2018 Kia Niro Earns Top Safety Pick Plus Designation

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Now in its second model year, the 2018 Kia Niro has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) most coveted award, being named a Top Safety Pick Plus recently. The small crossover, though, only abides by the rating when fitted with optional equipment, which has become the norm.

In order to qualify for the institute's Top Safety Pick Plus award, a vehicle has to have a rating of “Good” in four major crash tests. In the difficult passenger-side small overlap front test, a vehicle must earn at least an “Acceptable” rating. Both the Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid met all of these standards and both vehicles achieved a rating of “Good” in the passenger-side small overlap front test.

When it comes to the Niro's headlights, the crossover earned a rating of “Good,” but only when equipped with HID units. Those are found on the range-topping Touring trim as standard and are available on the EX trim with the available Premium Package. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid is only fitted with halogen headlights, so it missed out on both the Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus awards.

Both versions of the Niro received a rating of “Superior” for their front crash prevention systems. Once again, the Niro Touring trim comes with an automatic emergency braking system as standard, while it's optional on the lower LX and EX trims. The system is standard on the Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

If you're looking to get into a Niro that meets the IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus designation, you'll have to spend at least $32,390, including destination, which lands you an EX trim with the $5,300 EX Premium Package.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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