There's no denying that the Kia Sorento is among the safest SUVs in the class. The nameplate has consistently been commended for its array of preventative and protective features, and this year's model is no exception. The 2016 Kia Sorento earned an Overall 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety coined the SUV a Top Safety Pick.
The Sorento aced the test from the NHTSA, leading to the perfect rating. The 2016 model earned five-star ratings in the frontal crash and side crash testing, and it earned a four-star rating in the rollover test.
Meanwhile, to earn that distinction from the IIHS, the Sorento has to earn practically perfect scores across the board. The SUV ended up delivering, as the vehicle earned the best possible ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints and seats test.
We understand that the Sorento is safe, but what specific features and capabilities make it so? Well, the 2016 model is full of preventative and protective amenities, meaning drivers can be rest assured that all of the vehicle's occupants will receive optimal safety...
A common cause of car collisions is a lack of control by the driver. This might not necessarily be the fault of the motorist, as there are a variety of variables that could impact how your vehicle operates. The 2016 Sorento offers several safety technologies that should keep the SUV on its intended path.
The Electronic Stability Control will overcome any wind or resistance to keep your vehicle in the proper lane. While you may find your vehicle swaying during operation, this function will make the driver feel like they're in complete control. The Cornering Brake Control serves a similar role, as it keeps the Sorento upright and in its lane as you're turning around a bend.
The Traction Control System is especially helpful for those who are forced to drive on wet or icy roads. The system allows the tires to better grip the road, regardless of the conditions. You may have gotten used to crawling through your neighborhood during a blizzard, fearful that you'll end up stranded in a snow bank. With the inclusion of traction control, you'll finally be able to rely on the gas and brakes.
Speaking of braking, the Sorento offers several innovative features that provide the driver with optimal stopping power. The Electronic Brake-force Distribution will account for the weight of passengers and equipment, modifying the braking to better fit the overall load. Meanwhile, the advanced Brake Assist System can anticipate when a driver will need to rely on their emergency braking, and the system will subsequently provide a temporary improvement in breakage power to keep the Sorento (and the passengers) out of harm's way.
The Hill-Start Assist Control will be appreciated particularly by those living in a hilly or mountainous area. The system subtly manipulates the brakes when the vehicle's traveling up or down a steep road. When traveling down a decline, this will prevent you from gaining an uncontrollable amount of speed. Meanwhile, when driving uphill, drivers won't have to worry about accidently sliding backward.
The Advanced Smart Cruise Control allows the driver to take a brief break without compromising everyone's safety. The system relies on radar to keep your vehicle traveling a safe distance from another car. The unit can even apply the brakes if the Sorento approaches another car too rapidly.
When driving in a busy city, you may find yourself apprehensive about switching lanes. The Lane Departure Warning will alert you when it's safe to make the switch, and the Blind-Spot Detection system will provide audible and visual alerts when another driver has snuck up beside you.
The Surround View Monitor will also provide you with some clarity regarding your position relative to other cars. The accompanying cameras will also allow drivers to better see any vehicles or stationary objects, preventing minor fender-benders. The Front and Rear Parking Assist system rely on several exterior sensors to provide even more help as you're attempting to pull into a parking space.
Finally, while you may not necessarily interpret it this way, Google's navigation system will play a role in keeping the Sorento's passengers safe. Getting lost can be frustrating and tiring, and driver fatigue could lead to careless decisions. With the assurance that you'll be able to reach your destination with no issues, you can better focus on your driving.
Of course, car accidents aren't completely avoidable. Kia's Engineers still accounted for the fact that collisions can happen at any time, so they designed their 2016 Sorento to provide the vehicle's occupants with maximum security.
The SUV's body is composed of 53-percent high-strength steel. This means the vehicle provides maximum rigidity, and the metal will help absorb much of the energy during a collision. This will prevent common injuries like whiplash.
Meanwhile, an advanced airbag system will provide passengers with the necessary amount of cushion. You've probably heard horror stories of drivers breaking bones after getting blindsided by an airbag. The Sorento's systems include several sensors that will detect the force of the impact. The air bag's deployment speed will then be adjusted to provide passengers with the necessary amount of padding.
Even the Sorento's seat belt design provides maximum protection. The front seats offer adjustable anchors, meaning the driver and front passenger can adjust the belt for the optimal fit. These seat belts also contain pretensioners, which will tighten and keep occupants in place during a collision.
Each of the Sorento's seats is accompanied by a three-point seat belt system, securing passengers' laps and shoulders. The Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children system allow for easy installation of a car seat, and the unit will also keep the seat secured.
If you have a growing family, the Kia Sorento is a logical choice. The vehicle is comfortable and roomy, and (as you just read) there are a variety of safety features and capabilities. You'll never have to worry about putting your children in danger while driving in the 2016 Kia Sorento SUV. Plus, you don't only have to take our word for it, even the experts agree!