The Kia Optima is easily the most popular and best-selling vehicle in Kia’s lineup, associated with reliability and family-friendly function. The 2016 model year recently got its safety rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, which found the Optima worthy of the highest possible score — Top Safety Pick Plus. In order to achieve this honor, the Kia Optima had to achieve a rating of ‘good’ in every crashworthiness test in addition to a superior rating in the optional front-crash prevention system category.
When being tested by the IIHS, there are five different tests the vehicle must undergo. The Kia Optima passed the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints and seats tests with flying colors, while also demonstrating proficiency in the optional front crash prevention category. Without the front crash prevention system, the Optima would have received the Top Safety Pick title, a step below Top Safety Pick Plus.
Vice president of Kia Motors America Orth Hedrick spoke of the safety rating, saying, “The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety sets some of the highest standards of crashworthiness, and the Top Safety Pick Plus designation is a significant achievement for the Kia brand and for our best-selling vehicle.”
Putting safety first, the 2016 Kia Optima is equipped with a number of safety tech systems that are becoming more and more commonplace in the industry, such as a rearview camera standard on all models, and an upgraded 360-view monitor on the SX and SXL trims. Additionally, features such as Lane Change Assist, automatic cruise control, Blind Spot Detection, and more are available. The optional Front Collision Warning feature is what earned the Optima its Top Safety Pick Plus title.