Redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award from IIHS
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Redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award from IIHS

April 8, 2016

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the model year 2017 Kia Sportage a Top Safety Pick+, the highest safety award given by the Institute.

The redesigned small SUV jumped from a poor to good rating in the challenging IIHS small overlap crash test, helping it to qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ designation. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson, which is built on the same platform at the Kia Sportage, is also a Top Safety Pick+ winner.

The previous generation of the Kia Sportage didn't hold up well in the small overlap test. In the previous test, the driver's space was seriously compromised as the parking brake pedal was pushed in 16 inches. The steering column moved 4 inches toward the test dummy and 6 inches to the right, causing the dummy's head to slide off the left side of the front airbag. The side curtain airbag didn't deploy.

In contrast, the redesigned 2017 model held up well, with maximum intrusion of 6 inches at the parking brake pedal and no more than 3 inches elsewhere. The test dummy's movement was well-controlled.

Like the previous model, the 2017 Kia Sportage also has good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.

The Sportage's new optional front crash prevention system earned a superior rating from IIHS. The SUV avoided a collision in each of the Institute's 12 mph and 25 mph track tests. The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) criteria.

To qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.