The 2015 Kia Sedona has been crash tested by the federal government for occupant protection, and with its mostly top-notch Insurance Institute for Highway (IIHS) ratings, the safety ratings of this completely redesigned minivan now exceed those of some key rivals.
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As part of the Federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, he got the best five star scores for frontal impact and side impact, including all test subcategories.
The IIHS Sedona crash test results all included the best result. The Toyota Sienna remains the only minivan model to currently meet the highest IIHS category, designated Top Safety Pick +. However, it does carry a fairly large asterisk, because while it is rewarded for its good scores and more advanced front crash prevention system, it only handles small “acceptable” overlap scores.
And if you shop for safety ratings, that puts it ahead of the Nissan Quest, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Chrysler Town & Country, and pretty much on the same ground as the Honda Odyssey and Sienna.
The Odyssey is essentially on par with the Sedona. Both models score top marks everywhere, except their available front crash prevention systems offer no form of automatic braking, now essential for this next level.
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Great crash scores, but the pressure is on for smarter active safety
The Kia Sedona offers this advanced safety system, called Forward Collision Warning, as part of the optional technology package on the SX-L model. , and HID headlights with auto-leveling. The package costs $ 2,700, bringing the total price of the model sticker with active safety extras to $ 43,295.
The results also apply to the 2016 Kia Sedona, which is expected to be retained without significant changes. Although with Toyota is now stepping up make these active safety functions available on all of its vehicles, at a lower price, one could see competitive pressure making this system more widely available on the Sedona.
Minivans already have a hard-earned reputation as one of the safest types of vehicles for those who want to provide the best safety for their families; and this is reflected in their low injury claim rates.
The Sedona’s new body structure certainly helps; Kia notes that its torsional stiffness has improved by 36 percent and that 76 percent of its body structure is made of advanced high-strength steel. In addition, according to the automaker, new ultra-high-strength steel tubes are installed in the front pillars.
See our 2015 Kia Sedona full review to learn more about its safety, features and pricing, as well as driving impressions and smart shopping tips.
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