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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impact protection
Good," frontal offset; "acceptable," side impact
exceptionally well-equipped in terms of standard passive safety features
Car and Driver
Visibility is great
High crash-test scores earn the 2009 Hyundai Sonata an excellent safety rating from TheCarConnection.com.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Hyundai Sonata five out of five stars on all frontal and side impact protection tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which is considered more stringent, awards the Hyundai Sonata its top mark of "good" for frontal offset crashes and its second-best mark of "acceptable" for side impacts.
There is no shortage of standard Hyundai Sonata 2009 safety equipment. "Safety features on all Sonatas include the mandatory dual-stage front-seat airbags; front-seat side-impact airbags for torso protection; and full-coverage side curtain airbags designed to provide head protection," according to Automotive.com. In addition to these airbags, Cars.com notes that the 2009 Hyundai Sonata four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes "incorporate electronic brake-force distribution," and "all seating positions have three-point seat belts." Motor Trend underscores the standard electronic stability and traction control: “Camry and Altima charge you extra for these safety systems.”
Cars.com also reports that the Hyundai Sonata’s "visibility is great, courtesy of big mirrors and abundant glass." Automotive.com acknowledges "outward visibility is good, although the wide C-pillars constrict quick, over-the-shoulder traffic checks for lane changing."
You'll ride in safety and security aboard the 2009 Hyundai Sonata.