If safety is a priority in your next car purchase, the 2015 Chrysler 200 looks like a pretty good bet, according to a recent evaluation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new sedan scored top marks in all of the agency's crash tests and a "Superior" score from its optional front crash prevention system to earn it a Top Safety Pick+ rating.

In the latest small overlap front crash test (video below), the new Chrysler nabbed a score of "Good," the IIHS's top rating. In the 40-miles-per-hour evaluation of the front 25 percent of the vehicle, the agency found that there was a low risk of serious injuries. The safety systems kept the dummy's head in position, and the side airbags protected it well. It also beat out the previous generation 200 that only had an "Acceptable" in that test.

As part of its "Superior" score, the front crash prevention system was able to completely stop the 200 in the IIHS 12-mph test and significantly slowed it down from 25 mph. Scroll down to watch the carnage unfold as the sedan gets put through the small-overlap crash and read the official IIHS announcement of its results.


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All-new Chrysler 200 aces small overlap front crash test, earns TOP SAFETY PICK+

ARLINGTON, Va. - The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200, a midsize moderately priced car, earns the top rating of good in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front crash test, a step up from the previous generation's rating of acceptable. With good ratings in all five of the Institute's crashworthiness evaluations, plus an available front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating, the 200 qualifies for the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award.

In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well, and injury measures recorded on the dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash of this severity. The dummy's head was well controlled by the frontal airbag, which stayed in position during the crash. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structures. The 200 earns a good rating in every measurement category for small overlap protection including structure, restraints and dummy kinematics, and injury measures for the head and neck, chest, pelvis, and legs and feet.

The Institute added the small overlap evaluation to its testing lineup in 2012. In the crash, 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph. It replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or a utility pole.

The 200 earns a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with its optional forward collision warning system with autobrake, part of a package called SafetyTec. In track evaluations, the system completely stopped the vehicle in the Institute's 12 mph test and significantly reduced the vehicle's speed in the 25 mph test.

To qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, good ratings in the Institute's moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, plus a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.


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      AntBee
      • 4 Months Ago

      I've seen quite a few of these out on the road.  I must say, they are a vast improvement over the previous 200, and are really handsome-looking cars.

        WMB
        • 4 Months Ago
        @AntBee

        I agree with you, it's a good looking car especially with those led drl...may be the best in its class.

      Koenigsegg
      • 4 Months Ago

      have not seen 1 on the road, it kind of looks cool but also looks really generic 

      danz
      • 4 Months Ago

      I truly hated the Sebring and the previous gen 200 and was very skeptical when the first images of the new 200 came out.

      However just last weekend I got to see a black one parked on the street and it was sort of stunningly good looking in person.

      hokkaido76
      • 4 Months Ago

      Yawn. Several cars within the segment have a TSP+ rating, so it's nothing special.

      Captain Caution
      • 4 Months Ago

      Love the losers who come to just trash the car despite its good review.  Hate on trolls, make sure your mother brings your cheerios to the basement first thing tomorrow.

        Koenigsegg
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Captain Caution

        i dont have enough room to store a generic car in my basement. 

      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago

      Kudos Mopar.

      Roger
      • 4 Months Ago

      Very nice! But I don't exactly dig this car in white...

      BipDBo
      • 4 Months Ago

      Poll about the new edit feature:
      This is unrelated to the article, but since the thread about the new system has moved off of page 1, here it is.  Who really cares about the 200 anyway?

      After all the griping, I'm just curious what portion will use the edit feature.
      If you love the edit feature, and think you will use it, respond with "Yes!"
      If you don't think you'll ever use it, just upvote.

      bigjack254
      • 4 Months Ago

      This is a truly great car that will be appreciated 40 years from now.

      Bill Burke
      • 4 Months Ago

       Sure, I'm a Mopar loyalist, people call me "Mopar Willy", I'd call the new 200 a "great" product and surely many would agree. But there are a few, for various reasons, who would disagree, some on this page, and that's to be expected and OK...but in truth, if bias were eliminated, those folks would be scoffed at by all those who want to be honest and fair.

       What is most significant about the 200 is the level of achievement and improvement in product that has been accomplished. It points clearly to a brand and a company that is headed in the right direction and can produce segment leading vehicles across the entire product line. Can there be any doubt that Chrysler Group is the hottest domestic manufacturer at this point in time, and that it is commanding more respect, more interest and more retail customers than anytime in recent memory? When you put the safety results of this 200 in perspective, it points to a brand on the cusp of major success. 

       Like it or not, the 200 does communicate a level of "greatness" that has Chrysler loyalists, like "Mopar Willy" here, grinning from ear to ear.

      SooooRight
      • 4 Months Ago

      What a steaming pile of crap.  Thank god some idiots made a bunch of 20-somethings to buy it.

      Bombdefuzer
      • 4 Months Ago

      Good job!  That's a good looking car.  Maybe a little less wheel gap and it would look really good!

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