2014 Kia Sorento Earns Five-Star NHTSA Crash Safety Rating
Earlier this year when we drove the 2014 Kia Sorento, we thought it was a marked improvement over the model it replaced, perhaps because Kia put it on an all-new chassis shared with the new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and improved just about everything that needed it. Kia also addressed crash safety--not like it was much of a problem in this generation--propelling the latest version to an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. "Already a compelling entry in the compact CUV category, earning a five-star rating from NHTSA makes the Sorento an even stronger contender within its segment while underscoring Kia’s overall commitment to delivering safety and exceptional value to our customers," said Kia's Orth Hedrick, executive director, product planning, in a statement. Kia said that the new chassis was a natural progression for what used to be a stiff-riding, not-very-fun-to-drive smallish crossover in order to work out the kinks. On the other hand, with a redesigned, larger Sorento in the works, it had other fish to fry outside of readying a full redesign of its best-selling crossover. What used to be Kia's best-selling vehicle in the U.S., the Sorento has taken a back seat to the midsize Optima sedan as the automaker has been able to better-align supplies with demand after its initial two years on the market. Last month, Kia went on to record its best August sales month since entering the U.S. in the mid-1990s. While the 2014 Kia Sorento aced the government test, it has not yet undergone testing for the IIHS's Top Safety Pick+ standard, which adds in a tougher narrow front offset test. We'll keep you updated when we find out how it does in that much more rigorous evaluative process. Source: Kia
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