Miami Lakes 2017 Kia Cadenza IIHS

2017 Kia Cadenza Received Top Safety Pick +

Miami Lakes 2017 Kia Cadenza IIHS

Wow, we’re not even in the middle of 2017 and the Kia Cadenza already grabbed an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus (TPS+) award for the midsize car class. IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, knows a safe car when they see it, and a TPS+ means the 2017 Kia Cadenza is top-of-the-line. With superior ratings in numerous crash tests, it seems Kia just isn’t making powerful cars like the 2018 Kia Stinger – they’re also making safe vehicles for everyone.

For the 2017 model year, Kia changed things up a bit for the Cadenza. So when the IIHS put it through its five crash tests, the top ratings the Cadenza received may have been unexpected. The five tests consist of the following for crash avoidance and mitigation: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. That first one is the hardest, and most vehicles have difficulty with it; it replicates what happens when the corner of a car hits a static object at 40 mph.

Kia set the record straight on that one. The IIHS rates vehicles on a scale from poor to good, “good” being the highest rating, and the 2017 Kia Cadenza earned “good” scores for each test. That alone says a lot about its safety. Furthermore, the IIHS awarded the Cadenza a “superior” rating for its front crash prevention technology. That technology goes a long way these days, and with the models other advanced safety features, such as available autonomous emergency braking, the 2017 Kia Cadenza not only mitigated (lessened the severity of) collisions, but actually avoided them altogether during tests at 12 and 25 mph.

The only downfall was the 2017 Kia Cadenza’s headlights, which received an “acceptable” rating. Although the 2017 Kia Cadenza Technology and Limited trims come with LED headlights, the base model (premium) comes with halogen headlights, not as good as LEDs, and so it took a bit of a hit for that. Otherwise, according to the IIHS, with the optional crash prevention features and LED headlights, the 2017 Kia Cadenza is as good as gold on the road.

Looking for a safe vehicle for yourself or new teen driver? Take a look at our selection of Kia vehicles for a vehicle that’s safe and drives as good as it looks.

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