IIHS Top Safety Pick...But Ours Isn't - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: IIHS Top Safety Pick...But Ours Isn't

October 18, 2011

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Good news: The 2012 Fiat 500 has scored an IIHS Top Safety Pick award. The minicar scored a Good in front, side, rollover, and rear crash tests and has ESC as standard. It is the only minicar besides the Ford Fiesta to earn the award.

Bad news: It only applies to cars built after July 2011. We bought ours in April of 2011. Cars built before August of 2011 get only a marginal score in front offset test results. Accord to the IIHS, Fiat modified the driver seat structure to improve occupant protection.

So much for all of the people who were early adopters...

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Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com


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