Kia Forte, Soul Improve on IIHS Crash Test

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Two of Kia’s compact cars fared better in crash tests for 2015 than they did in the previous model year.

The Forte and Soul models have both improved on the IIHS small overlap front test with the Soul earning a good rating, improving from its previous poor result. The Korean automaker improved the Soul’s structure for the 2015 model year and after earning good ratings in the four other crash tests, the 2015 Kia Soul is now an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

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On the other hand, the Forte improved to a marginal rating as opposed to a poor rating earned in last year’s evaluation. Both vehicles received significant structural upgrades for the 2015 model year as a result of the poor crash test ratings.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Talc99 Talc99 on Nov 18, 2014

    Wow, that looks scary! I am considering a Kia Soul but definitely not for it's safety. I am glad to learn the 2015's are safer but will I be able to walk again after surviving a crash like that?