2017 Kia Sportage Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+
Kia has always had a commitment to safety and now, it’s never been more noticeable with the 2017 Kia Sportage. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one of the nation’s leading car safety organizations, recently named the South Korean carmaker’s newest model a Top Safety Pick+.
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“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the industry when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and as such, the Top Safety Pick+ designation is a significant achievement,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America. “We are especially proud to have our all-new Sportage earn that [Top Safety Pick+] rating in light of IIHS’ new, more challenging standards, validating the efforts of our engineers and the priority we place on safety.”
For 2016, IIHS testing has increased its parameters, requiring each vehicle that is named a Top Safety Pick+ to earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests. These tests include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints. It also must have an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention in order to qualify for a Top Safety Pick+.
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Because of the 2017 Kia Sportage’s laundry list of driving-assistance systems and safety features, it was easily in the running for the Top Safety Pick+ designation. Its list of features includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System, Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Bi-HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light. It even has front and rear parking assist.
With these safety features—along with IIHS’ highest designation—the Sportage is sure to keep you safe when you’re out on the road.