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A little over a year ago, Kia Motors was quickly becoming the safest car brand in America. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had previously rated eight Kia Motors models, each of which received either a Top Safety Pick or a Top Safety Pick +, and other organizations like AMCI Global and U.S. News & World Report both recognized several Kia vehicles for their safety. Now in 2019, Kia Motors is once again has the most vehicles with a Top Safety Pick and/or Top Safety Pick Plus ratings from the IIHS that any other brand in the auto market with the addition of the 2020 Kia Telluride to the lineup.
“We are extremely proud of this significant achievement…We constantly strive to build the best quality and safest vehicles possible and being the automaker with the most TSP and TSP+ ratings is ultimately gratifying.” – Orth Hedrick, Executive Director, Car Planning & Technology, Kia Motors America
Quickly following the 2020 Kia Soul received a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the IIHS, the 2020 Kia Telluride also recently got its gold. The newest distinction between the large 2020 Kia Telluride SUV and other vehicles comes from the ratings it received during IIHS crash tests. As we have discussed in the past, the IIHS evaluates the safety of a vehicle based on crash avoidance and mitigation with six tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, each side, roof strength, and head restraints. IIHS also tests for crash-prevention and provides a headlight rating.
Earlier in 2018, we learned that Kia Motors is quickly becoming the safest car brand in America thanks to studies from U.S. News & World Report, AMCI Global, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS named eight Kia Motors vehicles for Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus, but had some special focus on the 2019 Kia Sorento. There sure is a lot to love about the Kia Sorento, one of which is its reliability, according to U.S. News & World Report. On the topic of reliability, another Kia Motors vehicle has been named by the IIHS – the 2018 Kia Rio.
U.S. News Names 2018 Kia Sorento
Yes, there is a lot of talk surrounding the many reasons to love the 2019 Kia Sorento, but with 2018 coming to a close, there is still a focus on 2018 model year vehicles and plenty of time for awards. U.S. News & World Report is a respected piece of literature, recognized as a leader of news and information across multiple industries, including college, grad school, hospital, mutual fund, and automobiles. With a network that publishes news, opinion, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis on a multitude of subjects, automotive being one of them, U.S. News & World Report is a name many consumers should become familiar with.
When it comes to finding an SUV that isn’t just powerful but also serves as a family or passenger-vehicle, it may be a little tough for consumers to wade through the waters of a saturated auto market. Some vehicles do stand out, but when they all look alike, it’s a little tough to spot the differences. With the 2019 model year coming up, some automakers, like Kia Motors, are coming out with their usual models, but some are getting a little refresh to highlight what makes them great and get a little of the spotlight shining their way. The 2019 Kia Sorento is one of those vehicles.
Let’s put it all out there! No secrets between us. The new 2019 Kia Sorento has a starting MSRP of $25,990 (plus destination fee) with a range of six trims that barely touch $50k. There’s plenty of options between trims for consumers to get what they’re looking for, and it’s all possible on a decent salary. Consumers won’t have to penny-pinch to get a little luxury in their life in the Kia Sorento.
When the auto market gets competitive, pricing isn’t the only thing fiddled around with. The second-best way to win over new consumers is to offer them more for less. So why not make more features standard instead of optional add-ons? The 2019 Kia Sorento comes with automatic headlights, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, solar control and privacy glass, and seven-inch touchscreen with UVO Play, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities all standard.
Kia Motors is doing wonders in the auto market lately, and not just in technology, like their newly debuted diesel mild-hybrid powertrain. Kia Motors was also recognized recently by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated eight Kia Motors models and received either a Top Safety Pick or a Top Safety Pick +. Now, Kia Motors has been ranked as one of 2018’s “Most Trusted Automotive Brands” by another reliable name in the industry, and their Cadenza mid-size car was named by U.S. News & World Report.
AMCI and the Annual Trusted Automotive Brands Study
AMCI Global is one of several organizations out there that closely follow, analyze, and predict the future state of the automotive industry. As their website motto states, “From opinion-shifting customer experiences to industry-leading education, testing and evaluation, our goal is simple: Transform the way people interact with automotive brands.” With thousands of AMCI testing certified claims, 15 million in-vehicle experiences, and over one million automotive educated associates worldwide, they have quite the ability to predict consumer behavior in a way that can be tied directly to sales, loyalty, and advocacy with near-perfect accuracy.
Recently, AMCI Global wrapped up their annual Trusted Automotive Brands Study. Currently only in its second year, the Trusted Automotive Brands Study has illustrated that more than 50-percent of consumers will recommend or repurchase a vehicle from an automotive brand they trust. For 2018, a national representative sample of 2,500 automotive owners across 34 brands participated in the study. In the end, it all came down to Kia Motors being named as one of the three most trusted non-luxury brands in the market today for the second consecutive year.
Kia Motors just keeps getting good news it seems, and we’re more than happy to share it. If it isn’t winning an award for the “Best Family Large Sedan” (2018 Kia Cadenza) from U.S. News & World Report, or winning a trophy when WardsAuto named the 2018 Kia Stinger on the “10 Best Interiors” list, then it’s news about an upcoming concept, like the awaited debut of the Kia Telluride SUV. Now in spring of 2018, when a lot of organizations seem to be wrapping up analysis for awards and lists, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded eight Kia Motors vehicles with a “Top Safety Pick” or “Top Safety Pick+” rating.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, is a trusted organization for rating vehicle safety by putting it through five impact-crash simulations. The five tests consist of the following for crash avoidance and mitigation: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. The first test 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 – oof!
These tests help the IIHS evaluate a vehicle’s safety based on crashworthiness, how well a vehicle protects its passengers in a car crash — and crash avoidance and mitigation — technology that can prevent a car accident or lessen its severity. Thus, before it hits the streets, a car is smashed up and tested for safety in head-on collisions, side-impact, roof strength, head restraints, and crash avoidance and mitigation. The IIHS rates vehicles on a scale from poor to good, “good” being the highest rating. To get a TPS+, a vehicle must get high ratings across the scorecard.
Kia Motors is back at it again. We’re starting to think they’re in competition with Mitsubishi Motors, because with every vehicle announced by either auto brand, another follows. First we had the Kia Stinger, then the Kia Niro hybrid crossover, then the Kia Stonic said to also have a PHEV variant, and now we have an upcoming Kia Cee’d hatchback.
The Kia Cee’d was teased earlier this year, but there was not much to say aside from the Kia brand tiger nose grille and sleek headlights. Today, we can see there is a little more style coming out for this new vehicle. Kia has already claimed to be heading in a newer sportier direction, keeping up with their philosophy on style and design. They’ve also discussed releasing sportier looking vehicles like the 2018 Kia Stinger and new Kia Rio and Rio5 models. Based on the camouflaged picture above, one could easily mistake the hidden Cee’d for a Kia Rio5 hatchback model.