The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata has now secured a place in the top tier of affordable mid-size sedans for safety-conscious shoppers. It's been tested by the federal government, and in ratings recently released has earned an excellent five stars both overall and in frontal and side-impact categories.
The Sonata's federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) results include 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.
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That's in addition to the new Sonata's almost perfect set of scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which rank it 'good' in all tests except the tough small overlap frontal test, where it achieves 'acceptable.' The 2015 Sonata also earns the IIHS 'Basic' nod for front crash prevention, when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning system, as part of the Ultimate Package; as the IIHS notes, it's strictly a warning system, not one that will automatically brake as the systems in some rival vehicles like the 2015 Subaru Legacy.
Not every member of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata family is such a high achiever. Keep in mind that the Sonata Hybrid continues into this model year in the old body style—and continues with the former Sonata's four-star frontal impact score (although it does also achieve five stars overall).
If you want the new body style, the mainstream 2015 Sonata models aren't that far behind in fuel efficiency, provided you do more highway driving than city stop-and-go. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco earns 28 mpg city, 38 highway from the EPA, while the Hybrid gets 36 mpg city, 40 highway.
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