The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on two Chrysler Group products, and has named each of them a "Top Safety Pick" based on the Institute's requirements for 2013. Note that neither of the models has been rated in the difficult new small overlap frontal-impact test as this article is written.
According to the IIHS, the new 2014 Fiat 500L receives the highest rating of "Good" in the moderate overlap frontal-impact test, side-impact test, rear-impact injury prevention test, and the rollover resistance test. A front crash prevention rating, a new metric recently introduced by the IIHS, has not been assigned to the Fiat.
Able to comfortably seat 5 passengers and carry a substantial amount of cargo, the Fiat 500L is a much larger vehicle than the Fiat 500 mini-car. Though still compact in terms of exterior dimensions, the 500L is designed to be the Fiat for families, providing room and utility in an affordable, fuel-efficient vehicle with Italian design flair.
The other Chrysler Group model to earn a "Top Safety Pick" designation for 2013 is the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. This new SUV, which boasts genuine off-roading capability in Trailhawk trim, earned the same testing scores as the Fiat 500L, plus a "Basic" rating for front crash prevention.
Jeep is counting on the Cherokee to boost sales all around the world. A 5-passenger vehicle, the Cherokee's cargo-toting capabilities are on par with compact crossovers, but Jeep markets the SUV as a midsize model. A 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive are standard, with a V-6 engine and several all-wheel-drive systems available as options.