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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Four stars overall
Top Safety Pick
…when it comes to safety, all Sorentos are created equal…
…a commanding view of the road ahead.
Outward visibility is reasonably good despite a thick D-pillar.
With at least above-average crash test scores from both of the major agencies, the 2013 Kia Sorento has much to provide families in the way of safety. It doesn't offer some of the latest optional safety technology you'll find on other SUVs and crossovers, but the basics and a few options earn it a high score here.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety calls the Sorento a Top Safety Pick, which means it earns a "good" score on all IIHS crash tests, including a new roof-crush score. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), meanwhile, rates the Sorento at four stars overall; four stars each for frontal impacts and rollover protection are offset by a five-star side-impact protection score.Each 2013 Sorento comes with dual front, side, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; and active headrests.
Visibility is fine, even with the Sorento's substantial rear roof pillars. A rearview camera is offered on high-end versions, but it's packaged with an expensive navigation system. Bluetooth, however, is standard on all models.
The Sorento's safety performance has been a strong point.