The 2016 Hyundai Sonata has an impressive safety record. It comes standard with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee bag. It also offers blind spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, active cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The Sonata has also managed some quite impressive safety ratings from both the federal government and the IIHS. In government testing, it scored excellent five stars both overall and in frontal and side-impact categories. That includes five stars in both subcategories of the frontal test (for a male-size driver and female-size passenger), as well as a perfect five stars in all subcategories of the side barrier test and the side pole test.
That's in addition to a perfect set of scores from the IIHS, which rank it "Good" in all tests. The 2016 Sonata also earns the best IIHS "Superior" nod for front crash prevention when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning system. That's improved from "Basic" last year due to the emergency braking added this year. All together, the safety features merit the Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.
The only thing stopping us from giving it a 10 is the Sonata's four-star rollover score, which is a calculated score rather than an actual test.