The new 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, revealed late last year and already on sale, both received new looks and a host of updates. Among the improvements are better safety devices and structures, enabling both cars to make the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick list for the first time.
Both cars, which are built on the same core underpinnings, scored top ratings of "good" in all four categories of testing, including front, side, rear, and rollover crashes. Standard electronic stability control is also required for a Top Safety Pick rating.
Additional passive safety features that helped the cars score well include full-length side curtain airbags, seat-mounted side thorax air bags, a driver's knee air bag, and reactive front-seat head restraints. Active safety features standard across the line include "Rain Brake Support" for wet-weather stopping ability, "Ready Alert Braking" for emergency stop assistance, and hill-start assist.