The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given its Top Safety Pick+ award to the redesigned version of the 2017 Kia Cadenza. This was a result of excellent a front crash prevention system and good crashworthiness ratings with headlights being considered as acceptable.
In order to achieve the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle should be able to get good rating in all of the five crashworthiness tests. It should also have a front crash prevention system that will get either an advanced rating or superior rating. Finally, the headlights should have a good rating, or at the least an acceptable rating.
This redesigned version is the first Cadenza to have undergone the small overlap front protection conducted by IIHS. What this test does is to duplicate the situation wherein the front corner, on the driver side, crashes against another vehicle or even an object. The results was that the driver space remained to be maintained well with the maximum intrusion of the parking brake pedal measured to be 4 inches.
In addition, both the safety belt and the airbags functioned really well and together worked to control the movement of the dummy. IIHS took measurements from the same dummy which revealed that there was a low risk when it comes to significant injuries. As such for this test, the Cadenza obtained a good rating. Good rating was achieved as well for tests involved in head restraint, roof strength, side, and moderate overlap front.
In relation to the front crash prevention system, the Cadenza was able to avoid collisions at track tests done by IIHS for both 12 mph and 25 mph. This feature though is optional. Meanwhile the forward collision warning element is able to meet the requirements set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The car's optional front crash prevention system avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 25 mph and 12 mph. It also has a forward collision warning component that meet s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
While the lights utilize LED like other models, the Limited and Technology trims have managed to get acceptable headlight rating with visibility rated from fair to good regardless of the condition. The halogen lights though offering with the Premium trim was rated as poor.
When the 2017 Kia Cadenza was first released, it was the first model to be equipped with the new automatic dual-clutch eight-speed gearbox. This was developed by the brand's in-house engineers and compared to the previous version, weighed 7.7 lbs. (3.5 kg) less. Actual development for this transmission started back in 2012 resulting to at least 143 patents.
With this transmission, Kia said that not only will it increase efficiency but even reduce the noise, vibration, and harshness levels. Indeed, when paired with the 3.3-liter bi-turbo V6 engine, customers will feel how smooth the transmission is and would be unlikely to notice that the gears have actually changed.