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Top Safety Pick
Outward visibility is good, and we didn't find any large blind spots on either side that wasn't solved with a simple mirror adjustment.
But despite the Sonata’s coupe-like styling, visibility remains decent, with moderate-sized pillars and reasonable glass area all around. (In other words, this is no Passat CC.)
A backup camera is included with the navigation system only on the top-of-the-line Limited trim. We're not sure why you can get the navigation system but not the camera on other trim levels.
The 2011 Sonata arrives in showrooms wearing one big safety badge—a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
No NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) tests are available yet but Hyundai is hoping for five-star scores across the board as the federal government revises its testing for the 2011 model year. We’ll update you when results are released.
Standard safety equipment on the Sonata is extensive, and includes dual front, side, curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control; and active headrests.
Visibility from inside the Sonata is good, even to the rear quarters where minuscule triangular windows seem to be in place just to keep the side view flowing—even rear-seat passengers won’t see much through them. A rearview camera is available only on the top trims, though.
The Sonata tops the IIHS ratings; NHTSA scores are coming soon.