Bill Dodge Hyundai serving Portland Hyundai shoppers is pleased to inform consumers that the 2011 Hyundai Sonata has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK — the institute’s highest honor.
This award is only given to those vehicles that do a superior job protecting people in front, side, rear and rollover crashes. A car’s ability to handle itself in these crashes is determined by how many “GOOD” ratings it receives in each of the IIHS tests. Additionally, the vehicle must have electronic stability control readily available as an option.
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is built from the ground up with safety in mind, with a hot stamped ultra-high-strength steel body structure, advanced airbag technology and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), delivering on Hyundai’s commitment to both active and passive safety technology leadership. Once again every 2011 Sonata has lifesaving ESC as standard equipment. This is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that ESC results in 35 percent fewer single-vehicle crashes and 30 percent fewer single-vehicle fatalities in passenger cars.
The Sonata also features a state-of-the-art Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Sonata features six airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags—along with active front-seat head restraints.
While past Hyundai models, such as the Genesis, have been named IIHS “Top Safety Picks,” the standards are higher than ever for 2010, with a roof strength test added to the qualifications. According to the new guidelines, roofs must be more than double the strength of current federal requirements in order to better maintain vehicle integrity in the event of a rollover accident.
Because this roof strength test is so demanding, many of the vehicles that had previously been named “Top Safety Picks” were dropped from the list in 2010. From the 2011 Sonata’s inception, Hyundai engineers carefully considered the importance of roof strength and designed the newest edition to pass this high hurdle set by the IIHS.
It’s no coincidence that the 2011 Sonata joins company with the other “Top Safety Picks.” During development of the 2011 Sonata, Hyundai did its own crash tests using the same procedures as the Institute. When it came time for the actual IIHS’ tests, the Sonata achieved a “GOOD” rating in every category, reflecting Hyundai’s commitment to safety and engineering excellence.
Portland Hyundai shoppers can experience the top rated 2011 Hyundai Sonata at Bill Dodge Hyundai with locations in Brunswick and Westbrook Maine.
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