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2015 Chrysler 200 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick +

The 2015 Chrysler 200 midsize sedan is the first-ever Chrysler Group model to receive the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest Top Safety Pick + rating. While the previous-generation Chrysler 200 was already a standard Top Safety Pick winner, the new car's optional forward collision warning system makes it eligible for the TSP+ rating.

The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 also improved on its predecessor's crash test performance. In the challenging small overlap front crash test, the new car was rated "Good" compared with the old car's "Acceptable" rating. The 2015 Chrysler 200 also rated "Good" in the other four IIHS crash tests, and received a Superior rating for its optional front crash prevention system.

This crash prevention system is an option on the 200C trim level of the 2015 Chrysler 200 as part of the $1295 SafetyTec package. This package also includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, and lane departure warning, and comes bundled with the 200C's Navigation and Premium Lighting packages as well. That means that the cheapest 2015 Chrysler 200 with the forward collision warning system rings up at $30,475 with destination.

Other midsize sedans receiving the TSP+ rating include the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2014 Ford Fusion, the 2014 Honda Accord, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, the 2014 Mazda 6, and the 2014 Subaru Legacy.

Next year, the IIHS will revise its criteria for the Top Safety Pick + award, meaning that vehicles will be retested according to new standards. Most of the changes center around tests of forward collision warning systems, as vehicles must earn an "Advanced" rating in this test to win the TSP+ award. Preivously, this rating only required a rating of "Basic," so we would expect the Chrysler 200 to win this award next year given its "Superior" rating for front crash prevention.

Check out the video below to see how the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan does in the IIHS' small overlap front crash test.

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