The Kia Optima is a stylish midsize sedan that was designed to keep you safe. It was even named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). So, how does it keep you and your passengers safe?

To show drivers and families in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton how you can count on this sleek sedan, Maguire Kia looks at the Kia Optima safety ratings. 

Kia Optima Safe & Stable Design

The Kia Optima is built with a reinforced body cage. This rigid frame uses advanced high-strength steel and has a ring-shaped design that helps it remain strong and stand up to impact during an accident. It even hot-stamps 16 core stress areas to give it even more durability and help it retain its shape.

Just beyond the frame, there's a reliable drivetrain that sports a standard Traction Control System and Electronic Stability Control. On top of handling well in tough conditions, you'll also be able to stop safely with both an Anti-lock Braking System and Electronic Brake-force Distribution.

Interior Protection

Inside that well-designed steel frame, you'll find enough safety features to protect everyone on board and give you peace of mind. The Kia Optima interior has an advanced airbag system that covers the cabin with seven airbags.

Up front, there are Dual Front Advanced Airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as a Driver's Side Knee Airbag and Dual Front Seat Mounted Side Airbags. To cover both rows of seats, there are Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags.

Everyone can strap in tightly, too. There are standard Front Seat-Belt Pretensioners that tighten any slack when a collision occurs, plus Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) to protect smaller passengers in the back seat.

Kia Drive Wise

To help prevent accidents before they occur, the Kia Optima comes with lots of dependable driver assistance features. The Kia Drive Wise system uses a series of sensors and cameras to look out for every angle of your vehicle. Some of the standard features you can rely on are:

  • Forward Collision Warning - Avoidance Assistance
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning

In addition to watching what's around you while you drive, the system can also monitor how you drive. A Driver Attention Warning can detect when you're distracted or drowsy and alert you to take a break or get your eyes back on the road.

With these features you'll have a better chance of avoiding everything from accidents to minor fender benders. You can even check behind you when you're backing out of a parking spot or into the garage. Just put it in reverse and the Rear-Camera Display will show you what's behind you on your dashboard monitor.

Test Drive the Kia Optima

To learn more about the Kia Optima safety ratings, contact Maguire Kia and take a test drive. With its solid design, advanced airbag system, and lots of intelligent driver assistance features, you can trust it to provide you with a safe drive around Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton.

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