2018 Dodge Charger R/T

Pros: Brash muscle-car styling and attitude; lots of unique trim options; value for the dollar; sporty handling for the class; ludicrous performance of SRT Hellcat model

Cons: V8 fuel economy; acceleration with V6 might not satisfy some buyers attracted by Charger’s muscular looks

CG Says: The Dodge Charger has a reshuffled model lineup for 2018. The base model is now SXT and all-wheel-drive models are badged GT and GT Plus. All models now have standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Charger is a large, rear-wheel drive sedan with seating for five. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 292 or 300 horsepower. Three V8s are available: a 370-hp 5.7-liter, a 485-hp 6.4liter, and supercharged 6.2-liter in the SRT Hellcat. All engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic. All-wheel is only available with the V6. Vast passenger room, available all-wheel drive, and solid construction make the Dodge Charger a reasonable choice for buyers who need the room of a large car but don’t want to give up power or performance in the process. Safety features include blind-spot alert, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. The standard V6 engine and smooth 8-speed automatic transmission are a fine team that we think will satisfy the majority of buyers both in terms of acceleration and, surprisingly, fuel economy. Those with the need for speed will find the R/T and SRT models with 5.7-liter or 6.4-liter V8s quite invigorating, though they have a copious thirst for fuel. For high-performance fanatics, Dodge also offers the outrageous SRT Hellcat, a supercar version of the Charger boasting 707 horsepower from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8. Hellcats have an even greater thirst.

The Facts
Class Large Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Dodge
Nation of Manufacture Canada
Base Prices SXT: $29,590
SXT Plus: $31,590
AWD GT: $33,590
SXT Plus Leather: $34,590
R/T: $36,090
AWD GT Plus: $36,590
Daytona: $40,090
R/T Scat Pack: $41,090
Daytona 392: $46,090
SRT 392: $52,240
SRT Hellcat: $60,090

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6 (SXT, SXT Plus, SXT Plus Leather, GT, GT Plus)
Horsepower
292 (SXT) 300 (GT)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-30

Optional Engine
5.7-liter V8 (R/T, Daytona)
Horsepower
370
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

Optional Engine
6.4-liter V8 (R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, SRT 392)
Horsepower
485
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

Optional Engine
supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (SRT Hellcat)
Horsepower
707
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
13
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22

2015 Dodge Charger SXT AWD
2018 Dodge Charger SXT
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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