The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently bestowed its highest safety recognition on the 2019 Kia Stinger. The car received a Top Safety Pick+ award when it is equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.
This latest accolade brings Kia to a total of 10 Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ awards for 2019 models.
IIHS engineers put the large car through the paces. In a series of six crashworthiness tests, the Kia Stinger scored good ratings across the board. The rigorous evaluations included the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
However, in order to quality for a Top Safety designation, a car must also score an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention as well as a good headlight rating.
The Stinger lived up to the standard on both counts. Its available front crash prevention system earns a superior rating, with the vehicle avoiding collisions in 12 mph and 25 mph IIHS track tests.
The car also offers two good-rated headlight systems. These include static LED projector headlights that are available both with and without high-beam assist, a system that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.