 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0 2
Rearward (cm) -4 3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0909 VTF1022
Head
HIC-15 175 203
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 31 13
Maximum Nij 0.25 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25 33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.2 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 3.9 1.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 4 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.27 0.34
Maximum tibia index - right 0.54 0.36
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.4 1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.5 1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 86 60
Right 114 75

Applies to 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
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 2011 model year.

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.

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 vehicle 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4-door
Weight 3,219 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 110 in.
Length 190 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1001
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.
-11.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1001
Head HIC-15 455
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 42
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 33
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.90
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.41
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.5
Combined force (kN) 4.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 212
A-P moment (Nm) 73

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1001
Head HIC-15 166
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 1.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 28
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37
Average deflection (mm) 32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.83
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.57
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.6
Combined force (kN) 2.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 151
A-P moment (Nm) -22

Applies to 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,215 lbs
Peak force 15,736 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.89
Tested vehicle
2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 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 2011-14 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 AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power cloth seat AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 44
Distance below top of head (mm) 36
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.3
Head contact time (ms) 60
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 43
Max neck tension (N) 489
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights

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