Kia earns 2 more Top Safety Pick+ awards for 2017

November 1, 2017

2018 Kia Soul

Two more Kia vehicles have earned this year's highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for a total of six.

The 2018 Soul, a small car, and the 2018 Sportage, a small SUV, earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

To qualify for the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.

The optional front crash prevention system on the Soul and the Sportage is rated superior. In the 12 mph IIHS track test, both vehicles avoided a collision. In the 25 mph track test, the Sportage avoided a collision and the Soul's impact speed was reduced by an average of 24 mph. The system on both vehicles includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

When equipped with optional high-intensity discharge (HID) lights, the Soul earns a good headlight rating. The optional HID lights on Sportages built after June create some glare for drivers of oncoming vehicles and therefore earn an acceptable rating. The base halogen headlights on both vehicles earn a poor rating, as do the HID headlights on Sportages built before July.

These two vehicles join four others from Kia that earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award. They are the Forte, a small car; the Optima, a midsize car; the Cadenza, a large car; and the Sorento, a midsize SUV.

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