2019 Kia Optima a Top Safety Pick Plus for 4th Straight Year

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The 2019 Kia Optima may not be as new as some of its competitors, mainly the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry, but the automaker packed the vehicle with all sorts of goodies for the new model year to ensure that its still competitive. More importantly, Kia added new safety equipment as standard, ensuring that the Optima nameplate would continue to be one of the safer vehicles in the mid-size segment.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Optima has been named a Top Safety Pick Plus vehicle by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Just like before, the Optima aced all of the institute's tests, including earning a rating of “Good” – the highest possible – in the crash tests. The IIHS found the Optima's front crash prevention system to be “Superior.” The latter is good news, as Kia brought a bunch of safety equipment as standard to the Optima, including automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.

The majority of automakers have managed to engineer vehicles to ace the IIHS' crash tests, but headlights have been trickier to lock down. The range-topping SX trim comes equipped with LED headlights with dynamic bending light, which the institute found to be “Good.” Lower trims are fitted with halogen projector headlights that were rated to be “Poor," which is the worst score possible.

With the Top Safety Pick Plus designation, the Optima joins the Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata as being one of the safer options in the mid-size segment. Vehicles that missed out on the Plus award, but are still Top Safety Picks include the Honda Accord, Mazda6, Nissan Maxima, and Nissan Altima.

, 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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