CARS.COM — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named Hyundai's updated 2018 Sonata mid-size family sedan a Top Safety Pick Plus when equipped with the optional forward collision system with auto emergency braking and LED headlights.
To achieve a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, the 2018 Sonata got the required good ratings in five crashworthiness tests, including moderate overlap front crash, small overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. The Sonata also earned the highest superior rating for its optional front crash prevention system with automatic emergency braking, which is available on SEL and Limited trims and standard on the Limited 2.0T.
The LED headlight systems were rated acceptable, one short of the top rating of good. Headlights must be rated good or acceptable for the vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick Plus designation. The LEDs are standard on Limited and Limited 2.0T models.
The 2018's rating is a step up from the 2017 Sonata, which was rated a Top Safety Pick, but not a Plus, thanks to a grade of poor for its headlight combinations. The new Sonata is one of the first 2018 models rated by IIHS, but the new rating also brings the Sonata more in line with many of its mid-size four-door sedan rivals, such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, which were both rated Top Safety Pick Plus for 2017 models.