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IIHS Names the 2019 Kia Stinger a Top Safety Pick Plus

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A car can look and sound incredibly cool, but if it’s not safe, there’s really no point in driving it. The 2019 Kia Stinger is easily all of the above. The appealing performance sedan was recently named a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety thanks to some available driver-assistive features and a handful of its standard features.

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To be considered for a 2019 Top Safety Pick Plus award, a vehicle must earn a “Good” rating in all six crashworthiness tests: head restraint, side, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, driver-side small overlap front, and roof strength. Additionally, the car must earn an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention as well as a “Good” headlight rating.

When equipped with the optional Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system with Pedestrian Detection, the 2019 Kia Stinger received “Good” ratings in all of the crashworthiness tests, a “Good” headlight rating (when equipped with LED projector headlights), and a “Superior” rating for the optional front crash prevention system.

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“No detail was too small to be obsessed over during the Stinger’s development process,” said Michael Cole, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Kia Motors America. “Stinger was engineered to be the fastest and highest performing vehicle in Kia’s history, undergoing the company’s most intense R&D effort to date, but it also continues Kia’s tradition of offering advanced collision avoidance systems. Earning another TSP+ award is just one more piece of evidence demonstrating our commitment to ‘Give it Everything.’”

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With the Stinger receiving this incredible rating, that increased the total number of Kia vehicles with 2019 Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus ratings to 10. Other IIHS-award-winning Kia models include the Cadenza, Forte, Niro, Niro Plug-in Hybrid, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-Door, Sorento, and Soul.