• Kia Rio Earns Top Safety Rating

Kia Rio Earns Top Safety Rating

The 2018 Kia Rio has named a Top Safety Pick Plus by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Avatar By: Wheels.ca October 26, 2018

The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its best rating possible, Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+), to the 2018 Kia Rio sedan when equipped with optional Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and LED headlights on vehicles built after June 2018.

Thanks to the “Superior” rating given to the AEB system, and the “Good” rating given to the optional LED headlights, the 2018 Rio becomes the first vehicle in the IIHS minicar segment to achieve the TSP+ designation.

The TSP+ rating for Rio increases the total number of Kia vehicles with 2018 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus ratings to 10.

To qualify for TSP+, the IIHS testing parameters require a vehicle earn “Good” ratings in six crashworthiness tests.

They are driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraint – as well as a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the passenger side small overlap front test, an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention, and a “Good” rating in headlight testing.

The 2018 Rio is powered by an enhanced Gamma 1.6-litre direct injection four-cylinder engine that can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Output is 130 hp and 119 lb/ft of torque.

On the tech front, the Rio is available with desirable features including Bluetooth hands-free functionality, a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and a rear-view camera system.


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