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Fiat 500X lands IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating [Video]

The 500X is FCA\'s second model to receive top crashworthiness honors for 2015, following the Chrysler 200.

The new Fiat 500X has been awarded a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The subcompact crossover earned 'good' ratings in all five crash scenarios. In the challenging small-overlap test, driver space was maintained reasonably well with a maximum intrusion of four inches at the door hinge pillar and instrument panel. The dummy's head slid off the front airbag, potentially exposing drivers to head contact with less-forgiving components.

"Measures taken from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity, but the likelihood of other injuries is low," the IIHS wrote in a report.

The institute identified possible injuries to the right foot in the moderate-overlap test, however the concerns did not reduce the 'good' rating. No problems were encountered with side-crash performance, head restraints, whiplash-mitigating seats or roof strength.

To earn the 'Plus' designation the 500X offers an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system as an upgrade option. The crossover avoided a collision in the 12 mph test on four out of five runs, while impact speed was reduced by 5 mph in the 25 mph test.

The 500X is the second Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2015, following the Chrysler 200. The IIHS has not yet tested the Fiat crossover's stablemate, the Jeep Renegade, which will likely achieve similar results.

Segment rivals that also achieved top honors for 2015 include the Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V and Mitsubishi Outlander.

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