2015 Dodge Challenger Gets 5-Star NHTSA Rank, Just Like a Camry

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Back in the days of the original Dodge Challenger you only had a lap seatbelt to keep you from being catapulted out through the window, just like most of the other deathtraps on wheels in the 60s. Fast forward to 2014 and the model is now topping National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s (NHTSA) crash test rankings.
Yep, according to the recent crash test reports from NHTSA, the modern incarnation of the Challenger is as safe as a Toyota Camry, with an overall rating of five stars. Nonetheless, if we go into the details, we'll notice the two aren't five-star cars in all the aspects - they even have the same 4-star rankings for frontal crash and rollover tests.

“The new Dodge Challenger coupe further demonstrates our commitment to broaden the proliferation of advanced safety technologies, such as driver-assist features,” says Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President-Vehicle Safety and Regulatory, FCA-North America.

We should also note that the 2015 Dodge Challenger is the only car in its segment to offer Forward Collision Warning (FCW), featuring forward-facing sensors that detect potential collisions and sounds the alarm for the driver to act.

New bits for 2015

And that’s just a part of the over 70 available safety and security features on the modern musclecar, including Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Path Detection. The car simply affords premium safety in an attractive package that starts at $26,995.

The 2015 model-year builds up on the last variant coming with a new 1971-inspired exterior and interior design features, a huge collection of personalization options, the segment’s first TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, standard infotainment system with touchscreen, a new 7-inch TFT gauge cluster, new electronic shifter as well as keyless entry with push-button start.

Is all this technology diluting the musclecar idea? Customers have no problem to drive a posh technologic modern icon apparently. Only last month, the Challenger recorded its best-ever November, with sales of over 4,000 units, representing double the amount sold in the same month of last year.

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