2016 Kia Sorento Earns Top Safety Scores From IIHS

February 20, 2015

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.

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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.

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