2017 Kia Sorento / 2017 Kia Sorento, Hyundai Elantra Earn Top Honors from IIHS
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both vehicles feature high-quality front crash prevention systems

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has singled out a pair of 2017 model vehicles for its top safety honor.

First, the 2017 Kia Sorento, a midsize SUV, has been named a Top Safety Pick+ winner, thanks in large part to a new automatic braking system that earns a "superior" rating. When equipped with the optional front crash prevention system, the 2017 Sorento avoided a collision in both the 12 mph and the 25 mph IIHS track tests. The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

The system is an improvement over the one available on the 2016 model, which was a warning system only and earned a "basic" rating from IIHS.

Like the earlier model, the 2017 Sorento earns "good" ratings from IIHS in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests.

Next, the IIHS granted the Top Safety Pick+ designation to the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. The small car earns "good" ratings for all crashworthiness tests, including in the challenging small overlap test. It also has an available front crash prevention system that earns a "superior" rating.

The Elantra's optional front crash prevention system avoided a collision in the Institute's 12 mph track test. In the 25 mph test, the car's impact speed was cut by an average of 22 mph.

The "good" rating applies only to 2017 Elantras built after March, when additional modifications were made. Those changes included strengthening the junction between the door sill and the hinge pillar and modifying the frontal airbag.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn "good" ratings in the five crashworthiness tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint. It also must have an available front crash prevention system that earns an "advanced" or "superior" rating.

Content Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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