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2014 Kia Sorento

Midsize SUV

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
  • Small overlap front
    P
  • 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 (optional)
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 2014 models

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

The Kia Sorento was re-engineered for the 2014 model year.

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 28 cm at the parking brake pedal, and lower hinge pillar intrusion was 27 cm. Upper interior intrusion measured 21 cm at the hinge pillar and 18 cm at the instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 7 cm toward the driver.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity and injuries to the left thigh and knee would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 13 cm to the right. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy's head vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2014 Kia Sorento LX 4wd
Weight 4,053 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and second row head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length184 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1406
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)27
Footrest (cm)19
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)10
Brake pedal (cm)6
Parking brake (cm)28
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)15
Steering column7
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)21
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)18
Lower instrument panel (cm)18

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1406
Head
HIC-15179
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)11
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm)18
Femur (kN)
Left7.5
Right1.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left17
Right4
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left14
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left1.51
Right0.47
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left3.0
Right1.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left120
Right51

Applies to 2014 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 re-engineered 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. 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 vehicle2014 Kia Sorento EX 4wd
Weight 3,986 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and second row head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length184 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1224
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)6
Left (cm)10
Center (cm)8
Right (cm)5
Brake pedal (cm)6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1224
Head
HIC-15218
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)17
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm)14
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.6
Femur force - right (kN)2.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)6
Maximum tibia index - left0.40
Maximum tibia index - right0.54
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left64
Right91

Applies to 2014 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 re-engineered for the 2014 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.

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 vehicle2014 Kia Sorento EX 4wd
Weight 3,984 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and second row head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length184 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1229
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.
-13.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1229
Head HIC-15199
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)30
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)24
Average deflection (mm)23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.40
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.40
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.8
Acetabulum force (kN)2.4
Combined force (kN)4.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.6
L-M moment (Nm)98
A-P moment (Nm) 25

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1229
Head HIC-15156
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)22
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)27
Average deflection (mm)22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.50
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.40
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.6
Acetabulum force (kN)1.7
Combined force (kN)1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.4
L-M moment (Nm)123
A-P moment (Nm) 20

Applies to 2014 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight4,048 lbs
Peak force17,455 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.31
Tested vehicle
Re-engineering of the vehicle beginning with 2014 models did not affect the rollover rating. Rating applies to the 2011-13 models (tested) and the similar 2014 model.
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 2012-14 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 typeManual cloth seat (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)51
Distance below top of head (mm)-8
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.6
Head contact time (ms)66
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)53
Max neck tension (N)488

Applies to 2013-14 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

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