The Optima snagged “good” ratings in all five of the IIHS’ crashworthiness tests, plus the “superior” rating for frontal crash avoidance. As a result, the Optima earned the institute’s top overall rating of TSP+.
“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety sets some of the highest standards of crashworthiness, and the Top Safety Pick Plus designation is a significant achievement for the Kia brand and for our best-selling vehicle,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “We are pleased that the all-new Optima received strong ratings across the range of rigorous tests set forth by IIHS. This rating validates the efforts of our engineers and the priority we place on safety for our consumers.”
Although the 2016 Optima scored well in the IIHS’ crashworthiness test, the mid-size sedan flunked the institute’s recent headlight test. The Optima, along with several other vehicles, mustered the worst rating of “poor” in the new headlight test, meaning you might really need its safety systems on a dark patch of backroad.
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