Applies to 2015 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Driver injury measures|
|Rear passenger injury measures|
|Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.
The Kia Forte was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Beginning with 2015 models, the seat-mounted side torso airbags and front door trim were modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of side crash test verification.
Because the side structure and the rear occupant compartment of the car were not changed, the injury ratings for the passenger and the structure rating are based on tests of both the 2014 and 2015 models.
Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.
Passenger — In both tests, measures from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.
Passenger — In both tests, the dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2015 Kia Forte LX 4-door|
|Weight|| 2,844 lbs.|
|Side airbags||standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags|
|Engine||1.8 L 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||26 mpg city / 39 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) |
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
Driver injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||38|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.8|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||39|
|Average deflection (mm)||35|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||5.82|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.84|
|Iliac force (kN)||2.1|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||1.7|
|Combined force (kN)||3.8|
Passenger injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||33||43|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.6||1.5|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||34||38|
|Average deflection (mm)||27||33|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||3.51||2.88|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.47||0.46|
|Iliac force (kN)||0.2||0.3|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||1.4||0.6|
|Combined force (kN)||1.4||0.6|