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2016 500X is “Top Safety Pick Plus”

by David Zatz on

The little 2016 Fiat 500X, which rolls down the same assembly line as the Jeep Renegade, has been chosen as a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the privately-run Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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The IIHS runs five major tests: side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck, a moderate-offset and small-offset front impact, a roof-crush to simulate rollover, and a rear collision to measure whiplash. The 500X had the highest possible score in each test.

The optional forward collision warning, updated to hit the brakes as well as sounding alerts, is required for the “plus” rating. In 500X, it uses both a camera and radar.  The 500X also has Hill Start Assist and optional lane departure warning, using steering wheel feedback.   Seven airbags are standard. The crossover starts at $20,000 and already rivals the well established Fiat 500 in sales.

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