2019 Kia Sorento Named Top Safety Pick Plus by IIHS

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2019 Kia Sorento a Top Safety Pick Plus. The full-size crossover earned the group’s “Good” rating in every test measuring crashworthiness. The 2019 Sorento also earned a “Good” rating for its headlights, and a “Superior” rating for front crash protection – when equipped with optional equipment – and for its headlights. The crossover received an “Acceptable” rating for child seat anchors ease of use.

Top honors for the crossover come after Kia redesigned the Sorento as an all-new model for 2019, updating the design and adding more technology. For 2019, the Sorento now seats seven across all trims. Under the hood is either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 185 horsepower or a 3.3-liter V6 producing 290 hp. Front- and all-wheel drive are available.

Kia also updated the crossover’s design, giving the Sorento revised front and rear fascias, optional full LED headlights, and redesigned taillights. Inside, higher trims receive nicer materials. Kia updated the infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, offering both a seven- and eight-inch screen depending on trim.

The suite of active safety technology and driver assistance features available on the EX trim and higher is the best addition to the Sorento. The technology helped it earn the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick Plus designation. Features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and driver attention warning.

The 2019 Kia Sorento starts at just under $26,000.

, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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