Kia Earns Top Quality Recognition from J.D. Power

White 2016 Kia Soul

Kia has a lot to be proud of as 2016 draws to a close. The Korean automaker has worked hard to ensure that the safety systems on their vehicles help drivers avoid trouble whenever and wherever possible.

Representatives from the automotive industry has recently taken notice of Kia’s innovation and recognized the company accordingly.

Kia Soul and Sportage Receive Individual Quality Awards

For 27 years, the leading brand in J.D. Power’s U.S. Initial Quality Study had been a luxury brand. Kia has broken with that tradition for the 2016 model year.

The study measures a number of categories including driving experience, interior comfort, and features to determine vehicle quality. A lower score means higher quality, and Kia scored an 83, edging out German supercar manufacturer Porsche, who scored an 84.

Leading their segments were the Soul and the Sportage. The 2016 Kia Soul was found to have the fewest design related malfunctions of any other vehicle in the compact MPV class, while the Sportage earned the same accolades for the small SUV class.

Both models owe a portion of their success to the suite of active safety systems standard in every Kia:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)

All of these systems help keep you in control of your Kia and on the road. Beyond that, standard Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and an Antilock Braking System (ABS) make sure your vehicle always stops when you need it to.

Kia Safety Standards Exceed Expectations

The International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) takes their standards very seriously. As the leading non-government funded automotive safety group, the IIHS has become the de facto standard for automakers. They are constantly evolving their tests, meaning a vehicle that passed one year may not necessarily pass the next.

Despite the bar being set very high, the 2017 Kia Sorento has been awarded the coveted Top Safety Pick Plus award, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to safety.

Any member of the sales staff at Union County Kia will be happy to take the time to show you all of the safety features of any Kia on our lot. Visit us in Indian Trail, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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