Female Friendly 2011 Hyundai Sonata
Attention Ladies… 2011 Hyundai Sonata tested to be Female Friendly
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 10/05/2010
The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency recently revealed its new, more stringent crash rating system. Topping the list are 2011 Hyundai Sonata and the 2011 BMW 5 Series models.
The NHTSA rates all passenger vehicles sold in the United States using the results from front and side crash tests results as well as rollover resistance. Over the past several years, the agency noted that such a large proportion of vehicles were passing the tests with a five-star rating, it needed to increase its standards. No vehicle will retain its prior ranking and all must undergo the new stringent testing to earn a new score.
Its new procedure assesses the results of side pole crash testing, crash prevention technologies and the addition of a female crash test dummy. Unlike before, the results of all the testing is complied to create a single score, making results easier for consumers to comprehend quickly. With more stringent testing, the department's highest rating is now reserved for vehicles with the utmost in safety technology.
"With our upgraded Five-Star Safety Ratings System, we're raising the bar on safety," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "Through new tests, better crash data, and higher standards, we are making the safety ratings tougher and more meaningful for consumers."
Not all 2011 model year vehicles have been tested yet, but the first batch of vehicles resulted in just two five-star results. Hyundai's 2011 Sonata and BMW's 2011 5 Series were the only vehicles tested to receive top overall marks under the new testing. Nearly every other vehicle tested earned a four-star ranking, while the Toyota Camry received an overall ranking of three stars. The Nissan Versa ranked lowest with a two-star rating.
The biggest story with the Sonata is its gas mileage. The four-cylinder engine with an automatic transmission is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway. On average you can get about 38.5 mpg for an entire trip, even if you are maneuvering up huge mountain passes at high altitudes. The four-cylinder engine overall does well for performance.
A number of years back, Hyundai made the decision to invest in safety. Take Electronic Stability Control (ESC). We took note of studies done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which found that ESC reduced crashes and fatalities by as much as 43%. Knowing how many lives could be saved made our goal clear: to make ESC standard on nearly every car we build.
We believe in exterior design; making it dynamic and fluid and utterly head-turning. But, more important, we believe in ergonomic design—the science of making our cars intuitive and comfortable. And, with the introduction of the Genesis, we’ve taken our study of ergonomics to a whole new level.
Designing is only half the equation; which is why Hyundai invests millions of dollars in its assembly plants around the world. The Hyundai plant in Montgomery, Alabama, was built from the ground up to be efficient, quality-focused, and mindful of the people who work there. Every car is put through a series of checks by both uncompromising machines and humans alike, with an eye on making every Hyundai the very best one we can build.
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