Dodge is pretty damn proud of its all-new 2015 Challenger, and they should be because it's a great car. The interior refinements are a nice step forward, while every engine offered has plenty of pluses. Additionally, you know, HELLCAT... and all that. Still, there's something worth pointing out regarding the car and it has to do with its safety ratings, as judged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Let's get this out of the way first because it's important. The 2015 Challenger is a five-star-rated vehicle in terms of overall crash safety. It's one of the highest scoring vehicles in its segment. Now, that said, it has surprisingly fallen down a few notches when compared to the last version to hit the crash test facility.
The 2015 Challenger received four stars in the rollover and frontal impact testing. Previous model years had a five-star rating. Additionally, the 2015 Charger managed to snag five stars in the rollover test, which is due to the fact that the center of gravity is lower in the sedan compared to the coupe.
Our own Bengt Halvorsen speculates that the revised and refined interior could have some impact on the new scores. This makes sense considering the actual structure of the car is unchanged. Regardless, it's a very safe car but it's important to note the differences between the previous version and the latest example.