New Sonata Earns Top U.S. Safety Ratings

The latest model of Hyundai Motor's Sonata sedan has received top ratings in safety testing by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In May, the carmaker's new Genesis sedan also received "good" ratings in all categories of the test.

Hyundai said on Friday that the LF Sonata got a spot on the IIHS Top Safety Pick + list and that the company expects the achievement will boost its sales.

The new Sonata garnered "good" ratings on the four-result scale -- good, acceptable, marginal and poor -- in four crash tests. Only in the small overlap front test, which is regarded as the most difficult and was introduced last year to raise the bar, was it rated "acceptable." 

In the small overlap front test, a vehicle travels at 64 km/h toward a barrier with a deformable face made of aluminum honeycomb and 25 percent of the front bumper strikes the barrier on the driver side.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 21, 2014 10:06 KST