The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded five-star safety ratings to the 2012 Chrysler 300 and 2012 Dodge Charger sedans. Both models were previously rated Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The two American sedans received five-star ratings in front and side crashes, and four stars for roll-over safety. The combined scores resulted in five stars, NHTSA's highest safety rating, for the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300. However, the ratings do not apply to the high-performance SRT8 versions of either car.
Optional active safety technology on the 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 includes all-wheel drive, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, a blind-spot warning system, and rear cross-path detection.
The Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 are mechanical twins, and come with a 292-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic as standard. The optional 5.7-liter V-8 produces 363 hp in the 300 and 370 hp in the Charger and is paired to a six-speed auto.