2023 Kia Seltos  RealSafeCars63Safety Rating

#74 of 2023 SUVs

#142 of all 2023 vehicles

Pictured: 2021 Kia Seltos
The Seltos, which Kia introduced in 2021, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. The Seltos provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). Kia offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2023 Kia Seltos is very unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2023 Kia Seltos has a score of 63, implying a 0.064% chance of driver death (5.8% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.055%, and the chance of injury falls to 5%.

We estimate that the 2023 Kia Seltos has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0644% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 7.3569%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0644% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 7.3569% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2023 Kia Seltos is 38% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2023 Kia Seltos is 58% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2023 Kia Seltos offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. There are optional safety features on the 2023 Kia Seltos which may add to the cost but should be strongly considered --- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA).

Another advanced safety feature --- while not cutting edge --- can still improve vehicle safety. Side mirror turn signals are optional on the Kia Seltos. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9455Hyundai VenueKia SeltosKia ForteNissan KicksHyundai KonaKia SoulHonda HR-VMazda CX-30Mazda 3Buick Encore GXJeep RenegadeSubaru ImprezaComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2023 Kia Seltos with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 55 to 94. The 2023 Kia Seltos is less safe than the 2023 Kia Forte, the 2023 Nissan Kicks, the 2023 Hyundai Kona, the 2023 Kia Soul, the 2023 Subaru Impreza, the 2023 Jeep Renegade, the 2023 Buick Encore GX, the 2023 Mazda 3, the 2023 Mazda CX-30, and the 2023 Honda HR-V. It is about as safe as the 2023 Hyundai Venue.

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