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Saturday 19 August 2017
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2017 Kia Forte Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

2017 Kia Forte Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The 2017 Kia Forte is now an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick + thanks to structural improvements and safety upgrades.

Forte models built after March 2017 earn the improved rating with its optional, superior-rated front crash prevention system and available “good” rated headlights.

To get top honors, Kia beefed-up the structure at the door hinge pillar and the door sill on models built after March 2017. Researchers also note the longer side-curtain airbag. The improvements help it ace the small overlap test. It’s the test that creates a front collision that hits the left-side headlight but is not a full on frontal collision (there’s another test for that).

Headlights also come into play. The EX trim equipped with the Premium Plus package scores a “good” rating in terms of headlight safety. However,  trims without the Premium Plus Package score “poor” on headlights. The “good”-rated headlights were available on models built after July 2016.

Really, all you need to know is this; if you’re looking for a good affordable small car the Forte now makes the safety cut if you go with the optional, superior-rated crash system and available “good” rated headlights on the Premium Plus Package.

Photo Credit: IIHS