The Top Safety Pick Award went to the 2011 Kia Sportage model as it has gotten the highest ratings in frontal, side, rear and rollover impact crash safety tests.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) based its overall evaluation on different measurements that are particular to each crash angle as well as the overall impact on crash test dummies during collision.
Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, Kia Motors America (KMA), said that the Kia brand is committed to offering the highest levels of passenger safety with its comprehensive list of cutting-edge technologies and features for increased crash protection.
He added that this model's sleek and modern appearance is included in Kia's transformation while keeping Kia's core philosophy of providing exciting, fun-to-drive vehicles with high levels of value, quality and safety.
The 2011 Sportage's standard safety equipment includes driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags and front active headrests, four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and a Brake Assist System (BAS).
One good thing about the new 2011 Kia Sportage is that it comes fitted with a wide array of standard safety equipment. For instance, both trims feature driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags as well as front active headrests.
Both trims also feature four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Brake Assist System (BAS). Moreover, all 2011 Kia Sportage models feature, as standard, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) that helps in preventing the SUV from rolling backward as it tries to start off on uphill grades; and Downhill Brake Control (DBC) that locks the SUV at a slow speed when going downhill to allow its driver to focus on steering.
Likewise, the new 2011 Kia Sportage could be specified with an available back-up warning sensor that assists drivers while backing up by letting out an audible warning if the SUV moves towards an obstruction.
This system could be complemented by an available rear-view back-up camera that allows drivers to see objects behind the Sportage. Aside from these safety elements, the new Sportage gets a series of standard technology features like an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities with three months of complimentary service.
Both trims are also fitted with auxiliary and USB audio input jacks that allow linkage with MP3 players, as well as Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls for hands-free operation for compatible phones.
Underpinned by a redesigned platform, the new 2011 Kia Sportage is powered, as standard, by a 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT).
With an output rating of 176 hp and fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, this 2.4-liter engine is more powerful and more fuel efficient than the 2.7-liter V6 engine its replaces. The new 2011 Kia Sportage is available in three trims -- Base, LX and EX – and has a starting price of $18,295.