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2017 Dodge Challenger

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2016 Dodge Challenger shown
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Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
  • Driver-side
    M
  • Passenger-side
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    A

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2017
M
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
A
2016
M
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
A
2015
M
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
Basic

Applies to 2015-17 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
P
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
P
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Dodge Challenger was re-introduced in the 2009 model year after last being offered as a Mitsubishi-built sporty car in the 1983 model year. (The iconic Challenger performance car was offered during the 1970-74 model years.) Beginning with 2015 models, the car's body structure, door trim, and instrument panel were modified and the side curtain airbags were lengthened to improve occupant protection in both frontal and side crashes.

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 42 cm at the footrest and 32 cm at the left portion of the toepan. Upper interior intrusion measured 17-18 cm at the instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 8 cm toward the driver dummy. The dummy's left foot was trapped in the buckled toepan, and the foot had to be separated from the leg to free both dummy parts.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity and injuries to the right lower leg would be possible. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but nearly slid off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-door
Weight 4,162 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted airbags
Wheelbase 116 in.
Length 198 in.
Width 76 in.
Engine 5.7 L V8
EPA ratings 16 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1613
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 24
Footrest (cm) 42
Left toepan (cm) 32
Brake pedal (cm) 25
Parking brake (cm) 29
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 8
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 14
Upper dash (cm) 17
Lower instrument panel (cm) 18

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1613
Head
HIC-15 70
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Femur (kN)
Left 2.8
Right 0.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 5
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 1.46
Right 1.01
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 4.8
Right 2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 122
Right 88

Applies to 2015-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Dodge Challenger was re-introduced in the 2009 model year after last being offered as a Mitsubishi-built sporty car in the 1983 model year. (The iconic Challenger performance car was offered during the 1970-74 model years.) Beginning with 2015 models, the car's body structure, door trim, and instrument panel were modified and the side curtain airbags were lengthened to improve occupant protection in both frontal and side crashes.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side torso airbags deployed during the crash. As the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag and during rebound, its head also contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-door
Weight 4,146 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted airbags
Wheelbase 116 in.
Length 198 in.
Width 76 in.
Engine 5.7 L V8
EPA ratings 16 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1607
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 2
Left (cm) 3
Center (cm) 3
Right (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -2
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1607
Head
HIC-15 116
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.1
Femur force - right (kN) 0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.30
Maximum tibia index - right 0.81
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 53
Right 81

Applies to 2015-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
A
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Dodge Challenger was re-introduced in the 2009 model year after last being offered as a Mitsubishi-built sporty car in the 1983 model year. (The iconic Challenger performance car was offered during the 1970-74 model years.) Beginning with 2015 models, the car's body structure, door trim, and instrument panel were modified and the side curtain airbags were lengthened to improve occupant protection in both frontal and side crashes.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that a fracture of the femur would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-door
Weight 4,158 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted airbags
Wheelbase 116 in.
Length 198 in.
Width 76 in.
Engine 5.7 L V8
EPA ratings 16 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1609
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-19.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1609
Head HIC-15 314
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 46
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34
Average deflection (mm) 32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.58
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.45
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.3
Combined force (kN) 3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.9
L-M moment (Nm) 267
A-P moment (Nm) 29

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1609
Head HIC-15 181
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 15
Lateral force (kN) 0.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 25
Average deflection (mm) 17
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 1.70
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.20
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.1
Combined force (kN) 0.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 117
A-P moment (Nm) -37

Applies to 2015-17 models

Overall evaluation
A
Curb weight 4,149 lbs
Peak force 15,240 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.67
Tested vehicle
2016 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2015-17 models

Overall evaluation
A
Dynamic rating
A
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power cloth seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 61
Distance below top of head (mm) 28
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.2
Head contact time (ms) 71
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 83
Max neck tension (N) 456

Applies to 2015-17 models

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Warning

Package name

  • Optional Technology Group

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2016-17 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim R/T
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 3 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 32
Clearance angle (degrees) 65
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 37
Clearance angle (degrees) 58
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 40
Clearance angle (degrees) 70
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 32
Clearance angle (degrees) 53
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 35
Clearance angle (degrees) 72
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 38
Clearance angle (degrees) 68
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Programmable daytime running lights

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