ARLINGTON, Virginia – The all-new 2016 Fiat 500X SUV earned the highest 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
On sale now at Fiat dealerships, the 500X received “good” ratings in all five of the Institute’s crashworthiness tests and an “advanced” rating for its optional front-crash prevention system.
“In the Institute’s 12 mph track test, a 500X equipped with the system avoided a collision in four out of five runs,” said the Institute in a statement on Tuesday. “In the 25 mph test, the impact speed was reduced by 5 mph.”
Standard safety equipment in the 500X includes antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control and seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not rated the 2016 500X.
Key competitors to the 500X include the Kia Soul, Mini Cooper Countryman and Scion xB.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2016 Kia Soul or Mini Cooper Countryman. The Scion xB will not be offered for the 2016 model year.