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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Five stars overall; four stars, frontal; five stars, side impact; five stars, rollover
'Good,' all test categories; 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 2012 Hyundai Sonata has the safety credentials to make the shortlist of any worry-prone parent or carpool driver.
The Sonata has been named a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)--meaning it's earned top 'good' scores in all test categories, including (rollover-related) roof strength--and in NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) tests, the Sonata has earned a relatively rare five-star overall score, as well as five-star ratings in most categories.
A rearview camera is available on top trim levels. Otherwise, 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.
Outward visibility is good, even to the Sonata's curvaceous rear quarters, where minuscule triangular windows seem to be in place just to keep the side view flowing. Rear-seat passengers won’t see much through them, however.
The 2012 Sonata has earned excellent safety and crash-test ratings from both U.S. agencies.