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Safe SUV: The 2016 Fiat 500X is an IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2016 Fiat 500X is a stylish, sporty, and extremely safe crossover SUV. Fiat has loaded the 500X with advanced safety features that make the 500X perhaps the safest small SUV on the road today.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute recently tested the 2016 Fiat 500X for crashworthiness, and the SUV passed with the highest possible score in all areas. Areas tested rigorously for their strength included the front of the car, sides, roof, and seats. That the Fiat 500X was able to score full marks in all of these areas is especially impressive for a small SUV.

For front crash prevention, the Fiat was rated “Advanced,” thanks to its range of active automated driver assistance technologies. The Forward Collision Warning System is coupled with Active Braking, which can engage the brake if a collision is imminent, reducing damage and injury or avoiding it completely. When the Fiat 500X first detects the possibility of a crash, it uses visual and audible warnings so you can take the correct required action. If the driver does not act, and a collision is deemed unavoidable, the Fiat 500X will slow itself down and stop if required.

The Fiat 500X’s Advanced Crash Protection and Driver Assist Systems

When changing lanes, the Fiat 500X’s Blind Spot Monitoring System will flash a yellow light on the side view mirror to indicate another car is in the vicinity. In reverse, the car’s ParkSense Rear Park Assist System alerts you to any objects behind the car and notes their distance. A camera with accompanying touchscreen interface is an option, and it even includes grid lines to guide the driver when reversing.

All of these driver assistance features help you avoid collisions, but it is the high-strength steel unibody construction of the Fiat 500X that protects the occupants if an unlikely collision occurs. The frame absorbs the energy of a crash so those in the vehicle feel less of the impact.

Seven airbags inside the Fiat deploy during a collision, further reducing the forces that are delivered to the occupants. The car can also detect an imminent rollover and activate the side curtain airbags.

With driver-selectable all-wheel drive, you are in control. Traction can also be adjusted with just one button. The Dynamic Selector Traction Control System offers Auto and Sport settings, and when road conditions are bad, you can engage Traction+ for added grip. The car is also equipped with an electric power steering system, and its 180-horsepower 2.4-liter engine can provide speed and acceleration when needed.

The Fiat 500X is available at our Auto Gallery locations in Santa Monica and Van Nuys. For more on the technology behind the award-winning Fiat 500X and other vehicles in The Auto Gallery’s range, sign up for our informative newsletter today.

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