2018 Kia Rio is First Vehicle in Minicar Segment to Earn Coveted TSP+ Award

October 23rd, 2018 by

The 2018 Kia Rio has been earned a Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+)*, from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – the best possible safety rating. The 2018 Rio becomes the first vehicle in the IIHS minicar segment to achieve the TSP+ designation. The accomplishment also increases the total number of Kia vehicles with 2018 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus ratings to 10.

To qualify for TSP+, the IIHS testing parameters require a vehicle earn “Good” ratings in six crashworthiness tests – driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraint – as well as a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the passenger side small overlap front test, an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention, and a “Good” rating in headlight testing.

Being the first automaker to establish a TSP+ in the minicar segment is further proof that Kia is dedicated to improving the quality and integrity of world-class vehicles. The Rio may have a small footprint, but it’s a big performer in all other areas, including features, style, driving dynamics, and now safety accolades.

Completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Rio stands apart from others in the subcompact segment with its combination of excellent safety ratings, fun-to-drive character, available technology, and eye-catching design. Learn more about the 2018 Kia Rio, here.

*when equipped with optional Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and LED headlights on vehicles built after June 2018.

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