The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is the latest graduate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s extensive crash safety test program, and the stunning sedan not only passed with flying cars but it was also named one of the institute’s Top Safety Picks. It also scored a perfect five star-rating for Europe's NCAP crash safety tests.

The IIHS' test regime includes a total of four tests: moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. In each, the Ghibli recorded the highest-possible rating of "good". The Ghibli still needs to undergo the toughest test in the IIHS stable, the small overlap front, which will earn it a Top Safety Pick+ designation should the car earn “acceptable” or “good” results.

Key to the Ghibli’s crash worthiness is its rigid and secure steel safety cell, which employs an array of different steel and aluminum alloys. Hot-formed steel is used in critical areas while other areas feature aluminum to help save weight.

The crumple zone areas at the front and rear of the car are made of extruded aluminum, while the doors, engine compartment and luggage compartment are in aluminum. Maserati's engineers added a third load path to the front structure of the car to help dissipate load and distribute the forces on the car to help the stability of the body structure in frontal impacts.

Also aiding the results are seven standard airbags.

The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is on sale now and is priced from $65,600 for the base, 345-horsepower Ghibli. At the top end, the 404-horsepower Ghibli S equipped with Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system will set you back $75,700.


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