The 2017 Kia Sportage has earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The result shouldn’t really come as a big surprise taking into account sister model Hyundai Tucson also received a Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS. Compared to its predecessor, the new Sportage has made the jump from a poor to a good rating in the small overlap crash test. In the old one, the parking brake pedal was pushed 16 inches forward, thus seriously affecting the driver’s space. In the 2017 Sportage, the intrusion of the parking pedal stood at just six inches.

It’s the same story with the steering column which during the impact moved four inches toward the dummy and six inches to the right on the previous Sportage. While crash testing the new one, IIHS discovered the steering column did not advance more than three inches in any direction.

Like the model it’s replacing, the 2017 Kia Sportage has achieved a good rating in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. A novelty brought by the fourth generation is the optional front crash prevention system that has scored a superior rating after the Sportage successfully avoided a collision during the 12 mph and 25 mph tests.

Besides the 2017 Sportage, the latest Optima also earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS, just like its sister model Hyundai Sonata.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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