• 03-NOV-2017

  • SOURCE: Kia Motors America

2018 Kia Soul and Sportage earn highest possible safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

2018 Kia Soul and Sportage Earn Highest Possible Safety Rating From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Kia’s Iconic Urban Passenger Vehicle and Stylish Compact Crossover Earn Coveted 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Accolade 

  • Soul and Sportage receive good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests and a superior rating for optional front crash prevention
  • Both vehicles received IIHS’s best available rating due to newly available headlights.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its best rating possible, Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+), to 2018 Kia Souls when equipped with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights – offered on the Primo Lit package – and 2018 Kia Sportages built after June 2017 when equipped with newly acceptable-rated HID headlights that are standard on the SX Turbo trim. 

“Kia’s world-class lineup continues to earn quality, reliability and safety awards at an increasing rate and these IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus ratings for Soul and Sportage reflect Kia’s continuous improvement and effort to improve all aspects of safety,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. 

To qualify for TSP+, the IIHS testing parameters require a vehicle earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints – as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention and an “acceptable” or “good” rating in headlight testing.

The Soul and Sportage join four other Kia vehicles that have received the TSP+ rating from IIHS: Forte, Optima, Cadenza and Sorento.