Fiat’s 500L And Jeep’s Cherokee Named 2013 Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety named the 2014 Fiat 500L a 2013 Top Safety Pick.

The four-door B-segment hatchback was one of two Chrysler Group vehicles to earn the designation during the latest round of IIHS evaluations, with the 2014 Jeep Cherokee being the second one. In the last 10 months, a total of 14 Chrysler Group vehicles have been so commended.

Top Safety Pick testing simulates a side impact, front moderate-overlap impact, roof-crush consistent with a rollover, and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash.

In each of these tests, the all-new Fiat 500L recorded the highest-possible rating of “good.”

“The all-new 2014 Fiat 500L blends Italian style, a loft-like interior, great value and advanced safety features such as reactive head restraints and seven standard air bags, making it a unique proposition in the marketplace,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC.

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The other Chrysler Group vehicle today named a 2013 Top Safety Pick is the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV, which is equipped with 10 standard air bags and features a 65 percent content ratio of advanced-technology steel.

Per Fiat, expanding on the style, efficiency and driving enjoyment that has made the Fiat 500 an icon for more than 55 years, the all-new 2014 Fiat 500L expands the Cinquecento’s appeal by offering 42 percent extra interior space with comfortable seating for five, engaging driving dynamics, a 160-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine and two fuel-saving, six-speed transmission offerings, all wrapped in contemporary Italian design.