When purchasing a new vehicle, one of the things consumers prize the most is safety—but how can you tell whether a new vehicle is truly safe? Today, pretty much all new cars and trucks are made with robust and advanced safety features, though some certainly hold up better in highway accidents than others do. One way to identify the best, safest vehicles is to look at government safety ratings. These imply that a vehicle has been thoroughly tested, and proven to offer effective safety measures on behalf of its driver and passengers.
Safety ratings matter, and to that end, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan has achieved something meaningful: It has earned the highest overall 5-star safety rating from the government testers at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
To be more specific, the car—which is available now at Hyundai dealerships—won five stars in front and side crash tests, while earning a four star score in the rollover crash test. These high ratings apply to the hybrid Sonata, as well, though the 2017 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has not been formally rated.
Safety Features in the 2017 Hyundai Sonata
Not surprisingly, the new Sonata has a range of safety features, several of which come standard-issue. These include antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, and a rearview camera. A total of seven airbags are included, among them one knee-level airbag for drivers.
Additional safety features are available as optional upgrades. These include automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning capabilities. The Limited model includes some dynamic bending headlights, which actually turn in the direction of a curve.
Clearly, these features do their job well, and have earned the Sonata a great report card, at least as far as safety is concerned; the question is, how does the vehicle compare to others in its bracket?
Comparisons with Other Vehicles
The Hyundai Sonata is in the same basic group as the Ford Fusion, the Honda Accord, and the Toyota Camry. While the Sonata is clearly an excellent vehicle, it should be noted that the 2017 iterations of these other three vehicles also received the highest five-star overall safety ratings from the same highway safety group.
This does not necessarily minimize the achievement of the Hyundai crew. What it does, first and foremost, is underscore what we said at the top: Most of today’s new cars are designed with safety in mind, and recent advances in vehicle safety technology ensure that these cars are able to be reliably sturdy and protective to their drivers and passengers.
Additionally, this confirms that consumers frankly have a lot of options as they seek out safe, family-friendly sedans. Certainly, the four cars we’ve listed here are all great options, and all are worth investigating as you seek to find the best vehicle for your family.
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