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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Top Safety Pick
Five stars overall; four stars, frontal; five stars, side
Every change contributed to improved outward visibility.
Visibility (or lack thereof) won’t be a deal breaker, but Chrysler hasn’t exactly turned it into a strength.
Safety-wise, the 300 includes all the usual electronic controls and airbags; Hill Start Assist, Rain Brake Support, and Ready Alert Braking are also included. And its crash-test ratings have been top-notch.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded top 'good' ratings in frontal, side, and rear impact, as well as in roof strength, and in previous model years it's earned Top Safety Pick status. It's also earned five stars overall from the federal government, including a five stars for side impact and four stars for frontal impact.
On higher trims, you can get a SafetyTec option package that includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, a forward-collision warning system, rear fog lamps, and power-folding exterior mirrors.
Thanks to the slimming of roof pillars and an increase in glass areas, there's better outward visibility--which should yield better safety when backing up or changing lanes.
The 2013 Chrysler 300 and 300C have a compelling set of features, and top-notch safety ratings.