Kia Forte Earns 2010 "Top Safety Pick" by IIHS

Kia Forte Earns 2010 “Top Safety Pick” by IIHS

Kia Motors has announced that its compact Forte sedan has received a “Top Safety Pick” status for 2010 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

This is the third model from the Hyundai/Kia line-up to receive this prestigious title for 2010, with the other two being the Kia Soul and the all-new Hyundai Sonata.

It is important to note that this rating only applies to Forte’s built after October 2009, as the automaker made revisions to the car’s B-pillar and roof to qualify it for the award.

For a vehicle to qualify for the rating, it must score the top rating of Good in frontal-offset, side-impact, and rear-impact crash tests. New for 2010, a car must also score a good rating in its roof-strength test that measures occupant protection in the case of a rollover.

The car must also be equipped with electronic stability control (ESC), standard equipment in the Forte.

With the new standards implemented for 2010, there are only 31 vehicles in the market that qualify for the Top Safety Pick, a low number compared to that of 2009. Other cars in the compact segment that earned the top rating are the Volkwagen Golf, Toyota Corolla, Subaru Impreza, Scion xB, and Nissan Cube.

2010 Kia Forte Video Review

Have a look at the video of Kia’s Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, as he talks about some of the exciting styling characteristics of this completely redesigned model.

2010 Kia Forte Koup Movie

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