It’s been a while since any good news about the Kia Stinger came out. The award-winning sports car had a limited edition come out, the Special Limited Edition Stinger GTS, but other than that, the Kia Telluride has been taking the spotlight. Well, we’ve got good news. The 2019 Kia Stinger just received a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Kia Motors has been improving safety standards for a while now, and with the Kia Stinger being one of the first Kia models to introduce their Kia Drive Wise suite, this is a sports car that’s as safe to drive as it is fun.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
If unfamiliar with the name, the IIHS is a trusted organization known rating vehicle safety by putting vehicles through five impact-crash simulations designed to test a variety of safety standards and situations. There is a total of six tests that the IIHS conducts for rating safety in crash avoidance and mitigation – small overlap front tests for the driver and passenger sides, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. In addition to how well a vehicle performs in these simulations, the technology provided by the automaker is also taken into account.
Many Kia Motors vehicles have already received great ratings from the IIHS. Nine Kia vehicles received either a “Top Safety Pick” or “Top Safety Pick Plus” rating, and now the Kia Stinger is joining the crew. With the Stinger, that’s ten Kia models that are now included in the 2019 Insurance Institute Safety Awards.
2019 Kia Stinger Gets the Top Safety Pick Plus Award
The IIHS doesn’t just give out the Top Safety Pick Plus rating to any vehicle on the road. To qualify for a 2019 TSP+ award, a vehicle must earn “Good” ratings in all six crashworthiness tests, in addition to receiving an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention and a “Good” headlight rating. When it comes to the 2019 Kia Stinger, this sports car earned “Good” ratings for all six crashworthiness tests, a “Superior” rating for its optional front crash prevention system, and a “Good” rating for the optional LED headlights.
“No detail was too small to be obsessed over during the Stinger’s development process…Stinger was engineered to be the fastest and highest performing vehicle in Kia’s history, undergoing the company’s most intense R&D effort to date, but it also continues Kia’s tradition of offering advanced collision avoidance systems. Earning another TSP+ award is just one more piece of evidence demonstrating our commitment to ‘Give it Everything.’” – Michael Cole, chief operating officer and EVP, KMA.
As we noted, the IIHS takes safety technology into account for ratings. Although some of these features are optional, they do improve safety overall. The Kia Drive Wise Package also helps, adding Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA), Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) with Lane Change Assist, Rear-Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Kia’s Driver Attention Alert (DAA), High Beam Assist, an Electronic Parking Brake, and Rain Sensing Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers.
Consumers can get most if not all of the advanced safety features mentioned above with the 2019 Kia Stinger Premium, GT1, and GT2 trims.