The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its best rating possible
, Top Safety Pick + (TSP+) to the refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento.
That gives Kia the highest number of vehicles with either a 2018 Top Safety Pick (TSP) or Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating among all brands.
Kia’s best-selling Sorento received good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests and “Good”-rated headlights when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and LED headlights.
Vehicles with the TSP+ rating include: 2019 Sorento,
2018 Forte sedan, 2018 Optima and 2018 Soul.
To qualify for TSP+, the IIHS testing parameters require a vehicle earn “Good” ratings in six crashworthiness tests – driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraint.
Also required is “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the passenger side small overlap test, an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention, and a “Good” rating in headlight testing.
Vehicles with a TSP rating include 2018 Cadenza, 2018 Sedona, 2018 Sorento and 2018 Sportage.
To qualify for a TSP rating, a vehicle must earn “Good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests—driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
It also must earn an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention, and a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in headlight testing.