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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Acceptable," front and side impacts
Five stars, front and side impacts; four stars, rollover resistance (4WD; three stars, FWD)
Rear-roof styling impedes vision to right-rear and dead astern
Safety and security while riding in the 2009 Kia Sportage are at the middle of the pack.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Sportage “acceptable” ratings for front and side impacts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards the Sportage five out of five stars for front and side impact protection. In terms of rollover resistance, the 4WD version of the 2009 Kia Sportage scores a respectable four stars, but the 2WD version scores only three stars.
"All-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard," as are "six airbags, including side curtain airbags,” reports Cars.com.
There's a bit of a rearward visibility issue, according to some reviews. ConsumerGuide comments, "Kia 2009 rear-roof styling impedes vision to right-rear and dead astern."
The 2009 Kia Sportage doesn't score with the best for occupant protection, even though it has the feature set.