Now there’s another reason to like the 2014 Kia Sorento. It recently earned an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the government’s highest marks.
The 2014 Kia Sorento is also a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The redesigned Kia, a three-row, seven seat crossover, passed severe testing as part of NTSA’s New Car Assessment Program. Crash test results combine scores from frontal, side-impact and rollover crash tests.
“Already a compelling entry in the compact CUV category, earning a five-star rating from NHTSA makes the Sorento an even stronger contender within its segment while underscoring Kia’s overall commitment to delivering safety and exceptional value to our customers,” said Kia’s Orth Hedrick, executive director, product planning, in a statement.
With an all-new chassis in the 2014 model, the Sorento is more fun to drive, less stiff, than previous models. Safer, too. In both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the Kia scored five stars in frontal crash tests, five stars in side-impact, and four stars in rollover crash tests.
Safety features in the 2014 Kia Sorento include stability and traction control, a complement of airbags including a driver’s knee airbag (but the curtain airbags do not cover third-row seats) and a rear-view camera optional on Sorento LX and EX. Blind spot monitors are standard on the Sorento SX. Parking sensors are optional on the base LX model, but standard features on all others.
High safety ratings can only improve Kia’s image. In August, Kia’s sales were the best on record since entering the U.S. market.