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The 2009 Kia Sorento's safety features and scores for frontal impact are impressive, but side impact protection is a concern.
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in side-impact crash-testing... performance was deemed 'Poor

Sorento earns double 5-star ratings
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Safety is another area where the Sorento shines
Kelley Blue Book

The 2009 Kia Sorento comes with a wide range of standard safety features, some of which are optional on other vehicles in its price range. Crash-test results are generally good, too, and most sources give the 2009 Kia Sorento excellent marks for safety.

TheCarConnection.com notes mixed reviews in this area, however. While most sources report that the Kia Sorento receives 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 are "disappointing." The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also states that side impact results are less than stellar, giving the Kia Sorento a rating of "poor" in this area.

Beyond these issues, the list of the 2009 Kia Sorento's standard safety equipment is impressive: Cars.com says these include a full complement of airbags (including 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 is often an issue in vehicles of this type, but it doesn’t seem to be a problem on the Kia Sorento; 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 2009 Kia Sorento's safety features and scores for frontal impact are impressive, but side impact protection is a concern.

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