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 |  Feb 13 2012, 8:31 PM

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The 2012 Chrysler 300 and its mechanical twin, the Dodge Charger are both recognized as Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after also earning a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA.

The American full-size sedans each received full marks in front and side crash tests and earned a commendable four-stars in rollover. However, the combined five-star overall rating for the two models exclude the high performance SRT8 versions.

Offering more than crash safety, the mechanically identical 300 and Charger both offer active safety equipment as well, including all-wheel drive, auto high beams, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, blind-spot sensor, and rear cross-path detection.

The IIHS bases their ratings for both vehicles on their performance in front- and side-impact crashes as well as a rollover test.

GALLERY: 2012 Chrysler 300c

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GALLERY: 2012 Dodge Charger Blacktop

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