IIHS Award-Winning Kia Models

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In the past ten years, the Kia brand has undergone a radical transformation from low-spec’d economy cars to high-value class leaders. This evolution has been primarily evidenced by the modern Kia design language that sees the brand incorporate some of the most effective profiles and styling elements on the market. Kia’s modern brand identity is also known by the sheer number of features new Kia models provide as standard. The current Kia lineup gives you more standard features like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration on base models than many others.

One of the aspects of the Kia brand which has unfortunately been under-reported is the brand’s sterling safety record. Kia vehicles are more likely to win a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + distinction from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety than nearly any other brand. Here are the 2019 and 2020 Kia models to receive these highest honors from the agency:

2019 Kia Model

IIHS Safety Award

2019 Kia Rio Sedan Top Safety Pick
2019 Kia Rio Hatchback Top Safety Pick
2019 Kia Forte Top Safety Pick +
2019 Kia Niro Top Safety Pick +
2019 Kia Niro PHEV Top Safety Pick +
2019 Kia Optima Top Safety Pick +
2019 Kia Cadenza Top Safety Pick
2019 Kia Soul Top Safety Pick
2019 Kia Sorento Top Safety Pick +

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At Friendly Kia, we have a huge inventory of the latest and greatest Kia models you can buy. With every 2019 or 2020 Kia model, you’ll find class-leading features, industry-leading design and an extensive amount of thought put into driver and passenger safety, which has paid off in the form of several awards from the IIHS.

Compared to other manufacturers, Kia goes the distance. Just look at the subcompact segment, for instance, and you’ll see the 2019 Kia Rio as the only subcompact hatchback to have been recognized by the IIHS. Similarly, the 2019 Kia Niro and 2019 Kia Niro PHEV are among only a few alternate fuel vehicles to have won the coveted Top Safety Pick + recognition, beating the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq.

Looking for competent 7-passenger travel? You’ll find it in the 2019 Kia Sorento, which was awarded the Top Safety Pick + and features standard active safety features that use cameras, sensors and radar to mitigate, reduce the severity of or avoid collisions.

When you climb into a Kia vehicle, you’re getting more than just the confidence of the industry’s longest warranty coverage, you’re getting a vehicle that you know will keep you and the people most important to you safe. When you purchase or lease that Kia vehicle from Friendly Kia, you have the confidence of paying less and getting the features you want courtesy of Tampa Bay’s largest Kia inventory.

For more information or to test-drive an award-winning new Kia model today, contact us!