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2013 Kia Sorento

Midsize SUV
2011 Kia Sorento shown
2011 Kia Sorento shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

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


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
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2015
P
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
2009
G
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2011-13 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 2011 model year (there was no 2010 model). 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. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2011 Kia Sorento EX 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,964 lbs.
Side airbags front and second row head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 184 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 3.5 L V6
EPA ratings 19 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1002
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 12
Center (cm) 12
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 11
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1002
Head
HIC-15 203
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 27
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.9
Femur force - right (kN) 1.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.39
Maximum tibia index - right 0.46
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 76
Right 135

Applies to 2011-13 models built after March 2010

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
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 2011 model year (there was no 2010 model). Beginning with 2011 models built after March 2010, design changes were made to the front door trim to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

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.

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 vehicle 2011 Kia Sorento EX 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,812 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and second row head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 184 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1006
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.
-8.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1006
Head HIC-15 186
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 23
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 25
Average deflection (mm) 24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.54
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.38
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.3
Combined force (kN) 4.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 59
A-P moment (Nm) 30

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1006
Head HIC-15 120
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 30
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 27
Average deflection (mm) 24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.26
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.55
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.3
Combined force (kN) 4.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 63
A-P moment (Nm) 26

Applies to 2011-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 4,048 lbs
Peak force 17,455 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.31
Tested vehicle
2011 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 2012-15 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 seat (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seat (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm) 51
Distance below top of head (mm) -8
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.6
Head contact time (ms) 66
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 53
Max neck tension (N) 488

Applies to 2013-15 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

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

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