5 of the safest cars on the road

  • Kia Sorento


    The Sorento, a mid-size SUV, has been completely redesigned with the 2016 model. Like the other vehicles on this list, it scored a top-rated "good" on all the IIHS crash tests. The Sorento scored very well in the roof strength test approximating a rollover -- in which the roof must bear four times the vehicle's weight before crumbling.

    Test drivers found the standard four-cylinder engine, rated for 21MPG city and 29 highway a little sluggish. You can get much better acceleration with the V-6 option. But there is a mileage penalty with ratings of 18 city, 26 highway. Reviewers do praise the Sorento's stylish and roomy interior and ample cargo room. The Sorento's list price ranges from $24,900 to $43,100.

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