Kia Sorento with improved headlights earns highest IIHS award

August 22, 2017

The 2018 Kia Sorento, a midsize SUV, qualifies for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to newly available acceptable-rated headlights.

The 2017 Sorento qualified for the Top Safety Pick award but fell short of the "plus" designation because it came only with poor headlights.

Like the previous model, the new Sorento has good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — and has an optional front crash prevention rating that earns a superior rating.

The 2018 model's acceptable headlights are on the SXL trim and on the SX trim when equipped with the Advanced Technology package. The acceptable rating applies only to vehicles built after May 2017. Other trim levels and all Sorentos produced earlier come with poor-rated headlights.

To earn a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.

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