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I wanted to share some good news about the safety of the 500L. In the USA the insurance companies have gathered together to test automobiles in a group called IIHS. This is beyond the mandatory governmental tests. The cars are testes using higher speeds and more stringent testing protocols. The 500L was just given the Top Safety Pick for 2014.

They rate the vehicles using three terms Good, Acceptable and Poor. To get a Good in even one category is very hard to do. The 500L was given the rating Good in all categories. To get the Top Safety Pick a vehicle must receive good ratings in at least 4 of 5 tests and no less than acceptable in the fifth test.

http://www.fiat500usa.com/2013/10/fi...fety-pick.html

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/fiat/500l

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Re: 500L Top Safety Pick - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (USA)

The 500L was engineered to be immensely strong.

Many people aren't much bothered, but I am
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Re: 500L Top Safety Pick - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (USA)

Looking at the ratings for a few different vehicles on the site I'm yet to find a car designed for euro ncap ratings that's less than good all round.

The normal 500 also scored 4 good ratings.
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Quote Originally Posted by StevenRB45 View Post
Looking at the ratings for a few different vehicles on the site I'm yet to find a car designed for euro ncap ratings that's less than good all round.

The normal 500 also scored 4 good ratings.
That is because the latest Euro standards promote safe cars. This is something that US domestics are finally getting the hang of due to the proliferation af world cars. I expect our IIHS and government testing will catch up in the next two years or so.

Toyota has had a few problems lately getting out of the poor range with a few models including some expensive Lexus SUVs.
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Quote Originally Posted by jabird101 View Post
I wanted to share some good news about the safety of the 500L. <SNIP>
Thanks for sharing this. It is good to know. The 500L does feel a very safe drive possibly also due to it's size.

There is also a lot of space in the engine compartment which no doubt contributes to it's safety with all that 'deformability'. What is striking is how well the passenger compartment has maintained it's integrity in that test, something I noticed in the NCAP test video when we were looking to buy one.

http://www.euroncap.com/player_Media...5-4ea0e7b392e4

Not all cars can do this in the tests.
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