The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety designated Kia's small Sportage SUV a Top Safety  

The 2024 model is being raised to Top Safety Pick+

the agency's highest rating, after modifications were made to its side construction.

This year, IIHS modified the standards for its awards, including a more rigorous side impact  

crash test and requiring improved headlamp and collision avoidance performance

The government assigns a bad, marginal, acceptable, or good rating to crash protection