Top Safety Pick

2012 Kia Sorento

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2012 Kia Sorento 4-door SUV
2011 Kia Sorento shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

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.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Kia Sorento EX 4-door 4wd

The Kia Sorento was redesigned for the 2011 model year (there was no 2010 model). 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
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2011-13 models built after March 2010

Tested vehicle: 2011 Kia Sorento EX 4-door 4wd with standard front and second row head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Kia Sorento was redesigned for the 2011 model year (there was no 2010 model). Beginning with 2011 models built after March 2010, design changes were made to the front door trim to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Kia Sorento EX 4-door 4wd

Re-engineering of the vehicle beginning with 2014 models did not affect the roof strength rating.

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,048 lbs
Peak force 17,455 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.31

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2012-15 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat (AHR)

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry