Fiat Chrysler execs are no doubt doing a high-five over news the 2016 Fiat 500X crossover is getting top marks in the safety department. It’s just been named a Top Safety Pick+ by the International Institutes for Highway Safety.
The small crossover received a “good” rating, which is the highest possible score, on all the the IIHS tests including side impact, frontal impact, rear collision, and roof-crush. Note, the high rating only applies to the 500X when equipped with Forward Collision Warning-Plus system. This system uses camera and radar technologies to warn drivers of frontal collisions with audible and visual warnings and finally, if the driver does not brake, by braking automatically to avoid a front impact.
The high safety mark is welcome news for FCA, since not all its SUVs did so well in IIHS tests earlier this year. While the Jeep Wrangler 4-door model also picked up a “good” small overlap rating, the Dodge Journey earned a “poor” rating, and the Dodge Durango and Jeep Cherokee ended up with only “marginal” ratings.
The Fiat is built with a lot of high-strength steel, which FCA says helps out with the high safety rating since it makes the cabin safer during in the event of an accident. Watch the Fiat small overlap test below.
“With the all-new 500X, we help make it possible not only for customers to arrive safely at their destinations, but to do so with style,” says Timothy Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America.
The automaker notes that over 70 safety and security features are available on the 500X. It comes standard with seven airbags, tire-pressure monitoring, and heated power mirrors. Other options include Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Park Assist, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and Hill-Start Assist.
The 2016 500X is available now and starts at $20,000. Adding the Frontal Collision Warning-Plus system bumps the starting price up to $28,600. It comes in five trims: Pop, Easy, Trekking, Lounge, and Trekking Plus. The base Pop comes standard with a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbocharged engine and the rest of the trims come with a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 Engine with 180-horsepower. As a crossover, it is available with AWD. Other options include a double sunroof, premium leather trimmed seats, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.