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Chrysler 200 only American car to get top marks from IIHS

by Bill Cawthon on


In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s latest report of Top Safety Picks for 2015, the Chrysler 200 was the only U.S.-badged vehicle to receive top marks in all categories.

On the list, which was released this morning, the Chrysler 200 was rated “Good” (the highest level) in the Top Safety Pick Plus grading, which adds a small overlap collision test to the previous challenges, and scored “Superior” (the highest level) for Front Crash Prevention with five of six bars on the scale.

Only Subaru-brand vehicles scored higher than the Chrysler, getting six of six bars on the Front Crash Prevention scale, and only the new Honda CR-V matched among non-luxury brands.

No 2015 Ford Motor Company or General Motors vehicles made it to the Top Safety Pick Plus rating.

IIHS Top Safety Picks – Midsize Moderately Priced Cars
Make & Model Rating Small Overlap Test Front Crash Prevention
Chrysler 200 TSP+ Good 5 Superior
Mazda 6 TSP+ Average 2 Advanced
Subaru Legacy TSP+ Good 6 Superior
Subaru Outback TSP+ Good 6 Superior
Toyota Camry TSP+ Good 4 Advanced
Toyota Prius v TSP+ Good 3 Advanced
Chevrolet Malibu TSP Good 1 Basic
Ford Fusion TSP Average 1 Basic
Honda Accord 2-door TSP Good 1 Basic
Honda Accord 4-door TSP Good 1 Basic
Hyundai Sonata TSP Average 1 Basic
Kia Optima TSP Average none N/A
Nissan Altima TSP Average none N/A
Volkswagen Jetta TSP Good 1 Basic
Volkswagen Passat TSP Average none N/A
Data Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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