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SAFETY | 6 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "poor," side impact
Five stars, front impact; four stars, side driver impact; five stars, side rear passenger impact
Anti-lock disc brakes and stability control are standard on all Chargers except for the base SE, which has them as options. Side curtain airbags are made standard for 2010.
The Charger has a mix of good and bad crash-test ratings; it's rated "good" for frontal impact but only "moderate" for side impact from the IIHS, but in NHTSA crash tests, the 2010 Dodge Charger shines. According to TheCarConnection.com's research, in federal government tests, the 2010 Dodge Charger earns perfect five-star ratings in both of the front impact tests, as well as five stars for side rear passenger impacts.
In terms of safety equipment, the Dodge Charger does bring forward some worthwhile features as standard on the high-performance models. Cars.com finds that the "Charger SRT8 has standard antilock brakes and an electronic stability system (they're a $1,025 option for the base Charger). Side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags are grouped together as an option too." Reviewers on the whole like the stability system, as Autoblog claims that it "actually lets the rear end slide out just a bit around corners before gently nudging it back without ever jerking the chassis around," allowing for a little winter-time fun.
A main factor that detrimentally influences the Dodge Charger in the safety category is driver visibility. The reviews read by TheCarConnection.com point out that from the driver’s seat, there are various problem spots. Cars.com finds that "the position of the rearview mirror and the car's upright A-pillars impede visibility when you're driving on curvy roads." Autoblog states that "the relatively upright windshield means the leading edge of the roof extends forward quite a bit. If you are at an intersection where the stoplights hang over the center, you may need to lean forward to see them," whereas ConsumerGuide notes that the "thick front roof pillars obscure [the] view to front corners."
For its size and posture, the 2010 Dodge Charger does not have reassuring safety.