2016 Kia Sorento Gets Five-Star Safety Rating From NHTSA
The 2016 Kia Sorento was given a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the company announced today. The high overall score was chosen due to the Sorento's high ratings in the organization's frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests. The crossover was awarded five stars for both frontal and side crash tests, while it was given a four-star rating in the rollover evaluation, with a risk of rollover placed at 15 percent.
NHTSA's frontal crash is administered with a dummies simulating an average male in the driver's seat and an average female in the front passenger's seat. The test vehicle accelerates to a speed of 35 mph before hitting a fixed barrier with forces spread evenly across the front end. Injury measures taken from both dummies indicated a low risk of head, neck, chest, and leg injuries in the Sorento.
Side impact crashes are administered in two ways. In one, the Kia was hit broadside with a sled simulating another vehicle at about 38.5 mph. A large dummy was placed in the driver's seat, with a smaller dummy placed in the driver's side rear passenger seat. Again, measurements taken indicate a low risk of injuries to either dummy in this type of crash. The second test is much harsher, simulating a collision where the vehicle slides off the roadway and hits a pole or tree at 20 mph. This type of collision typically results in lots of sheetmetal deformation, but the small dummy in the driver's seat showed little signs of injury to the head or pelvis.
With such a high safety rating, Kia is no doubt pleased with their new family crossover. Safety is of paramount importance in this segment, so we're sure prospective and current owners are all the more pleased with their Sorento purchase. Of course, the Kia's full suite of driver, passenger, side impact, and curtain airbags no doubt helped cushion the blows, literally.
Sources: Kia, NHTSA