Photo of Kia Sorento courtesy of Kia Motors.

Photo of Kia Sorento courtesy of Kia Motors.

The 2017 model-year Kia Sorento has qualified as a Top Safety Pick+ award winner, thanks in large part to a new automatic braking system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said.

The new automatic braking system drew a “superior” rating from IIHS. When equipped with the optional front crash prevention system, the 2017 Sorento avoided a collision in both the 12 mph and the 25 mph IIHS track tests.

The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria, IIHS pointed out.

“The system is an improvement over the one available on the 2016 model, which was a warning system only and earned a basic rating from IIHS," the institute said in a released statement.

Like the earlier model, the 2017 Sorento earned the highest rating of “good” from IIHS in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests.

To qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must have “good” ratings in the five crashworthiness tests and an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention.