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2014 Kia Forte

small car / 4-door sedan

2014 Kia Forte 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2014 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Kia Forte EX 4-door

The Kia Forte was redesigned for the 2014 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 23 cm to the right, resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the A-pillar. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag deployed.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head and torso barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved far to the right. The seat belt allowed the dummy to move too far forward, and the head hit the intruding A-pillar, contributing to a moderate risk of head injury.

Door hinge pillar, driver footwell, and instrument panel intrusion was extensive and contributed to a high risk of injury to the left thigh and a significant risk to the left lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1318
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 27
Footrest (cm) 9
Left toepan (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 10
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 6
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 28
Upper dash (cm) 25
Lower instrument panel (cm) 21

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1318
Head
HIC-15 355
Peak gs at hard contact 91
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.42
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 10.2
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 17
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 38
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 1.08
Right 0.78
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.5
Right 1.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 78
Right 49

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2014-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Kia Forte EX 4-door

The Kia Forte was redesigned 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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1305
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -4
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1305
Head
HIC-15 298
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 11
Maximum Nij 0.40
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.0
Femur force - right (kN) 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.32
Maximum tibia index - right 0.33
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 59
Right 81

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2014 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Kia Forte EX 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Kia Forte was redesigned 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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1232
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -17.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1232
Head HIC-15 239
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 44
Lateral force (kN) 2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 40
Average deflection (mm) 36
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.72
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.79
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.9
Combined force (kN) 4.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.8
L-M moment (Nm) 34
A-P moment (Nm) 246

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1232
Head HIC-15 279
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 33
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34
Average deflection (mm) 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.51
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.47
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.4
Combined force (kN) 1.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.4
L-M moment (Nm) 79
A-P moment (Nm) -219

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2014-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Kia Forte LX 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,812 lbs
Peak force 14,015 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.98

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seats built after May 2013

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seats mfg after May 2013
Geometry
Backset (mm) 0
Distance below top of head (mm) -13
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.5
Head contact time (ms) 52
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 262

Seat type: Manual cloth seats built before June 2013

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seats mfg before June 2013
Geometry
Backset (mm) 26
Distance below top of head (mm) -20
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.0
Head contact time (ms) 69
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 529

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted