2016 Kia Sorento Earns 2015 Top Safety Pick Award | Edmunds

2016 Kia Sorento Earns 2015 Top Safety Pick Award

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento midsize SUV earned the 2015 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

On sale now at Kia dealers, the 2016 Sorento earned "good" scores in all of the Institute's crashworthiness tests, including the small overlap front test. The 2014-'15 Sorento earned a "poor" rating in that test.

The small overlap test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or a utility pole.

In that test of the 2016 Sorento, "measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity," the Institute said in a statement.

It added: "It's a marked improvement from the previous-generation Sorento. In the test of the 2014 model, the driver's space was seriously compromised. Measures from the dummy indicated a high likelihood of injuries to the lower left leg and possible injuries to the left thigh and knee in a crash of this severity."

The Top Safety Pick award is given to vehicles that earn a good or acceptable small overlap rating and good ratings in the other four crashworthiness tests.

The Korean SUV is available with optional forward collision warning.

The 2016 Sorento has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2015 Sorento earned the top five-star safety rating from NHTSA.

Key Sorento competitors include the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Edge, Honda Pilot and Toyota RAV4.

Edmunds says: This is a major safety achievement for the 2016 Kia Sorento and should be noted by shoppers in this crowded segment.

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