November 23, 2016
No matter how stylish or practical your muscle car, SUV or minivan may be, none of that matters quite as much as its ability to keep its cargo safe. Luckily, the 2017 Dodge Challenger and Charger, Chrysler Pacifica and 200, as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4 do just that. In the latest round of rigorous testing performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the newest model year of each of those vehicles all received five stars out of five for safety and crashworthiness.
Style Without Sacrificing Safety
To help keep its cars safe, FCA US engineers conducted more than 8,500 simulated crashes and more than 80 full-vehicle impacts, specifically on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. These tests led to the development of a body structure than integrates 12 different steel grades.
High-strength steel accounts for 72 percent of the materials on the vehicle, of which 38 percent is Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS). According to the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), AHSS is a higher-strength steel used in parts such as beams, sills, cross-members and other energy-absorbing components; it is up to 300 percent stronger than mild steel.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4 offers sensor-fusion technology, which leverages the combined benefits of cameras and radar. Once reserved for luxury-segment vehicles, FCA US makes it available across six vehicle segments – from small SUV to minivan.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) on the 2017 Chrysler 200 and 2017 Dodge Challenger is among more than 70 available safety and security features. Others include Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, providing an abundance of visual and audio safety assets.
Last but not least, on the 2017 Dodge Charger features including Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, which uses camera technology to help keep the driver aware of their vehicle position on the road, also contributed to a stellar rating.
A History of Perfect Scores
This isn’t the first time vehicles from Dodge brand have scored perfect safety ratings from NHTSA. 2017 serves as the fifth time the Dodge Challenger has been accorded an overall score of five stars, and the 10th time for the Dodge Charger – every year NHTSA included the car in its annual ratings.