Family vehicles need to ace all the safety ratings. And rest assured, the 2015 Kia Sorento has done exactly that.
In tests from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it's earned nearly all top scores. In federal NHTSA testing, it earns five stars overall, with only a single four-star rollover-resistance rating keeping it from perfection. And as for the IIHS, the Sorento gets mostly 'good' ratings from that agency. The one thing that keeps it from doing any better than the '8' we've given it is its bottom-of-the-heap 'poor' rating in the IIHS small overlap frontal impact test.
The 2015 Sorento includes all the expected airbags, as well as an electronic stability system. It also has a driver knee airbag and Bluetooth as standard equipment, while a rearview camera is an option on the Sorento LX and EX. Although there's a caution for those who are holding specs up against some of the rival crossover models: Its third-row seat isn't covered by its curtain airbags.
But there are plenty of safety features that will help keep you out of trouble, and visibility is quite good from the driver's seat. Blind-spot monitors, which alert the driver if vehicles are approaching in out-of-sight places, are available on the LX and EX and standard on the Sorento SX. And parking sensors, another handy feature for close quarters, are an option on the LX and standard on all other trim levels.