Kia unveiled its newly redesigned Sportage in September 2015, and brought it to market in 2016. The company said the contrasting sharp edges and smooth surfaces were inspired by modern fighter jets.
The Sportage received a “Top Safety Pick” rating, earning the award became tougher in 2010 when IIHS added the rollover crash test, which measures roof strength and is twice as stringent as the federal requirement. To pass this test, a vehicle’s roof must be able to withstand the force of three times the vehicle’s weight (acceptable rating). The federal standard requires a roof to hold 1.5 times the vehicle’s weight. It also scored the top rating of 5 Stars on the Euro NCAP crash tests.