The 2012 Chrysler 300 and 2012 Dodge Charger sedans have both received five-star safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Both of these models were previously named Top Safety picks by the IIHS, but that doesn’t always mean a five-star rating from the NHTSA.
Both the 300 and Charger were awarded five stars in front and side crash tests, and four stars for roll-over safety. Through combination the models were awarded five-star overall ratings. The NHTSA says, however, that these ratings do not apply to the high-performance SRT8 models.
Some of the optional features on the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, that make the cars so safe, are all-wheel drive, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, blind-spot warning system, and rear cross-path detection.
Both the Charger and 300 feature 292 horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engines with rear wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission standard.