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2020 Hyundai Sonata

midsize car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights

2020 Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

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

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Standard system
Superior
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian
Standard system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

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 2020 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Hyundai Sonata SE 4-door

The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2020 model year. Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTN1916
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Footrest (cm) 4
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Upper dash (cm) 2
Lower instrument panel (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTN1916
Head
HIC-15 96
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Femur (kN)
Left 0.7
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.61
Right 0.45
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.6
Right 0.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 50
Right 43

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2020 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Hyundai Sonata SE 4-door

The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2020 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1934
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Footrest (cm) 4
Right toepan (cm) 3
Center toepan (cm) 1
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Upper dash (cm) 2
Right lower dash (cm) 3

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1934
Head
HIC-15 78
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 14
Maximum Nij 0.17
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.7
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.34
Right 0.58
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.5
Right 3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 47
Right 66

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1934
Head
HIC-15 57
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.23
Right 0.41
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.4
Right 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 18
Right 32

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2020 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Hyundai Sonata SEL 4-door

The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2020 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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1926
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 4
Center (cm) 5
Right (cm) 1
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) -1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1926
Head
HIC-15 213
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 27
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.4
Femur force - right (kN) 1.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.24
Maximum tibia index - right 0.43
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 62
Right 44

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2020 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Hyundai Sonata SE 4-door

The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2020 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1928
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -17.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1928
Head HIC-15 509
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 44
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.38
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.53
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2
Combined force (kN) 1.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.0
L-M moment (Nm) 186
A-P moment (Nm) 53

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1928
Head HIC-15 113
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Compression (kN) 0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 13
Lateral force (kN) 0.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 23
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.14
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.23
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.4
Combined force (kN) 1.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 97
A-P moment (Nm) 50

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2020 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Hyundai Sonata SE 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,125 lbs
Peak force 16,761 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.36

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 35
Distance below top of head (mm) 14
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.3
Head contact time (ms) 65
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 33
Max neck tension (N) 428

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist w/ Pedestrain Detection

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2020 models

Superior
Superior
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian

Trim level(s)

  • All trims

System details

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2020 models

Superior
Superior
Average speed reduction
12 mph test 25 mph test
Crossing child 12 mph 24 mph
Crossing adult 12 mph 25 mph
Average speed reduction
25 mph test 37 mph test
Parallel adult 25 mph 37 mph
Warning time:
1.9 seconds

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim
  • Hybrid Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right and gradual left curves and fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the sharp left curve and on the sharp right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim
  • Hybrid Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2020 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 118.0 m 14.8 %
Straightaway left edge 71.9 m 14.8 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 75.2 m 9.7 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 71.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 55.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 191.2 m
Straightaway left edge 160.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 80.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 76.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 60.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 57.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
  • SEL Plus trim
  • Hybrid Blue trim
  • Hybrid SEL trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left curve, fair on the gradual right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the sharp right curve.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on both right curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
  • SEL Plus trim
  • Hybrid Blue trim
  • Hybrid SEL trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2020 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 93.2 m 52.5 %
Straightaway left edge 68.4 m 52.5 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 60.8 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 63.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 48.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 171.5 m
Straightaway left edge 167.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 73.1 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 76.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 51.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 55.1 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2020 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim SE
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.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim SE
Seat type cloth
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
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
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 22
Clearance angle (degrees) 73
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 14
Clearance angle (degrees) 75
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
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
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 28
Clearance angle (degrees) 63
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 21
Clearance angle (degrees) 63
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated