Miami Lakes Automall Kia Rio Safety IIHS

Kia Motors Has Style, Power, and Now, Safety in the Bag

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Rio Safety IIHS

If the auto industry was a game of billiards, and the balls were safety features, Kia Motors would win, because they’ve been racking up awards from various automotive safety organizations for the past few months. In May 2018, eight models from Kia Motors were awarded a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Later in May, two organizations named several Kia vehicles for their safety on their safe car lists, and again in June, there were two more reports of Kia vehicles being named for their safety. Now we’re in July, and to keep the pattern going, we’ve got one more Kia models with some notable safety features for the 2018 model year.

The eight Kia models that got in the good graces of the IIHS were the 2019 Kia Sorento SUV, 2018 Kia Forte sedan, 2018 Kia Optima sedan, and 2018 Soul compact car for a Top Safety Pick+ rating. The other four vehicles, the 2018 Kia Cadenza sedan, 2018 Kia Sedona minivan, 2018 Kia Sorento SUV, and 2018 Kia Sportage crossover all received a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. It wasn’t the first time either – Kia models have been winning safety awards since 2016.

U.S. News & World Report named the 2018 Kia Cadenza on their list for “The Safest Cars for 2018”, and named the 2018 Kia Sorento one of the safest SUVs for the 2018 model year after it received a five-out-of-five stars safety rating from the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in conjunction with its Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. We can’t say we’re surprised by all of this. Since 2016, the same year Kia Motors started getting safety awards, they also started earning top marks in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, leading the industry in 2016 and 2017. For 2018, several Kia Motors vehicles ranked highest in their individual segments – the Kia Rio for the Small Car segment and the Kia Sorento for the Midsize SUV segment; the Kia Optima, Kia Sportage, Kia Sedona, and the Kia Forte came in second for their respective class segments.

Now we’re receiving word about the 2018 Kia Rio from the IIHS and how well it’s doing in terms of safety. Just a little refresher, the IIHS evaluates a vehicles safety based on crashworthiness, how well a vehicle protects its passengers in a car crash — and crash avoidance and mitigation. The tests are designed to challenge how a vehicle handles head-on collisions, side-impact, roof strength, head restraints, and crash avoidance and mitigation. Ratings are on a scale from poor to good, with “good” being the highest rating.

The 2018 Kia Rio received a “good” rating for the driver-side small overlap front test, where the vehicle travels at 40 mph and then slams straight into a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier. For the passenger-side impact test, the Rio received an “acceptable” rating. This is actually a new test, but we can assume if the 2018 Kia Rio is built evenly on both sides, then the driver-side impact would also receive an “acceptable” rating.

That’s nine-out-of-thirteen vehicles (excluding hybrids and electric vehicles) that have been rated safe by the IIHS. Kia Models just keep getting better. So what are you waiting for? Find your vehicle by Kia Motors at Miami Lakes Automall today.

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