WASHINGTON — The 2016 Kia Forte compact sedan earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
On sale now at Kia dealerships, the 2016 Forte received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.
Every 2016 Forte comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.
A rearview camera is optional on LX and standard on EX.
The optional Uvo eServices telematics bundle includes roadside assistance, emergency crash notification and secondary driver monitoring features that include notifications when curfew, vehicle speed and vehicle location limits are exceeded.
The 2016 Forte sedan received "good" ratings in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, but a "marginal" rating in the small overlap front crash test. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers should note that the 2016 Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla also earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Honda Civic has not been rated.