Kia’s latest entry in the minivan wars, the 2014 Kia Sedona has earned a 5-star overall rating in National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash testing.
According to the press release from Kia, the minivan got five stars for frontal and side impact crash tests and four stars for the rollover crash test.
Kia Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications Michael Sprague said, “The Sedona earning NHTSA’s 5-Star safety rating is an honor and an accomplishment. Kia’s rise over the last five years has been fueled by offering the right combination of design, quality, value and safety to our customers, and the five-star accolade for the Sedona is the kind of reassurance minivan buyers are looking for when shopping for a new vehicle.”
Aiding the Kia Sedona in obtaining its NHTSA test results are several safety technologies, including six standard airbags (dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side air bags, full-length side curtain air bags for all three seating rows); active front headrests; and a four-channel, four-sensor Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), which takes into account vehicle load and weight distribution and applies the appropriate stopping force. The EBD system adapts to individual wheel grip conditions to help improve both control and stability. Additional standard safety equipment for Sedona includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Traction Control System (TCS).
TCS uses brake and engine torque intervention to enhance traction during launch and acceleration on slippery road surfaces. If the ABS system detects wheel slip, it signals the engine control unit to adjust torque output accordingly. TCS also senses when one or more wheels spin faster than the vehicle’s speed, and if necessary, applies the brakes accordingly. Working together, the two systems limit wheel spin and help the driver maintain control.
Working with the standard ABS with EBD and TCS, the ESC system can apply individualbrakes selectively to help control oversteer and understeer as needed to help the driver maintain control on slippery surfaces or during certain emergency maneuvers, according to the press release from Kia.
To see side pole impact testing video, click here. — This is a test Kia didn’t mention in its release, but the Sedona earned a 5-star rating in this test, anyway.
To our knowledge, no video was published of a rollover test for the Sedona, though the video description from NHTSA on all the above videos said the car has a 13.6% risk of rollover.