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2019 Kia Forte

Small car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
  • Driver-side
    G
  • Passenger-side
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior

Headlights
G
only certain
trims/options

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2019
G
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
G
A
2018
G
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
G
A
2017
G
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
G
A
2016
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
A
2015
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
A
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 2019 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 Forte was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Two driver-side small overlap frontal tests of the Forte were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Hyundia/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests, but the vehicle specifications shown below are based on the Institute’s test.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well in both tests, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 6 cm at the lower hinge pillar and footrest. Upper interior intrusion measured 2-4 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

In both tests, 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 in both tests. 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 vehicle 2019 Kia Forte S 4-door
Weight 2,864 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 183 in.
Width 71 in.
Engine 2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 30 mpg city / 40 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1811 VTN1811
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 6 3
Footrest (cm) 6 3
Left toepan (cm) 3 1
Brake pedal (cm) 2 1
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2 2
Upper dash (cm) 4 2
Lower instrument panel (cm) 3 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1811 VTN1811
Head
HIC-15 400 361
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 6 10
Maximum Nij 0.22 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28 30
Femur (kN)
Left 0.3 0.5
Right 0.2 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0 0
Right 0 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0 0
Right 0 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.39 0.52
Right 0.53 0.45
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.2 2.8
Right 1.1 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 54 92
Right 53 60

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Driver 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 2019 model year.

Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification.

Structure

The passenger space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 11 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 6 cm at the dashboard and hinge pillar.

Passenger injury measures

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

Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid off toward the right side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. 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.

Driver injury measures

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

Driver 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.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2019 Kia Forte EX 4-door
Weight 2,836 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 183 in.
Width 71 in.
Engine 2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 30 mpg city / 40 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1827
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 11
Footrest (cm) 8
Right toepan (cm) 4
Center toepan (cm) 2
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Upper dash (cm) 6
Right lower dash (cm) 6

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1827
Head
HIC-15 220
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Femur (kN)
Left 0.6
Right 0.9
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.50
Right 0.47
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.5
Right 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 57
Right 59

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1827
Head
HIC-15 208
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 19
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 35
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.36
Right 0.18
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.6
Right 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 47
Right 46

Applies to 2019 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 2019 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 2019 Kia Forte EX 4-door
Weight 2,909 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 183 in.
Width 71 in.
Engine 2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 30 mpg city / 40 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1823
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 6
Center (cm) 4
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3
Rearward (cm) 5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1823
Head
HIC-15 296
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm) 37
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.1
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.31
Maximum tibia index - right 0.50
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 84
Right 42

Applies to 2019 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 Forte was redesigned for the 2019 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 vehicle 2019 Kia Forte FE 4-door
Weight 2,760 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 183 in.
Width 71 in.
Engine 2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 31 mpg city / 41 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1821
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 ID VTS1821
Head HIC-15 492
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 51
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 45
Average deflection (mm) 37
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.40
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.71
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.9
Combined force (kN) 3.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 152
A-P moment (Nm) -63

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1821
Head HIC-15 148
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 23
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 31
Average deflection (mm) 25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.03
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.44
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.0
Combined force (kN) 1.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 142
A-P moment (Nm) -42

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 2,821 lbs
Peak force 13,619 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.83
Tested vehicle
2019 Kia Forte S 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 2019 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

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 32
Distance below top of head (mm) 0
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.1
Head contact time (ms) 56
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 525

Applies to 2019 models

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW)

Package name

  • Optional (standard on EX trim)

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
6 points total

Forward collision warning

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

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
3 points

Tested vehicle

2019 Kia Forte S 4-door

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2019 models

System details

  • Standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Standard Forward Collision Warning

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
5 points total

Forward collision warning

This system does not meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
3 points

Tested vehicle

2019 Kia Forte S 4-door

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • S trim equipped with Premium package
  • EX trim equipped with Edition package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating
G
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • FE trim
  • LXS trim
  • S trim
  • EX trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • S trim equipped with Premium package
  • EX trim equipped with Edition package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
G
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 131.7 m None
Straightaway left edge 68.3 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.9 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 63.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 60.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 54.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 137.8 m
Straightaway left edge 128.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 64.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 61.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 51.4 m

Trim level(s)
  • FE trim
  • LXS trim
  • S trim
  • EX trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 96.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 22.5 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 42.9 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 31.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 33.0 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 26.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 174.7 m
Straightaway left edge 126.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 58.2 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 54.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 43.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 41.1 m

Applies to 2019 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim S
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) 2-4
Force (lbs) 16
Clearance angle (degrees) 78
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 16
Clearance angle (degrees) 88
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) 21
Clearance angle (degrees) 85
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 21
Clearance angle (degrees) 85
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
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights (optional)

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