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2017 Kia Sorento SUV Earns Top IIHS Safety Rating

17_Kia_Sorento_IIHS.jpg 2017 Kia Sorento | IIHS photo

CARS.COM — The 2017 Kia Sorento, a midsize SUV, has earned a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety thanks to a top superior rating for the performance of its optional front crash prevention system with automatic emergency braking.

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That’s a step up from the 2016 model, which was an IIHS Top Safety Pick but offered only a front collision warning and did not qualify for the highest Top Safety Pick Plus status.

To get the highest rating, the 2017 Sorento earned the highest score of good in IIHS crashworthiness tests: the small overlap front crash, moderate overlap front crash, side crash, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. The 2016 Sorento also received good scores in these crashworthiness tests.

IIHS said the Sorento’s new automatic emergency braking system successfully stopped the vehicle before impact in both the 12-mph and 25-mph track tests.

The 2017 Sorento rating matches its midsize SUV rival, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport — also rated a Top Safety Pick Plus — and it bests the 2016 Ford Edge, which earned ratings of good in all categories but the small overlap front crash test, where it received an acceptable rating. Its front crash prevention system earned the lowest score of basic.

To earn a Top Safety Pick Plus award, a car must receive the top score of good in all IIHS crash tests and offer a front crash prevention system that receives a rating of advanced or superior. To receive a Top Safety Pick award, which is IIHS’ second-tier honor, a car must pass all crash tests with good scores and have a basic-rated front crash prevention system.

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