2015 Chrysler 200 Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

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It costs $21,700, it comes as standard with a smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox and it can be had with a 295 horsepower Pentastar V6 and all-wheel drive. We're talking about the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan, which has been crash tested by the IIHS, earning the highly desired Top Safety Pick+ rating.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's most demanding testing procedure is the theatrical 40 mph small overall crash test. Redesigned from head to toe for the 2015 model year, the all-new Chrysler 200 mid-size luxury sedan is a crashworthy piece of kit as it managed to score an overall "good" and a "superior" rating for front crash prevention.

Be it small overlap, moderate overlap, side, roof strength or head restraints and seats, Chrysler's new model has proved that it was designed with passenger safety in mind from square one. The tested vehicle, a 200 Limited fitted with the 2.4-liter four-pot powerplant, maintained driver space well, with a 9 cm intrusion recorded at the lower hinge pillar, while upper intrusion measured 5 to 7 cm.

IIHS informs that dummy movement was well controlled, with the small overlap crash test indicating a low risk of significant injuries. The head of the dummy loaded the frontal airbag until it rebounded, while the side torso airbag and side curtain airbag protected from contact with side structures and debris.

As for the "superior" front crash prevention rating, that was achieved thanks to a feature called Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, included in the optional Safety Tec package. In the 12 mph IIHS test, the car avoided a collision, while in the 25 mph crash test, impact speed was reduced by 14 mph.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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