The 2015 Kia Sedona has been federally tested for occupant protection, and with its Insurance Institute for Highway (IIHS) ratings mostly already in place, this completely redesigned minivan’s safety ratings now exceed those of some major rivals.
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In Federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, it earned top five-star scores for frontal impact and side impact, including all test subcategories.
Crash test results for the Sedona from the IIHS all included the top “good” result. The Toyota Sienna remains the only minivan model to currently meet the IIHS’ highest category, designated Top Safety Pick+. It does carry a fairly large asterisk, however, because while it deserves the accolade for its generally good scores and more advanced forward collision avoidance system, it only manages small “acceptable” overlap scores.
And if you shop by safety ratings, that puts it ahead of the Nissan Quest, Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, and roughly on par with the Honda Odyssey and Sienna.
The Odyssey is basically tied to the Sedona. Both models get top marks, except their available forward collision avoidance systems don’t offer any form of automatic braking, now essential for this top level.
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Great crash scores, but the pressure is on for smarter active safety
The Kia Sedona offers this premium safety system, called Forward Collision Warning, as part of the optional technology package on the SX-L model – also bringing lane departure warning, surround view monitor, cruise control advanced intelligent gear, an intelligent high beam system, and auto-leveling HID headlights. The package costs $2,700, bringing the model’s total sticker price with active safety extras to $43,295.
The results also apply to the 2016 Kia Sedona, which is expected to carry over without significant change. Although Toyota is now working to make these active safety features available on all of its vehicles, at a lower price, we could see competitive pressure making this system more widely available on the Sedona.
Minivans already have a hard-earned reputation of being one of the safest types of vehicles for those who want to provide their family with the best security; and this is reflected in their low injury claim rates.
The Sedona’s new body structure certainly helps; Kia notes that its torsional rigidity has improved by 36% and that 76% of its body structure is made of advanced high-strength streel. Also, according to the automaker, new ultra-high-strength steel tubes have been installed in the front pillars.
Check out our full review of the 2015 Kia Sedona for more on its safety, features and price, plus driving impressions and smart buying tips.
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