The 2014 Kia Sportage has a very strong list fo safety features; but its crash-test ratings aren't all top-notch.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives front-drive Sportages an overall score of four stars, while all-wheel-drive models earn a five-star score. The Sportage earns mostly top 'good' ratings across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). And it's earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick nod.
Yet one glaring exception is that the Sportage flunked the IIHS small overlap frontal test, with 'poor' results.
We recommend the rear parking sensors and rearview camera here, as the Sportage does have some significant blind spots and difficult rearview visibility.
Dual front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; and stability control are standard in all Sportage models. In addition, they have standard hill-start assist and downhill brake assist, which aid and abet all-traction capability.