Top Safety Pick

2012 Hyundai Sonata

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2012 Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan
2011 Hyundai Sonata shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2011-14 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4-door

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.

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

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but then slid off the left side. The side curtain airbag did not deploy.

The door hinge pillar and parking brake was pushed back by the wheel and tire, and this intrusion contributed to a significant risk of injury to the left lower leg.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-14 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4-door

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2011-14 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2011 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-14 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,215 lbs
Peak force 15,736 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.89

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2011-14 models

Seat type: Power cloth seat AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry