12/04/06 ID: 3504

Five-Star Crash Safety Rating for Entry SUV in Frontal and Side Impact Crash Tests

Five-Star Crash Safety Rating for Entry SUV in Frontal and Side Impact Crash Tests

IRVINE, Calif., December 4, 2006 – The 2007 Kia Sportage earned a five-star crash safety rating, the highest possible, for all seating positions in the latest frontal and side impact crash tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“Having Sportage join Sedona and Optima this year in receiving five-star crash safety ratings from NHTSA is another big feather in our cap,” said Len Hunt, executive vice president and COO of Kia Motors America.  “This is further proof of Kia’s commitment to building high quality vehicles with unprecedented levels of standard safety and convenience features.”

With its rugged, sporty styling, the Sportage was designed with the young-at-heart in mind but also appeals to value-minded consumers with its array of standard features.  Sportage follows the Kia tradition of placing a heavy emphasis on safety and is equipped with six standard airbags (two advanced front airbags, two front-seat-mounted side airbags and two full-length side-curtain airbags), a four-wheel Anti-Lock Disc Braking System (ABS), a Traction Control System (TCS) and Electronic Stability Control (ECS).

Sportage combines exceptional value with the highest level of standard features and equipment.  Available in two trim levels, the LX can be equipped with either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or 2.7-liter V6 while the EX is equipped with a standard V6.  All Sportage models feature rear privacy glass, power windows, power mirrors, a roof rack, an AM/FM/CD stereo system with six speakers and 16-inch alloy wheels.  Cruise control comes as standard equipment on all V6 models.  A Sport Package is available for LX V6 models.  A Luxury Package is offered for EX models only.  A full-time, electronic-control on-demand four-wheel-drive system as well as a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) are other options available for both trims.

Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (

Like all Kia models, the Sportage is covered by the manufacturer’s comprehensive vehicle coverage program, which includes a 10-year/100,00-mile limited powertrain warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty.  A 5-year/100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty and 5-years/60,000-miles of 24-hour roadside assistance are added benefits to consumers.

Kia Motors America – the sales, marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corp. in Seoul, South Korea – offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 630 dealers throughout the United States.  For more information, including photography, visit

Press Release Information Accuracy Disclaimer
Information posted in press releases on the Kia Media website was accurate at the time of posting but may be superseded by subsequent releases or other information.