Both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive versions of the 2017 Dodge Charger have received a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the organization announced this week.
The four-door sedan was tested for its ability to withstand frontal and side impacts and rollovers and received a five-star safety rating in each test. The NHTSA also lauded the Charger for its available Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus system, which will trigger a sound warning and brake if a frontal impact appears imminent.
“This further validates the robustness of our safety engineering,” said Fiat Chrysler head of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance, Mike Dahl. “But crashworthiness is only half the story. We are immensely proud of the investment we’ve made in the driver-assist technologies that help enable crash mitigation.”
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to rate the 2017 model year Charger. It gave the 2016 Charger an overal rating of Moderate. It received a rating of ‘Moderate’ in the institute’s ‘Small Overlap Front’ test, a rating of ‘Moderate’ for its safety cage and a ‘Poor’ lower leg and foot safety rating. The IIHS rated its front collision mitigation system as ‘Superior’.