When we said Kia Motors is Quickly Becoming the Safest Car Brand in America, we weren’t kidding. Back then, Kia Motors had just been ranked as one of 2018’s “Most Trusted Automotive Brands” by AMCI Global, a reliable name in the industry, and their Cadenza mid-size car was named by U.S. News & World Report on their list for “The Safest Cars of 2018”. With studies continuing to conclude into the summer as we hit the middle of the year, more vehicles are being analyzed for technology, affordability, style, and safety. Most recently, two names we’ve been hearing a lot, the U.S. News & World Report and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have both named two more Kia vehicles for their safety features and security.
2018 Kia Niro Hybrid and the IIHS
Well, this is a surprise, though we’re not actually surprised. With all the acknowledgements Kia Motors has been winning, and with their award-winning lineup of vehicles of all sizes and fuel types, the Kia Niro hybrid crossover is not only the first hybrid crossover in the world but also one of the vehicles that is putting Kia Motors in top honors with big names like J.D. Power and Associates. We also know that the Kia Niro was recently named as a “Great First Time Alternative Fuel Vehicle” by U.S. News & World Report.
Now, the Kia Niro has just earned its first-ever Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. Only in its second model year, this is quite the achievement, much of which can be attested to its high-strength structure and optional add-ons for visibility and safety. Remember, for a vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must receive good ratings in all six crashworthiness tests conducted by the IIHS – driver- and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints, and seats. They must also receive an advanced or superior rating in the crash avoidance and mitigation category, and good rated headlights.
Sometimes, the IIHS will bend the rules a bit and deliver a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + if certain conditions are met. Although the Kia Niro has many available safety options, they can only be found on certain trims. The IIHS went on to say that, if the Niro is equipped with the optional Advanced Technology Package, which includes automatic emergency braking, consumers would be able to avoid or mitigate collisions in between 12 mph and 25 mph. This package is available for the 2018 Kia Niro LX and EX trims and comes standard with the Kia Niro Touring trim. If opting in for the Premium package on the Niro EX trim, standard on the Niro Touring, consumers will get HID lights, which have earned the highest rating for the Niro – headlights and visibility are usually the hardest tests to pass for many new vehicles.
Starting MSRP of $23,340*.
2018 Kia Sorento and the U.S. News
Combining stats from the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the editors at U.S. News & World Report have determined the 21 Safest SUVs of the 2018 model year. Not too long ago, Eight Kia Motors Models Rated with TSP or TSP+ from IIHS. One of these was the newly refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento and the 2018 Kia Sorento SUV, the former earning a Top Safety Pick + and the latter receiving a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.
The NHTSA gave the 2018 Kia Sorento five-out-of-five stars overall. Like the Kia Niro, although a rearview camera is standard in all 2018 Kia Sorento trims, many of the advanced technologies are available for later trims. Consumers may opt-in for blind spot detection, a surround-view camera, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and Dynamic Bending Lights (headlights that adjust to illuminate around corners, helpful for low visibility and driving at night). Many of these can be found standard on all trims following and including the Sorento EX V6. Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert come standard on the Sorento LX and LX V6 trims.
Just thought we’d also throw this in while we’re at it. The 2018 midsize Kia Sorento SUV is also the winner of U.S. News’ 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money award. With a starting MSRP of $25,990*, we can’t blame them.
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Photo Source/Copyright: Kia.com, IIHS, and USNews
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