2021 Hyundai Sonata  RealSafeCars76Safety Rating

#46 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#117 of all 2021 vehicles


Pictured: 2020 Hyundai Sonata
The Sonata, part of Hyundai's lineup for decades, is a midsize sedan with seating up to 5. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the Sonata packs some oomph. Hyundai offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is below average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Hyundai Sonata has a score of 76, implying a 0.048% chance of driver death (4.3% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Hyundai Sonata has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0477% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.4495%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0477% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.4495% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata is 1% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata is 7% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. The following active safety system is included even on lower trims/versions of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (FDA-PED). Optional safety features on the 2021 Hyundai Sonata which we recommend include Lane Departure Warning System and Blind-Spot View Monitoring.

Another advanced safety feature --- while not cutting edge --- can still improve vehicle safety. Side mirror turn signals are optional on the Hyundai Sonata. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you.


And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8753Volkswagen JettaChevrolet MalibuNissan AltimaKia K5Volkswagen PassatHyundai SonataToyota CamryMazda 6Mazda 3Subaru LegacyHonda AccordNissan SentraComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 53 to 87. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is safer than the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta, the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2021 Nissan Altima, and the 2021 Kia K5 and less safe than the 2021 Mazda 6 and the 2021 Toyota Camry. It is about as safe as the 2021 Nissan Sentra.

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