The 2022 Kia lineup is outstanding in many ways — including in its safety offerings. In fact, Kia received IIHS Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards for eight of its 2022 vehicles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the K5 and Stinger with the Top Safety Pick+ award while the Carnival, Seltos, Sorento, Soul, Sportage, and Telluride all received Top Safety Pick honors.
These awards can be attributed to a variety of factors, including premium safety technology, advanced connectivity, and the way Kia vehicles are built. See what makes Kia vehicles a top choice for safety-conscious drivers across the country.
Driver-assist safety features are the norm for modern vehicles. But Kia takes things a step further with its Drive Wise technology. This innovative suite is expansive and includes systems that monitor various aspects of your vehicle.
To help give you added peace of mind, many Kia models are equipped with most of these advanced systems as standard or available features. Another available feature on most Kia vehicles is a Head Up Display that will project vital vehicle information — like turn-by-turn navigation or warning lights — directly in front of you as you’re driving so you can keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Another way technology can benefit you in a Kia vehicle is through Kia Connect. This infotainment system is more than just music and podcasts. It also offers hands-free calling and texting through the use of voice commands so you can stay safe behind the wheel.
With the Kia Connect mobile app, you can remotely lock the doors of your vehicle, just in case you forgot to do so. You can also do more convenient tasks with the app, too, like remotely starting your Kia, creating the ideal climate settings, creating charging schedules (for EVs), or checking its maintenance schedule. Depending on the Kia model you choose, you could also connect to Amazon Alexa or Google Home to do many of these tasks.
Going beyond convenience, the Kia Connect system is also there for you in dire situations. The 911 Connect and Enhanced Roadside Assistance feature will automatically dial 911 via the built-in modem if an airbag deploys in the vehicle. For non-emergencies, the system can also connect you to 24/7 roadside assistance and can share your location. Kia Connect also now includes Stolen Vehicle Recovery, which helps law enforcement in the recovery process through location sharing and immobilization capabilities.
Of course, the basis of a vehicle’s safety comes down to how it is built. Throughout the Kia lineup, you’ll find advanced components and durable structures. Dual front airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags, and side curtain airbags are standard for front- and second-row seating positions. Quite a few Kia models feature an Iso-Structure that is made of high-strength steel that reinforces body integrity through Kia’s manufacturing techniques.
In addition to the previously mentioned Kia Drive Wise driver-assist systems, Kia also integrates a handful of active safety technologies that are constantly working behind the scenes. This includes smart features like Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Electronic Stability Control, and Traction Control.
To see any of these incredible safety features in action, feel free to stop by and see us at VanDevere Kia in Akron, Ohio.