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Like its cousin, the Chrysler 300, the Charger is a big, comfortable cruiser with an array of sophisticated technology on tap. It delivers a comfortable ride, and the quiet cabin is well-equipped, making the Charger a bargain luxury sedan. The 3.6-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic work well, and the 370-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 packs more punch at the expense of fuel economy. The power-mad can have a 485-hp 6.4-liter or the Hellcat's 707-hp supercharged V8. All-wheel drive is optional on mainstream versions. Automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist are available. The well-designed UConnect touch-screen infotainment system is optional. Reliability has remained well below average.

Road Test

Want an old-school large American sedan, brash and bold, packing V8 muscle and a soundtrack that punctuates its lack of political correctness? That's the Dodge Charger. Just don't tell anyone that it's also refined, comfortable, and luxurious. After...

Highs

  • Satisfying old-school, rear-drive American sedan, yet with modern manners
  • Hemi V8 sounds great and pulls hard

Lows

  • Short windows and thick pillars hurt visibility
  • You expect easier access in a large sedan, which isn't helped by the old-school flap-style exterior door handles

Best Version to Get

We wouldn't talk anyone out of the higher-performance versions of the Charger. (Just exercise caution if you get the crazy-powered Hellcat. That said, the best balance of sporty looks and road-going comfort is the R/T. While an SXT with the V6 is a nice car, it lacks the satisfying...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 3 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (292 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (370 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 supercharged (707 hp)
  • 6.4-liter V8 (485 hp)

Ratings

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