Chevy Sonic Named 2015 Top Safety Pick by IIHS
General Motors announced today that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the midyear 2015 Chevy Sonic a 2015 Top Safety Pick.
“Customer safety is of utmost importance to Chevrolet, across all segments” said Jeff Boyer, vice president, General Motors Global Vehicle Safety. “The Sonic receiving this designation is a testament to that focus.”
Changes to the Sonic’s front-end structure, door sill, and door pillar were substantial enough for the midyear 2015 model to merit a highest-possible “good” rating in the Small Overlap Front Crash Protection Test. The Sonic also received “good” ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests, earning the Top Safety Pick designation for all Sonic vehicles built after February 2015.
“With good ratings across the board in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, the improved Sonic delivers a high level of protection among small cars in the most common kinds of crashes,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund.
Chevy touts the Sonic as the only car in its class to feature 10 standard airbags, which include knee airbags for both the driver and the front passenger. The Sonic also comes with two optional safety features, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, which help to prevent accidents before they happen.
In the event of a crash, the 2015 Chevy Sonic’s body structure—over 60% of which is composed of advanced steels—will absorb crash energy and provide a protective “safety cage” around the vehicle’s passengers.