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2016 Kia Sedona

minivan

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention

2016 Kia Sedona Minivan
2015 Kia Sedona shown

Crashworthiness

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

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Basic

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning

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 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Kia Sedona SX

The Kia Sedona was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Two tests of the Sedona were conducted. In the first test, the unlocked driver door opened, which shouldn't happen because the driver could be partly or completely ejected from the vehicle. Also, intrusion into the occupant compartment was exacerbated by the door not remaining in place to help absorb crash forces.

In response, Kia reprogrammed the standard autolock feature, which locks all doors when the vehicle is placed in forward or reverse gear, to prevent consumers from disabling this feature, beginning with 2015 models built after November 2014. In addition, Kia started a service campaign to similarly reprogram the autolock feature on 2015 models built earlier.

In the second test with locked doors, the driver door stayed shut, and intrusion was significantly reduced. Ratings of the Sedona are based on the second test.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the second of two small overlap frontal crash tests.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the second crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together in the second crash test to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Intrusion into the driver's space was reasonably well controlled in the second test, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1453
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 11
Footrest (cm) 10
Left toepan (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm) 12
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 12
Upper dash (cm) 10
Lower instrument panel (cm) 8

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1453
Head
HIC-15 102
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Femur (kN)
Left 3.1
Right 0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 8
Right 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.53
Right 0.46
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.3
Right 0.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 47
Right 54

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Kia Sedona SX Limited

The Kia Sedona was redesigned for the 2015 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 VTF1409
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -5
Rearward (cm) -6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1409
Head
HIC-15 207
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 19
Maximum Nij 0.32
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.1
Femur force - right (kN) 0.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.28
Maximum tibia index - right 0.31
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 0.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 36
Right 72

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Kia Sedona EX or SX with standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Kia Sedona was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of side crash test verification.

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle:2015 Kia Sedona EX or SX

The Kia Sedona was redesigned for the 2015 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 VTS1409
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -14.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1409
Head HIC-15 118
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Compression (kN) 0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 20
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 28
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.95
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.40
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.3
Combined force (kN) 3.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 100
A-P moment (Nm) 18

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1409
Head HIC-15 101
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 22
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 27
Average deflection (mm) 21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.67
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.30
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.6
Combined force (kN) 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 95
A-P moment (Nm) 25

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Kia Sedona SX

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,583 lbs
Peak force 22,074 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.82

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 8
Distance below top of head (mm) 19
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.2
Head contact time (ms) 54
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 318

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Warning System

Package name

  • Optional Limited Technology Package

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • Autobrake not available.
Basic
Basic
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • SX trim equipped with 8-Passenger Technology package
  • SXL trim equipped with 8-Passenger Technology package
  • SXL trim equipped with Technology package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

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 good on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the gradual right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SX trim equipped with 8-Passenger Technology package
  • SXL trim equipped with 8-Passenger Technology package
  • SXL trim equipped with Technology package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 66.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 41.8 m None
250m radius right curve, left edge 67.0 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 48.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 66.6 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 45.0 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 143.8 m
Straightaway left edge 125.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 80.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 61.5 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 68.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • L trim
  • LX trim
  • EX trim
  • SX trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on the gradual right and both left curves.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right and gradual left curves and inadequate on the sharp left and sharp right curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • L trim
  • LX trim
  • EX trim
  • SX trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 92.5 m 427.1 %
Straightaway left edge 57.9 m 427.1 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 54.4 m 188.9 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.2 m 67.1 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 45.0 m 261.9 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 41.8 m 44.4 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 172.3 m
Straightaway left edge 155.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 51.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 52.7 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2015-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim LX
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 3 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 3 6 4 5
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
4
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
5
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 8
Clearance angle (degrees) 65
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 9
Clearance angle (degrees) 67
Tether anchor
Location Bottom seatback
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) 0-2
Force (lbs) 12
Clearance angle (degrees) 61
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 20
Clearance angle (degrees) 61
Tether anchor
Location Bottom seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 32

5

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Bottom seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 33

4

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 14
Clearance angle (degrees) 72
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 14
Clearance angle (degrees) 74
Tether anchor
Location Bottom seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated