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2007 Kia Sorento

Midsize SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags
2
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes (beginning with 2007 models)
3
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control (beginning with 2007 models)
4
Antilock brakes (standard beginning with 2007 models, optional on 2003-06 models)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
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 2007-09 models

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

The Kia Sorento was introduced in the 2003 model year. All 2007 and later Sorento models include frontal airbag and seat belt modifications to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes. A driver knee airbag was added at the same time.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia and foot indicate that injuries to the lower leg and foot would be possible. Head acceleration was low from the B-pillar hit and negligible from the roof rail hit.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and roof rail. Plus the driver's seat tipped toward the door.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Kia Sorento LX 4wd
Weight 4,321 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length181 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0727
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)9
Left (cm)8
Center (cm)7
Right (cm)7
Brake pedal (cm)6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-1
Rearward (cm)2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)2

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0727
Head
HIC-15411
Peak gs at hard contact10
Neck
Tension (kN)1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm)17
Maximum Nij 0.42
Chest maximum compression (mm)43
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.5
Femur force - right (kN)3.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)3
Knee displacement - right (mm)3
Maximum tibia index - left0.26
Maximum tibia index - right0.77
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN)7.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left98
Right206

Applies to 2003-09 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
M
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
P
Pelvis/leg
P
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 introduced in the 2003 model year. Although engineering changes were made to improve frontal crashworthiness beginning with 2007 models, these changes were not expected to affect side-impact performance.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that a fracture of the pelvis would be likely in a crash of this severity, and rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be possible. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive.

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.

Passenger — The dummy's head was contained within the vehicle by the pillar behind the rear passenger door and 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 vehicle2008 Kia Sorento LX 4wd
Weight 4,325 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length181 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0747
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.
0.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0747
Head HIC-15344
Neck
Tension (kN)2.1
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)61
Lateral force (kN)2.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)45
Average deflection (mm)33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)7.11
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.33
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)6.4
Acetabulum force (kN)2.7
Combined force (kN)7.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.6
L-M moment (Nm)98
A-P moment (Nm) 18

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0747
Head HIC-15493
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)15
Lateral force (kN)1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)23
Average deflection (mm)16
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.07
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.25
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.1
Acetabulum force (kN)1.0
Combined force (kN)2.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)92
A-P moment (Nm) -38

Applies to 2007-09 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

Manual cloth seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)62
Distance below top of head (mm)36
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.9
Head contact time (ms)52
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)15
Max neck tension (N)275

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