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2011 Dodge Charger - Click above for high-res image gallery

It's no secret that the 2011 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 are more attractive and are substantially more refined than the models they replace. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the new LX-platform twins are also incredibly safe, too - earning the company's prestigious Top Safety Pick designation for the first time ever.

To note, the last-generation Charger and 300 earned the second-lowest rating available in side impact protection, even when equipped with side-curtain airbags. Yikes. On the other hand, the 2011 Charger withstood a force equal to 5.37 times the car's weight during the roof strength test (for rollover protection). The current federal standard for this test is 1.5 times the car's weight.

Chrysler has now earned seven Top Safety Pick ratings for its latest crop of 2011 vehicles. To read the press release about the Charger and 300's earnings, follow the jump.

Gallery: 2011 Dodge Charger: First Drive

Gallery photos copyright (C)2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]Continue reading 2011 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 earn Top Safety Pick awards

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