2016 Dodge Challenger

large car / 2-door coupe

2016 Dodge Challenger 2-door coupe

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Optional system
Basic

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-door
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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

The dummy's head contacted the frontal airbag but then nearly slid off the left side, allowing the head to move toward the gap in coverage between the frontal and side curtain airbags.

Intrusion was extensive. During the crash, the left front wheel was forced rearward and inward into the occupant compartment, and the severely buckled toepan trapped the dummy’s left foot. The dummy's leg had to be unbolted from the foot in order to free it (inset).

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-door
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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the moderate overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the side curtain airbag during forward movement and rebound.

Forces on the right lower leg were just high enough to indicate the possibility of injuries.

Side

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-door
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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with door removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,149 lbs
Peak force 15,240 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.67

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Seat type: Power cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Warning

Package name

  • Optional Technology Group

Applies to 2015-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • Autobrake not available.
Basic
Basic
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim R/T
Seat type cloth

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

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
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

How child seat anchors are evaluated