The 2017 Kia Sportage has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, the highest designation given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which performs crash tests on new vehicles each year to determine how well they perform in collision situations.
The IIHS updated its testing requirements this year and made it more difficult to earn a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus award. The 2017 Sportage is one of just a few cars that have managed to perform at this high of a level.
Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus are both distinguished honors, but the Plus designation indicates the vehicle has extra technology meant to prevent crashes that works exceptionally well when tested. The Kia Sportage’s wide range of driver assist features, from autonomous emergency braking to parking assist, help keep drivers from making small mistakes like drifting into another lane.
The Sportage is significantly improved from last year—it now moves less in overlap crashes and earned superior ratings in the front crash prevention category, as well as good ratings for side impact, roof strength, and more.