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.
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.