There is so good news about Chevrolet cars lately. The newest one is that the Sonic model from the 2015 model year just got the Top Safety Pick by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The car actually got ‘Good' rating in small overlap front crash test, which you can view in the video below.
Customer's safety is number one priority for the company when building its cars. So it is no surprise that this model has received this designation. The improvements shown in vehicle's Small Overlap Front Crash Protection Test are because of the changes in the front-end structure, door sill and door pillar.
Just for information, IIHS "good" is the highest possible in each test. What is more, the model got the same rating in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. The result is good ratings across the board in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations and of course – the fulfillment of requirements needed to get the Top Safety Pick.
Another interesting fact is that Chevy has made the Sonic the only car in its class to feature 10 standard airbags, including knee one for both driver and front passenger. Additionally, there are sensors throughout the vehicle which decide how many air bags to deploy depending on the crash.
Furthermore, in a case of an accident, car's body has been designed very strong and to absorb crash energy. The advanced steel body structure further provides protective "safety cage" around occupants.
As an option customers can get the car with two additional safety features, which actively work to avoid crashes. These are the Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. The first one alerts the driver if the vehicle in the front becomes slower or is suddenly stopping, while the second one alerts drivers in those cases of unintentionally drifting out of the lane.
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