The 2013 Hyundai Sonata has solid safety credentials, and should offer peace of mind to busy parents or those who want to assure the safety of themselves and their loved ones.
In previous model years, the Sonata was 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. The only down side is that in the new IIHS small overlap frontal test the Sonata achieves a rating of just 'marginal.' But the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has already extended its results to 2013—impressive, with five stars in all categories but side impact.
Standard safety equipment on the Sonata is extensive, as it is for pretty much every mid-size sedan today, and includes dual front, side, curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control; and active headrests. In top trim levels of the Sonata, a rearview camera is available.
We appreciate how Hyundai has placed smaller side windows at the back of the cabin; while they don't really aid rear passengers' view out, they do aid outward visibility for the driver in some cases.