2020 Hyundai Sonata Safety Ratings Makes It a Family-Friendly Sedan

Christian Wardlaw | Apr 28, 2020

Hyundai reports the redesigned 2020 Sonata has earned a 5-star overall crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The rating adds to the all-new Sonata’s safety-related laurels, as the car is also a Top Safety Pick according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

In the NHTSA testing, the Sonata receives a 5-star rating in every assessment except for driver protection in a frontal impact collision, for which it rates 4 stars. In the IIHS testing, the Top Safety Pick rating applies to Limited trim, which has full LED headlights. The headlights for other versions of the car rate no better than Marginal.

Based on a new vehicle platform that Hyundai will also use for the redesigned 2021 Elantra and an upcoming redesign of the Tucson SUV, the 2020 Sonata’s vehicle architecture employs what Hyundai calls a multi-load path structure to better absorb crash energy immediately following an impact.

Combine this more robust engineering with numerous standard Hyundai Smart Sense advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) designed to help you avoid a collision in the first place, and the Sonata is clearly a family-friendly sedan. Standard equipment on every trim level includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, automatic high-beam headlights, and a driver monitoring system.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited Red Front View

Safety-related upgrades include blind-spot warning with collision avoidance assistance, rear cross-traffic warning with automatic braking, a camera-based Blind View Monitoring system, and a Level 2 adaptive cruise control system with lane-centering assistance technology called Highway Drive Assist.

Hyundai also equips all versions of the Sonata except for the base SE trim level with three free years of Blue Link connected services. With Blue Link, an automatic emergency assistance system springs into action after a collision in order to get first responders on the scene as soon as is possible. Blue Link also provides a panic notification system and allows parents of teenaged drivers to program specific vehicle speed, curfew time, and geographic boundary alerts.

In addition to free Blue Link access for three years, all 2020 Sonatas include three free years of scheduled maintenance in addition to one of the longest warranties available for a new car.

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata comes in SE, SEL, SEL Plus, and Limited trim, and prices start at $23,600. Two engines are available, a 191-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder good for 180 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque starting at a low 1,500 rpm. Hyundai will also sell a hybrid version of the new 2020 Sonata in Blue, SEL, and Limited trim levels, but prices were not set as this article was published. A performance-tuned Sonata N-Line is also in the works, arriving for 2021 with a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making an estimated 290 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.

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