The 2010 Kia Forte joins Soul crossover and the Sedona minivan siblings as the latest Kia vehicle to receive a “Top Safety Pick” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Forte achieved “Good” ratings in the IIHS’ frontal, side, and rear impact crash tests as well as the new rollover test this year.
The Forte, which replaces the outgoing Kia Spectra, is equipped with a host of standard safety features such as front seat and side curtain airbags; four-wheel disc brakes with an antilock brake system (ABS); electronic stability control (ESC); and even a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Note that vehicles must have ESC to qualify for the Top Safety Pick award.
“The Kia brand is growing rapidly in the U.S. thanks to new vehicles such as the Forte that embody our core philosophies of quality, value, style and safety,” states Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing of Kia Motors America (KMA). “Forte offers buyers a youthful and dynamically styled vehicle with an impressive array of standard safety features, and being honored as an IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick’ award winner furthers its position as a top contender in its segment and a vehicle that offers consumers the entire package.”
Both the Kia Forte and Soul won in the IIHS’ Small Car category for 2010. The Kia Sedona was selected as Top Safety Pick in 2006.