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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Sorento earns double 5-star ratings
in side-impact crash-testing... performance was deemed 'Poor
Safety is another area where the Sorento shines
Kelley Blue Book
Most sources give the 2008 Kia Sorento excellent marks for safety; in addition, the Kia Sorento offers a number of standard supplemental safety devices.
TheCarConnection.com has noted some mixed reviews in this area, however. While most sources report that the Sorento Kia received a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for frontal impacts, Edmunds contends that when it comes to side impacts, occupants of the Kia Sorento would not fare so well; results of these tests were "disappointing." The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also reports that side impact results were less than stellar, giving the Sorento Kia a rating of "poor" in this area.
Beyond these issues, the list of the 2008 Kia Sorento's standard safety equipment is impressive: Cars.com says these include a full complement of airbags (including ones for the front passengers' knees), electronic stability and traction control, an "energy-absorbing steering column," and rear child door locks, among other features. Kelley Blue Book reports that the "full-length side-curtain airbags and electronic stability control and traction control" are all standard equipment on the Kia Sorento.
Visibility does not seem to be a problem on the Kia Sorrento; TheCarConnection.com could not find a single complaint in this area. Canadian Auto Press says it provides a "commanding view of the road" and "excellent visibility from all angles."
The 2008 Kia Sorento's safety features are impressive, but side impact protection is a concern.