All-new Kia Sorento receives NHTSA 5-Star safety rating

Monday, 27 April 2015
  • Kia’s all-new Sorento SUV earns NHTSA’s highest rating*
  • Sorento’s extensive use of advanced high strength steel makes Kia’s largest SUV stiffer and more durable than ever
  • 2016 Sorento combines a strong base with additional design improvements to reduce NVH and provide a comfortable and quiet interior environment

Kia Motors America’s (KMA) all-new 2016 Sorento SUV has received the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-star overall safety rating. Built in the U.S. at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG)**, Sorento is KMA’s best-selling SUV, having sold more than 100,000 units each of the past five years, and offers a long list of standard safety features and an expertly engineered body structure.

“NHTSA’s recent 5-star rating of the 2016 Sorento is a testament to Kia’s commitment to safety. The Sorento is all-new for 2016 and is Kia’s most capable SUV ever, yet still offers customers the tremendous value Kia is known for,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning.

“Meant for customers with active lifestyles, Sorento is the perfect getaway vehicle for adventurers and families on the go, and they can feel confident knowing their vehicle scored a 5-star NHTSA rating – the highest rating achievable from NHTSA.”

The core of the all-new 2016 Sorento is its significantly enhanced platform. The structure increases torsional rigidity by 14 percent over the 2015 Sorento. The unit-body consists of 53-percent Advanced High Strength Steel, a 115 percent increase over the previous model.  Liberal application of industrial strength adhesives, the use of dual-seal lip joints as well as large diameter and laser welding techniques combine to make the 2016 model the most robust and durable Sorento ever.

The all-new Kia Sorento will be launched in Australia in June.

Editor’s note: 
* Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (

** The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) for the U.S. market are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts. For most other markets, the Sorento is manufactured in South Korea at the Hwasung Plant.

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