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2016 Kia Sorento Named 2015 Top Safety Pick by IIHS

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/19/2015 Jason Udy
2016 Kia Sorento Named 2015 Top Safety Pick by IIHS

The redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento crossover has earned a 2015 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While the last-generation Sorento earned a 2013 Top Safety Pick award, the requirements to earn the distinction changes every year.

Where the previous-generation Kia Sorento earned a Poor rating in the small overlap front test, the new 2016 model earns a Good rating. The 2016 Sorento’s small overlap front test results were significantly better than those of the 2014 model. In the small overlap front test, the 2014 Sorento suffered 11 inches of intrusion at the brake pedal, the side curtain airbag failed to deploy, and the front airbag and dummy’s head didn’t line up correctly. The 2016 Sorento fared much better with only four inches of intrusion at the footrest, side and front airbags worked together to keep the dummy in place. The test results indicate less chance of injury for the new model versus the old model.

Related Link: Research the 2016 Kia Sorento

2015 Kia Sorento IIHS Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Kia Sorento IIHS Front Three Quarter

The small overlap front test was introduced in 2012 to simulate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle crashes with another vehicle or stationary object. Additionally, the 2016 Kia Sorento earned Good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats tests - the same score as the previous model.

Vehicles earning a good or acceptable rating in the small front overlap test and a good rating in the other tests are considered a 2015 Top Safety Pick. Additionally, the 2016 Kia Sorento ’s available forward collision warning earns it a basic rating for front crash protection.

2016 Kia Sorento IIHS Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Kia Sorento IIHS Front Three Quarter

Source: IIHS

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