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2012 Kia Optima shown
2012 Kia Optima shown

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Safety features

  • Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
  • Electronic stability control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Daytime running lights (optional beginning with 2013 models)

A
Small overlap front

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G

G
Moderate overlap front

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G

G
Side

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G

G
Roof strength

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,264 lbs
Peak force 16,720 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.12
Tested vehicle
2011 Kia Optima LX 4-door

G
Head restraints & seats
Manual Cloth seat (AHR)

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G

G
Head restraints & seats
Power Leatherette seat (4-way HR)

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G

Not available Front crash prevention

Overall Evaluation
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
0 points total
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0 points
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0 points
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0 points

A
Child seat anchors (LATCH)
ease of use

LX — cloth seats

1 2 3
Good
No hardware available
Acceptable
Tether anchor
Marginal
Lower anchors
Poor
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Overall evaluation
A
1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors