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2018 Kia Rio Earn Elusive Safety Rating

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It does feel like a lot of newer models are finding it hard to get the Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS mostly due to their headlights which is why we were surprised that the Kia Rio was actually given the Top Safety Pick + safety rating by IIHS.

The Kia Rio is the only subcompact segment to earn the rating and it was all because the 2018 model was given updated headlights. Do take note that the standard halogen headlights are still rated “poor” but the LED projector headlights which are now being offered as an option for the midlevel S trim is rated “Good” which contributed to the high safety rating.

While the Rios without the LED headlights will not get the Top Safety Pick + rating, they actually still did pretty well in the crash tests. All test besides the passenger-side small overlap test got a Good rating from them.

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