Safety scores for the 2016 Dodge Charger are still trickling in, but the early results have been more than promising. The car earned four “good” ratings (the highest possible score) on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s tests, and we know it got a five-star rollover rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
You can certainly trust these two organizations, but why don’t you explore the Charger yourself. Continue reading below to learn why the 2016 Dodge Charger may be the safest full-size sedan…
The engineers designed the new Charger with the idea that the vehicle’s body would help protect all of the occupants. To achieve this, they instituted several design strategies when producing the frame. The vehicle is composed of high-strength steel, and the roof was also reinforced to help protect occupants. Furthermore, the side guard door beams help add “greater toughness,” as these reinforcements will help deliver “dynamic” protection in the case of a side-impact accident.
Of course, the interior also includes advanced multistage airbags up front, including side pelvic thorax airbags. Full-length side-curtain airbags were also added in addition to the driver side knee blocker. The new active front head restraints should help reduce the chance that the front passengers’ heads collide during an accident.
To top it all off, engineers also added front and rear crumple zones, areas that will help absorb the impact from a collision. As these specially designed features help consume the energy, the passengers risk of energy is reduced.
There are several technological features that help keep the Dodge Charger zooming right along. The all-speed traction control assures that your wheels are spinning properly on wet surfaces, reducing the chance of a spinout. Meanwhile, the Electronic Stability Control will battle through any wind, keeping your vehicle on its intended path.
Meanwhile, the Hill Start Assist system is of particular importance if you’re consistently traveling in a mountainous area. The vehicle will apply slight brake pressure to prevent your vehicle from rolling backwards while traveling up a hill. Finally, the Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop) will maintain a safe speed, preventing the car from colliding with another vehicle.
There are several technological inclusions that should help prevent you from even coming close to colliding with another vehicle. For example, the Rear Cross Path Detection system uses sensors to determine whether any unseen vehicles may be approaching. The LaneSense Lane Departure Warning (with Lane Keep Assist) will alert the driver whenever the built-in sensors determine any swaying.
There’s also the innovative Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning (with Active Braking technology), which will help detect an imminent collision. After alerting the driver via audible and visual cues, the vehicle will automatically apply the brakes, preventing an accident.
To put it over the top, engineers also included the ParkSense Rear Park Assist System with Stop and Release capabilities. When the vehicle is reversing, the attached sensors will help determine if the car is getting too close to another vehicle. Meanwhile, the Automatic High-Beam Control Headlamps will keep your lights glowing brightly… until another driver zooms by. In that situation, the system will automatically lower the lights’ intensity.
As you’ve read, there are several reasons why the 2016 Dodge Charger can be regarded as one of the safest full-size sedans. The vehicle was designed to help absorb energy from an impact, the mechanics and handling have been improved, and the car also includes a number of preventative safety features. Can you truly ask for anything more?