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2016 Kia Sorento

Midsize SUV

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
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  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and second row head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2016
G
G
G
G
G
2015
P
G
G
G
G
2014
P
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2009
G
P
G
2008
G
P
G
2007
G
P
G
2006
A
P
P
2005
A
P
P
2004
A
P
P
2003
A
P
P

Applies to 2016 models

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

The Kia Sorento was redesigned for the 2016 model year.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 9 cm at the footrest. Upper interior intrusion measured 5-6 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel.

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

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2016 Kia Sorento EX 4wd
Weight 4,159 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and second row head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length187 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1501
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)7
Footrest (cm)9
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)7
Brake pedal (cm)5
Parking brake (cm)7
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)4
Steering column0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)5
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)6
Lower instrument panel (cm)6

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1501
Head
HIC-1598
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)19
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Femur (kN)
Left1.6
Right0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left3
Right0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.41
Right0.65
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left1.3
Right0.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left67
Right73

Applies to 2016 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 Sorento was redesigned for the 2016 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 thorax airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2016 Kia Sorento LX 4wd
Weight 4,082 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and second row head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length187 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1418
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)2
Left (cm)3
Center (cm)4
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-3
Rearward (cm)4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1418
Head
HIC-15193
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)12
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm)22
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.0
Femur force - right (kN)0.2
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.30
Maximum tibia index - right0.34
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left35
Right64

Applies to 2016 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
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 Sorento was redesigned for the 2016 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

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

Passenger — Measures taken 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 and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — 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 vehicle2016 Kia Sorento EX 4wd
Weight 4,104 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and second row head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length187 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1420
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.
-16.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1420
Head HIC-15210
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)32
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.25
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.76
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.1
Acetabulum force (kN)1.3
Combined force (kN)3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)98
A-P moment (Nm) -45

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1420
Head HIC-1585
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)24
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)35
Average deflection (mm)24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.98
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.55
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.5
Acetabulum force (kN)1.8
Combined force (kN)2.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)123
A-P moment (Nm) -27

Applies to 2016 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight4,154 lbs
Peak force19,533 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.70
Tested vehicle
2016 Kia Sorento EX 4-door 4wd
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 2016 models

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

Power leather seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)18
Distance below top of head (mm)-22
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.6
Head contact time (ms)54
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)365

Applies to 2016 models

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Warning System

Package name

  • Optional Limited Technology Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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