With safety on the mind of most drivers when looking to purchase a car, Chrysler Corp. noted that its Dodge Avenger, Dodge Journey, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Patriot and Chrysler 200 have been named “Top Safety Picks for 2011” by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Each year, IIHS rates vehicles and awards the ones that are the best at protecting drivers and passengers. Evaluations are performed for front, side, rear and rollover crashes.
To be in the running for the award, vehicles need to have an electronic stability control system to reduce crash risks. The five chosen Chrysler vehicles have electronic stability control come standard in the 2011 models.
The 2011 Chrysler 200 and Jeep Grand Cherokee are both new to the list of Top Safety Picks. When choosing the Jeep Grand Cherokee, IIHS reviewers added that the torso airbags increased side crash protection, which is only one of a broad list of safety features offered by the vehicle. The 200 is Chrysler’s newest midsize sedan.
This is the third year in a row that Dodge Avenger and Journey have shown up on the list of Top Safety Picks. It is the second year straight the Jeep Patriot was chosen as a Top Pick.