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.