2022 Kia Carnival driving on the street

New Kia Carnival Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

How Safe is the 2022 Kia Carnival?

Have you heard? The 2022 Kia Carnival is making waves not just here in the Tampa Bay area, but around the country as well. It’s being welcomed with open arms by auto enthusiasts and industry hotshots alike, not to mention drivers who have been on the lookout for an exceptional multi-purpose vehicle. Just this week it was announced that the new Kia Carnival has earned the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick rating mere months after the vehicle’s debut. How safe is the 2022 Kia Carnival? We’ve broken down what caught the attention of the IIHS and why it has earned such an important honor. 

IIHS Rating Criteria 

What does a vehicle have to accomplish to earn the right to boast itself as an IIHS Top Safety Pick? A 2021 Top Safety Pick must achieve a Good rating in several different crash tests, including driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint. It must also receive an Advanced or Superior rating for its available front crash prevention features, which are evaluated with vehicle-to-vehicle as well as vehicle-to-pedestrian tests. Finally, a vehicle has to have Good or Acceptable headlights available somewhere within its trim lineup. 

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2022 Kia Carnival steering wheel and navigation screen
2022 Kia Carnival steering wheel and digital instrument cluster with the road ahead outside the windshield

What Makes the 2022 Kia Carnival a Top Safety Pick? 

The 2022 Kia Carnival, in models built after March 2021, faired quite well in its crashworthiness, earning a Good rating (the best rating available) in all of its crash tests. The Carnival’s front crash prevention features earned it a Superior rating in each category tested, and the available headlights found in the SX Prestige trim achieved a Good rating, rounding out this award. 

Its crashworthiness can be attributed to its solid build and boxy SUV-like design. And Kia has also been continuing to push its safety features forward throughout the entire lineup, including such available features as Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist, and more. 

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