Kia one of best brands for IIHS safety

Kia one of best brands for IIHS safety

A total of eight Kia models have been included in the 2019 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Awards, making Kia one of the top three brands to rack up the most safety awards following tougher IIHS requirements for 2019. 
That means not only do you find great deals at Barnett Kia, you also find some of the safest vehicles on the planet.

The all-new 2019 Forte, which went on sale last summer, is one of the five models to earn a Top Safety Pick Plus award—the IIHS’s highest designation possible—when equipped with front crash prevention and specific headlights.
“We are honored to receive so many IIHS safety awards across our lineup, especially considering these designations are much harder to achieve in 2019,” said Orth Hedrick, Director of Car Planning and Telematics, Kia Motors America. “The IIHS safety awards are highly regarded by today’s consumers, and we see these latest accolades as validation of Kia’s dedication to its customers and to the continuous efforts to build better and safer vehicles.”

The number of awards is especially impressive in light of the new testing standards implemented by IIHS this year. In order to achieve the TSP+ rating, vehicles now require a “Good” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test versus an “Acceptable” or “Good” rating for the 2018 award. The IIHS testing parameters also require a vehicle earn “Good” ratings in all other crashworthiness tests and an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention, as well as a “Good” rating in headlight testing. Kia IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus models when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights include: 
2019 Forte1
2019 Niro2
2019 Niro Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)3
2019 Optima4
2019 Sorento5

An “Acceptable” or “Good” rating in the passenger-side test is also new criterion to earn a 2019 Top Safety Pick. To further qualify, a vehicle must earn “Good” ratings in all other crashworthiness tests, plus an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention, and a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in headlight testing. Kia Top Safety Pick models when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights include:
2019 Rio (sedan only)6
2019 Soul7
2019 Cadenza8

“Safety is a top priority for our vehicles,” said Andy Freels, President of Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI), the research and development center for Kia. “Having earned eight of these prestigious safety awards reflects our commitment to consistently striving to improve the safety and integrity of our products.”

Right now at Barnett, you can lease a 2019 Kia Forte LXS from $209 a month with $0 down*. Lease a 2019 Kia Niro LX for just $189 a month**. Buy a 2019 Kia Rio Sedan for $249 a month with $0 down***, or get 0.9% APR for 60 months.

We have lots more to offer, and everything can be found here.

And remember, every new vehicle purchased comes with Barnett’s exclusive—and FREE—MILLION MILE Warranty. Ask your sales associate for all the details on that, too. Come see us soon at Barnett Kia on Highway 61 in White Bear Lake!


1. 2019 Forte sedan models when equipped with optional LED headlights (available on S and EX trims). 2. 2019 Niro models with optional autonomous emergency braking and HID headlights (HIDs and AEB standard on Touring trim, AEB optional on LX and EX trims). 3. 2019 Niro PHEV models with HID headlights (standard on EX trim). 4. 2019 Optima gasoline models with LED headlights (standard on SX trims). 5. 2019 Sorento models with optional Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and LED headlights (FCA-A standard on EX trims and higher. LEDs available on SX V6 trims and standard on SX-Limited V6 trims). 6. 2019 Rio models with optional Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and LED headlights; applies to sedans only. (FCA-A and LED headlights available on S trim). 7. 2019 Soul gasoline models with optional Autonomous Emergency Braking and HID headlights (AEB available on Plus trims. HID available on Plus and Exclaim trims). 8. 2019 Cadenza models with optional Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and LED headlights. (FCA-A and LED headlights standard on Limited and Technology trims).
Lease and prices offers end 1/31/19. Leases are 39 months, 10,000 miles per year. Security deposit waived. KMF lease cash to dealer. For qualified leases. Lease from Kia Motors Finance on approved credit. Does not include military discount. *Tax, title, license extra. **$2,999 down plus first month’s payment, tax, title, license, and fees due at signing. ***Financed at 5.99% APR for up to 84 months.  

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