2012 Fiat 500 earns IIHS "Top Safety Pick" rating

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The itty-bitty 2012 Fiat 500 is proof yet again that size doesn't matter (Hey, that must be what it tells J-Lo!), as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2012 500 its "Top Safety Pick" award. The little Italian showed "good performance in front, side, rollover, and rear impact evaluations, and for having electronic stability control as standard equipment."

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However, the award only applies to 500s built after July 2011 because the driver's seat structure was modified to improve occupant protection in both frontal and rear-end crashes. Good safety tip. Only buy the new ones, not the old ones. Got it.

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The 500, along with the Ford Fiesta, are the only minicars to earn the "Top Safety Pick" designation.

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What crash tests like this blatantly ignore, however, is the chances of having a crash with an identical vehicle, or the edge of a solid wall, are rather small.

For Texas, figure the other vehicle is a four-door, long bed, one-ton dually pickup, which likely has at least a 4" lift on it.