The 2018 Hyundai Sonata gets top safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It is now a Top Safety Pick+ sedan, which is the highest safety score.
That’s a great improvement for the 2018 newly facelifted Sonata. The current 2017 year model only is an IIHS Top Safety Pick; it doesn’t earn the coveted “+” because of “poor” scoring headlights. The extra tech for 2018 pays off.
Note: The IIHS made scoring the extra “+” more difficult beginning in 2017. Top Safety Pick+ scoring cars now must offer “superior” or “advanced” front crash prevention and “good” or “acceptable” scoring headlights.
The 2018 Sonata scores the top award with its the front crash prevention add-on – that scores “superior” again this year – and an upgrade to the optional bending headlights now scoring “acceptable.” Those head-lights push the Sonata to the top.
Part of being a Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ is scoring “good” in all five crash tests. These are the test that physically put the model through lab controlled crash tests, like the above photo. Again, as a plus, the Sonata is all in the green.