Happy Wednesday and welcome to the hump to get over for the rest of the week until Friday! Today our Kaufman Law blog is rounding out the second to last of the top nine safest vehicles on the road today that report zero deaths per one million registered people who use them, discussed from thisoriginal article in the AJC two Fridays prior. The vehicle that we feature today may come as a surprise to most, because this make has only progressed and gained worldwide exposure over the last few years, particularly for its sleek vehicle designs and improved overall performance. Let's take a look at number eight and see what it's all about:
According to the Kia website, the Sorento was introduced into Kia's main line of models over a decade ago, with this model being the standard to which all other models would eventually imitate in safety. No doubt that after perusing images of the Sorento over the course of a decade, the vehicle has undergone many drastic frame and design changes, going from a boxy, almost station wagon frame to a gradually rounded-out, crossover mini-van look. This observation is consistent with the other vehicles that we have featured in the SUV category, which is the class that has contained the safest automobiles in our discussion series. As we mentioned before, SUVs used to be the most risky vehicles on the road with their overwhelming rate of rollover possibility during a collision, and even with sharper-than-normal turns. But years of technological advancement and countless model redesigns, coupled with better testing techniques and experimentation, have revolutionized the current status and projected future of SUVs and their subsequent reputations. Kia is obviously one of those companies that has made reinvention their priority in multiple aspects of automobile building. Here are the safety highlights of the Sorento:
1. Electronic Stability Control: Helps keep the driver on his or her intended course.
2. Traction Control System: Helps the vehicle to maintain control of the wheels and avoid wheel spin.
3. Braking system: Cornering Brake Control: Helps the driver stay on the intended course when turning; the Electronic Brake-force Distribution: Adjusts braking control from front to back depending on the amount of force applied to the pedal; the Brake Assist System: Increases braking pressure when it senses an emergency braking situation, such as an imminent front-end collision; the Hill-Start Assist Control helps to keep the vehicle on track when accelerating from a complete stop on an incline.
4. Body frame: Made of 53% advanced high strength steel for increased rigidity and impact absorption.
5. Advanced airbag system: Contains sensors that detect the level of collision impact and whether or not a passenger exists in the front passenger seat to determine how much to inflate the airbags. Multiple airbags surround the front, sides, and even back side panels of the vehicle.
6. Seat belts: The front seatbelts are adjustable for height and contain smart technology that tightens the seatbelts depending on the type and severity of a collision.
Overall, the Kia website pages that discuss the Sorento's safety features are extremely user friendly and visually attractive. The safety features are described in language that the majority of the population can understand, while also managing to get the point across of how much safety is important to the company over stylish looks alone.
See you tomorrow when we discuss the last top safest vehicle available today!