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2016 Kia Forte

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2015 Kia Forte shown
2015 Kia Forte shown
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    M
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A


Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
A
G
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
M
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Kia Forte was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Beginning with the 2015 models, Kia increased the strength of the occupant compartment structure (A-pillar, door sill, seat support crossmember, among other parts) to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

Structure

The driver space was not maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 20 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 15-17 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel. The door sill was pushed in laterally 6 cm toward the driver, and the steering column was pushed back 6 cm.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity, including head injury risk from the instrument panel hit.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid off the left side. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2015 Kia Forte LX 4-door
Weight 2,848 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 180 in.
Width 70 in.
Engine 1.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 32 mpg city / 37 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1436
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 20
Footrest (cm) 10
Left toepan (cm) 5
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 6
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 6
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 16
Upper dash (cm) 17
Lower instrument panel (cm) 15

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1436
Head
HIC-15 149
Peak gs at hard contact not meas.
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21
Femur (kN)
Left 1.4
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.51
Right 0.61
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.6
Right 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 108
Right 52

Applies to 2014-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Kia Forte was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side torso airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 Kia Forte EX 4-door
Weight 2,877 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 180 in.
Width 70 in.
Engine 2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 24 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1305
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -4
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1305
Head
HIC-15 298
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 11
Maximum Nij 0.40
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.0
Femur force - right (kN) 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.32
Maximum tibia index - right 0.33
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 59
Right 81

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
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.

Injury measures

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.

Head protection

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 2014 Kia Forte EX 4-door
Weight 2,859 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 180 in.
Width 70 in.
Engine 2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 24 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1232 VTS1410
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.
-17.0 -17.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1410
Head HIC-15 376
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 38
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 39
Average deflection (mm) 35
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.82
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.84
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7
Combined force (kN) 3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.0
L-M moment (Nm) 41
A-P moment (Nm) 214

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1232 VTS1410
Head HIC-15 279 307
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.4 1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 33 43
Lateral force (kN) 1.6 1.5
Torso
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
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.4 0.6
Combined force (kN) 1.4 0.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.4 1.3
L-M moment (Nm) 79 26
A-P moment (Nm) -219 -206

Applies to 2014-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 2,812 lbs
Peak force 14,015 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.98
Tested vehicle
2014 Kia Forte LX 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2014-16 models built after May 2013

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats built after May 2013

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seats mfg after May 2013
Geometry
Backset (mm) 0
Distance below top of head (mm) -13
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.5
Head contact time (ms) 52
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 262

Applies to 2013-16 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2015-16 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim LX
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 23
Clearance angle (degrees) 71
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 29
Clearance angle (degrees) 74
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 26
Clearance angle (degrees) 71
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 28
Clearance angle (degrees) 69
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights (optional)

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