‘Tis the Season: Dodge Dart, Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200 Named IIHS Top Safety Picks

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2014 Dodge Dart Limited Press Photo

The 2014 Dodge Dart earned not only IIHS “Top Safety Pick” status, but also a 5-star rating from NHTSA. (Photo courtesy Dodge)

We continue getting notices from automakers who want to crow about their cars’ achieving good crash test results. Most recently hitting my inbox: The Dodge Dart and Avenger, as well as the Chrysler 200, all earned “Top Safety Pick” status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A press release from Chrysler said this made the sixth time the IIHS has lauded the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200. The Dodge Dart, meanwhile, has earned IIHS honors every year since Dodge revived the name for the Alfa Romeo-influenced small car — and it also earned a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Like Kia did with its Soul, Chrysler credited some of the performance to the vehicles use of high-strength steels:

All three vehicles feature significant advanced-technology steel content, which enhances structural integrity. The Dart’s 68 percent content ratio of high-strength steel is among the highest in the industry.

According to the release, the Dodge Dart, Dodge Avenger, and Chrysler 200 sedans each scored “good” ratings in IIHS’ moderate-offset frontal crash, side impact, roof strength, and whiplash testing. They were rated “acceptable” in the new small-overlap frontal crash test — no small feat considering how the small-overlap test frequently rips cars to shreds. Google “small overlap crash test video” sometime if you don’t believe us.

Other safety technologies that got credit for the crash test results in the press relase: The Dodge Dart’s 10 airbags and more than 60 safety and security features. All the safety features on the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200, the release said, are standard equipment and include supplemental side-curtain airbags for front and rear outboard occupants.

Finally, to help the driver avoid crashes in the first place, the Dodge Dart features an available ParkView back-up camera, Blind-Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Path detection, which alerts drivers to traffic that approaches the vehicle’s rear from a 90-degree angle.

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