Kia Sorento, the compact utility vehicle for 2011, has been known as a ‘Top Safety Pick’ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This has been announced by Kia on 2nd June 2010. This compact utility vehicle will join two different cars in the segment – the 2010 Forte compact sedan and the 2010 Soul urban passenger vehicle, as top safety picks.
The Kia Sorento has gained ‘Good’ ratings and this is the highest achievable, in frontal, rear, side, and rollover impact crash safety tests. This car will be equipped with various standard safety equipment, which includes the driver and the passenger advanced front airbags, side curtain airbags and front active headrests, front seat-mounted side airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Start Assist Control, and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Along with this, the car is offering to its consumers the outstanding quality, with new appealing design, comfort, and value.
Michael Sprague, the Vice President, marketing of Kia Motors America has said that Kia brand is first and foremost committed to providing the highest levels of passenger safety. Further he added that the 2011 Sorento is an example of Kia’s ongoing and rapid vehicle expansion, demonstrating that buyers can have an affordable, well-equipped and attractive compact utility vehicle without sacrificing impressive levels of crash protection. The compact utility vehicle that went on-sale in the early January this year, was the first vehicle to roll off the line at new state-of-the-art of Kia manufacturing facility in West Point, which is in Georgia.
The 2011 Kia Sorento is now available in LX en EX trims, and will very soon be available in the SX model. The car is offered with a choice of two engine configurations – 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that outputs 172 horsepower, and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which has the power to develop 273 horsepower. Both the cars will be equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission.