If you’re in the market for a safe car for your family and aren’t about that van or crossover life just yet, look to Hyundai to fill your needs.

Safety is oftentimes the number one priority for new car buyers, just ask a few Volvo owners. And it looks like Hyundai’s engineers have done their homework for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata because according to IIHS’s latest round of testing they updated earlier today (Jan 17, 2018) the Hyundai Sonata pretty much got straight As on IIHS’s final exam.

There are nine major categories that the IIHS tested the Sonata for which includes the Small overlap front test from the passenger and driver side, the moderate overlap front test, side test, roof strength, head restraints and seats, front crash prevention, headlights and child seat anchors ease of use. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata got the best score of good on all those tests, even the headlight test which they scored a poor rating in 2017.

The only hiccup was a score of moderate for child seat anchors ease of use. All moderate means is that it was probably slightly more difficult to install a child seat in the Sonata when compared to another vehicle that’s more easier to do so. An easier child seat installation means the safest conditions for a child. A poor rating would lead parents to install seats improperly which would not bode well for small children.

IIHS did not include the latest round of crash testing, which I assume they’ll drop late, but they did post up last year’s tests which I’ve posted below. Additionally, they’ve posted a couple of photos of the aftermath from last year’s testing.

Keep in mind that in order to get the best safety rating from the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, you will have to spec out automatic emergency braking and LED headlights, both which are optional.

So if you on the fence if you want a Sonata or not, rest assured that if you pick Sonata, you’re getting a pretty safe car as far as passive safety is concerned.

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