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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Receives Praise for Safety

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author photo by Nick Palermo September 2011

Decades ago, before innovations like shoulder belts, ABS and airbags, people equated vehicle size with safety. The formula was simple: bigger equals safer. However, modern technology helps the new Chevy Sonic proven that formula wrong.

The subcompact, available as a hatchback or a sedan, is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, a designation awarded to vehicles that offer the best protection in crashes.

The Sonic replaces Chevy's previous subcompact, the Aveo, which scored less than average in the IIHS assessment. But Chevrolet has leapt forward with the Sonic, producing a vehicle with ten airbags standard, extensive use of high-strength steel and panic brake assist technology.

The Sonic scored "good" in each crash test category, the IIHS's top rating. These include the frontal offset, side impact and roof strength tests. Only one other vehicle, the Ford Fiesta, is an IIHS Top Safety Pick in the subcompact segment. IIHS includes other Top Safety Picks in their small car category, but these models are rarely classified as subcompacts.

The IIHS is a non-profit dedicated to preventing automobile crashes and reducing injury and serious injury in those that still occur. In addition to advocating for vehicle safety, the institute conducts and analyzes crash tests and reports the results to consumers. IIHS has seen improved average crash performance in each new category it has introduced since the frontal offset crash test in 1995.

The effort to build safer automobiles is constantly advancing. Cars in all size and price categories are reaping the rewards, but smaller, more economical vehicles like the Sonic, and the drivers who choose them, stand to benefit the most.

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