Kia Rio First Minicar to Receive Highest Safety Rating From IIHS

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Rio on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 at 8:12 pm
2018 Kia Rio front fascia and headlights

The 2018 Kia Rio is now the first minicar to be awarded the Top Safety Pick+ award – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest safety recognition. The award brings the total number of Kia models to earn a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award for the 2018 model year to ten.

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2018 Kia Rio Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award

To qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award, 2018 Kia Rio models need to be equipped with the available Autonomous Emergency Braking feature and LED headlights and had to come off the production line after June 2018. The IIHS uses a series of six crashworthiness tests to determine which models are eligible to receive the prestigious award.

2018 Kia Rio left front headlight

2018 Kia Rio trunk space

2018 Kia Rio driving down a small hill in the city

What Kia Is Saying:

“We are honored to receive the Top Safety Pick+ award for the Kia Rio, the only vehicle in IIHS’s minicar segment to earn such an accolade. The Kia Rio joins several other Kia vehicles in achieving this feat, and this continues to show our commitment to safety across different vehicle segments and sizes,” said Wook Jin, Director of the Vehicle Safety Engineering Group at Namyang R&D Center.

“The Rio may have a small footprint, but it’s a big performer in all other areas, including driving dynamics, style, features, and now safety accolades. Being the first automaker to establish a TSP+ in the minicar segment is further proof that Kia is dedicated to improving the quality and integrity of our world-class model line,” said Orth Hedrick, executive director, Car Product and Telematics, Kia Motors America.

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The 2018 Kia Rio is available for test drive and purchase at both Moritz Kia dealership locations in Fort Worth including Moritz Kia Alliance at 11210 N Fwy Service Rd East and Moritz Kia Ft. Worth at 8501 West Freeway. Browse our current inventory online or visit your nearest dealership for a more personal interaction with our team.

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