Safety Ratings for the 2021 Kia Sorento

The 2021 Kia Sorento has gained a 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK distinction from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

These standout distinctions are received by getting high or perfect scores on a variety of tests designed to assess the Kia vehicle’s crashworthiness.

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Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • SX trim

  • SX-Prestige trim

Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating

G

Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

Low beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle’s low beams on the straightaway and on the gradual left curve.

Technical measurements for this test Trim level(s) SX trim SX-Prestige trim Low-beam headlight type LED projector High-beam headlight type LED projector Curve-adaptive? No High-beam assist? Yes Overall rating Applies to 2021-22 models G LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Amount glare exceeded threshold Straightaway right edge 94.9 m None Straightaway left edge 68.8 m None 250m radius right curve, right edge 80.7 m None 250m radius left curve, left edge 66.6 m None 150m radius right curve, right edge 73.5 m None 150m radius left curve, left edge 60.1 m None HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Straightaway right edge 153.3 m Straightaway left edge 134.3 m 250m radius right curve, right edge 87.4 m 250m radius left curve, left edge 73.1 m 150m radius right curve, right edge 74.3 m 150m radius left curve, left edge 61.2 m

Trim level(s)

  • LX trim

  • S trim

  • EX trim

Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating

P

Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

Low beams On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle’s low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test Trim level(s) LX trim S trim EX trim Low-beam headlight type LED reflector High-beam headlight type LED reflector Curve-adaptive? No High-beam assist? Yes Overall rating Applies to 2021-22 models P LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Amount glare exceeded threshold Straightaway right edge 64.0 m None Straightaway left edge 18.6 m None 250m radius right curve, right edge 43.2 m None 250m radius left curve, left edge 30.9 m None 150m radius right curve, right edge 33.8 m None 150m radius left curve, left edge 26.9 m None HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Straightaway right edge 119.2 m Straightaway left edge 94.3 m 250m radius right curve, right edge 61.8 m 250m radius left curve, left edge 59.4 m 150m radius right curve, right edge 44.7 m 150m radius left curve, left edge 42.7 m

How headlights are evaluated

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2021-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2021 Kia Sorento S 4-door 4wd

The Kia Sorento was redesigned for the 2021 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2021 Kia Sorento conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation

G

Structure and safety cage

G

Driver injury measures
Head/neck

G

Chest

G

Leg/foot, left

G

Leg/foot, right

G

Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

G

Technical measurements for this test Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side Test ID VTF2017 Footwell intrusion Footrest (cm) 4 Left (cm) 7 Center (cm) 5 Right (cm) 7 Brake pedal (cm) 5 Instrument panel rearward movement Left (cm) Right (cm) 1 Steering column movement Upward (cm) -1 Rearward (cm) -2 A-pillar rearward movement (cm) Driver injury measures Test ID VTF2017 Head HIC-15 237 Peak gs at hard contact no contact Neck Tension (kN) 1.0 Extension bending moment (Nm) 8 Maximum Nij 0.26 Chest maximum compression (mm) 31 Legs Femur force – left (kN) 1.3 Femur force – right (kN) 1.8 Knee displacement – left (mm) 2 Knee displacement – right (mm) 2 Maximum tibia index – left 0.44 Maximum tibia index – right 0.41 Tibia axial force – left (kN) 2.3 Tibia axial force – right (kN) 2.2 Foot acceleration (g) Left 46 Right 42

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside, the Sorento has an attractive layout, nice materials, and solid build quality. The dashboard can be outfitted with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The rest of the design blends rhombus-shaped air vents integrated ambient lighting, and intricately stitched surfaces on the door panels and seat inserts. A variety of cubby storage spots and cupholders also fill out the console. Along with a standard third row, its second-row bench can be swapped for a pair of captain’s chairs. Compared with the larger Telluride, the Sorento’s far-back seats aren’t comfortable for adults, and we only managed to fit two carry-on suitcases in the cargo area­—two fewer than the Telluride.

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The Car and Driver Difference

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What’s New for 2022?

A plug-in-hybrid model joins the Sorento lineup for the 2022 model year. Its powertrain combines a turbocharged four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission with an electric motor for a total system output of 261 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard, and Kia claims the plug-in Sorento has a combined fuel-economy rating of 79 MPGe and an electric-only range of 32 miles. While we don’t know how much the PHEV variant will cost, we know it’ll be offered in two top-tier trims: SX and SX-P.

Recommended Safety Technologies

These features have been either verified by NHTSA or reported by the vehicle manufacturers as meeting NHTSA’s performance criteria.

Learn about safety technology

Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) both work to keep you in your intended lane to avoid a collision. LDW alerts you if it senses that you’re drifting from your traveling lane, minimizing the risk of colliding with another vehicle, while LKA adjusts your steering to keep you in your lane.

Read more Kia Sorento Reviews

Blind Spot and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warnings in the Sorento

With Blind Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross T

With Blind Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning, you’ll always be protected from obstructions just outside your field of view. These systems use convenient visual and audible signals to let you know if a vehicle or pedestrian is near your vehicle, perhaps just out of your field of view. From merging and passing on a crowded highway to venturing around congested city streets, these features give you better awareness and visibility.

Servicing

The service intervals on the Sportage depend on your engine choice. The hybrids need a visit to the dealer every 12 months or 10,000 miles, but the CRDi diesel is 12 months or 20,000 miles.

Ask Us About 2021 Kia Sorento Safety Ratings

If you want to know more about the 2021 Kia Sorento safety ratings and the features that can keep you safe on the Plainfield, Avon, and Indianapolis, IN, roadways, reach out to the team at Andy Mohr Kia.

If you like what you see, we’ll even get you out for a test drive. Contact us today to get started!

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