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Kia Forte and Soul retain Top Safety Pick Plus under new rules

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Kia Forte and Soul retain Top Safety Pick Plus under new rules

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Two Kia small cars are sitting pretty at the moment as changes to the way vehicle safety is measured is assessed. Of the previous 38 vehicles awarded Top Safety Pick Plus, only 15 would keep that rating under the new requirements. Two of those are the 2018 Kia Forte sedan and the 2018 Kia Soul. The Lincoln Continental is in there too.

The auto industry is always trying to improve standards and safety and bodies such as the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety seeks to ensure automakers meet those standards. Systems such as Top Safety Pick tells consumers just how safe a car is supposed to be and works as a powerful motivator in vehicle choice.

Ringing in the changes
Recent revisions in the system now require higher than ever safety standards from vehicles to meet these criteria. For example, to achieve Top Safety Pick Plus from 2018, a vehicle will not only need to achieve the existing criteria, it will also have to achieve ‘good’ ratings in all areas where previously an ‘acceptable’ rating was enough.

This change means that many vehicles that were previously awarded Top Safety Pick Plus would no longer be awarded the rating from next year. Only two Car Nation Canada models would retain Top Safety Pick Plus, the 2018 Kia Forte sedan and the 2018 Kia Soul.

To be awarded Top Safety Pick Plus, a vehicle has to attain a ‘good’ rating in driver-side small overlap front, side, roof strength tests and head restraint tests. A ‘good’ or ‘acceptable’ score for the passenger side small overlap front, side, roof strength tests and head restraint tests is now required too. Headlight assessments are also now a part of the measurement criteria.

The IIHS said they were adding passenger side assessments because automakers looked like they were prioritizing driver side safety just to pass the test. The inclusion of passenger side means the entire car has to be safe and not just engineered to rate highly.

The headlight tests are designed to ensure lighting is more than just about design but about safety too. Now, to win Top Safety Pick Plus headlights must safely illuminate the road ahead while reducing glare for oncoming vehicles as much as possible.

The current holders of 2018 Top Safety Pick Plus are:
The Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Subaru Impreza, Subaru WRX, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Toyota Camry, BMW 5 series, Genesis G80, Genesis G90, Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E class sedan, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

Visit Kia of Hamilton, 1885 Upper James St, Hamilton ON, L9B 1K8 to check out what are arguably two of the safest cars on the road right now, the 2018 Kia Forte sedan and the 2018 Kia Soul!

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