The redesigned 2016 Kia Optima earned the top award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which awarded the mid-sized sedan the Top Safety Pick Plus rating. In order to be granted the TSP+ qualification, the IIHS testing parameters require the vehicle to receive “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests. Those tests include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints. For the additional of the “Plus” rating, the vehicle must also rate as an “advanced” or “superior” mark for front crash prevention. The 2016 Optima received “good” crashworthiness ratings and a “superior” rating for the optional front-crash prevention system.
The 2016 Kia Optima is Kia’s best selling model. With a starting MSRP of $21,990, affordability with top rated safety features make this vehicle highly desirable, not only for the budget conscious, but also an avid car enthusiast.
Safety features contributing to the success of Kia’s 2016 Optima safety rating include; Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS), Front Collision Warning System (FCWS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).
For an overview of the safety features on the Optima, take a look at this video highlighting why the 2016 Kia Optima is a major contender for safe vehicles in the auto market.