The 2016 Kia Sorento has been run through the full set of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests, and it’s emerged with top-tier ‘good’ scores in all respects—including frontal and side impact, roof strength, rear impact (seats and head restraints).
The new third-generation Sorento, which was fully redesigned this year, with much-improved refinement and cabin appointments, also earned a top ‘good’ rating in the typically tougher small overlap test; and with the new Forward Collision Warning System that’s part of the so-called Limited Technology Package, it earns the IIHS ‘basic’ nod for frontal crash prevention.
That’s a major improvement over the 2014-2015 Kia Sorento, which earned a bottom-rung ‘poor’ rating in small overlap and didn’t offer any sort of front crash prevention. However with no automatic-braking function for anticipated collisions, it’s not able to meet the ‘advanced’ or ‘superior’ rating necessary for the Sorento to garner the Institute’s highest Top Safety Pick+ rating.
The 2016 Sorento hasn’t yet been rated by the federal government, as part of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests—although the previous Sorento achieved top five-star scores in all crash categories, and Kia is expecting the reengineered model to do the same.