2012 Fiat 500 Gets Just 3-Stars In NHTSA Safety Test

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2012 Fiat 500 Side Impact Test

2012 Fiat 500 Side Impact Test

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It might be cute, get great gas mileage and ooze the same kind of retro charm as cars like the 2012 VW Beetle and the 2012 MINI Clubman, but the 2012 Fiat 500 has scored just three stars for crash safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

While the little two-door Fiat 500 scored four stars in both the frontal and rollover crash tests, it was let down badly in the side impact crash test. 

Although the driver was fairly well protected in the side barrier rating part of the side crash test, scoring five stars, the Fiat 500’s limited rear protection let it down. 

When it came to protecting a female rear seat passenger seated behind the driver in a 35-40mph side-impact crash, the Fiat 500 scored just two stars out of a possible five. 

The Fiat 500’s rating is the lowest we’ve seen in some time, especially when most of the rival cars in its class, like the 2012 Ford Fiesta, are scoring 4 stars or higher. 

2012 Fiat 500 Front Impact Test

2012 Fiat 500 Front Impact Test

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Interestingly, in Europe, where the crash test procedures are less weighted towards head-on Intersection-style crashes, the Fiat 500 scores top marks on the European NCAP tests. 

The Fiat 500’s poor performance in the NHTSA crash tests is the worst we’ve seen for some time. In fact, one of the only other vehicles we can find with a similar crash test rating is the 2012 Dodge Caliber 4 DR FWD, made by Fiat’s sister company Chrysler.

Luckily, the poorly-performing 2012 Dodge Caliber is due to be replaced next year by the newly-developed 2013 Dodge Dart . Let's hope that it, and whetever succeeds the 2012 Fiat 500, survive fbring some more five-star ratings to the Fiat-Chrysler partnership.


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Comments (6)
  1. Stick a fork in it, this car is done.

  2. Read Up-Dated information of the FIAT 500. Top IIHS safety pick! Before making a comment like you did get All Information. FIAT, Chrysler, Maserati, Alf Romeo, Lancia, Ferrari, New Holland Case and over 1000 more companies that make up FIAT today. With that said…. it has been fixed. As a matter of fact I seen a high speed roll over on the 500C (Convertible) and guess what? Minor injuries and scratches. They walked away…

  3. Yikes. Not good. Wouldn't let anyone in my family drive in one of them.

  4. And it may be cute but it does not get a great gas mileage for its size. It's old engine tech and nothing to write home about.

  5. Read FUELECONOMY.GOV for actual MPG! Numbers much better compared to Window MPG...

  6. Please update old informatio! 2012 Fiat 500 Gets Just 3-Stars In NHTSA Safety Test

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