2018 Kia Rio Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Rating

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The 2018 Kia Rio is the first vehicle in the minicar segment to earn the sought-after Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Rio is in good company as many vehicles in the Kia model lineup have earned this rating as well

The TSP+ rating is the highest the IIHS gives out. The 2018 Rio achieves this rating when equipped with LED headlights and the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system, both optional, on vehicles built after June 2018. The AEB system was given a “Superior” rating and the LED headlights were rated as “Good.”

“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,” Orth Headrick, executive director of Car Product and Telematics for Kia Motors America, said in a statement. “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.”

With the 2018 Rio, the number of Kia vehicles that have achieved a TSP+ or TSP rating is now 10, which is more than any other car brand. The last Kia to receive the TSP+ rating was the 2018 Niro.

In order for a vehicle to qualify for a TSP+ rating, it must earn “Good” ratings in all five of the IIHS crashworthiness tests. Those tests are driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraint. The vehicle must also earn a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in passenger side small overlap front; “Advanced” or “Superior” in front crash prevention; and “Good” in headlight testing. 

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