Dodge Charger R/T
Dodge Charger R/T
Dodge Charger R/T

2021 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 models

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

CG Says: The 2021 Dodge Charger adds a new SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody model that packs a 797-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8. Dodge claims the Hellcat Redeye is the world’s fastest mass-produced sedan with a 203 mph top speed and that it can accelerate through the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds at 129 mph. The existing SRT Hellcat Widebody sees horsepower increase from 707 to 717. 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 Hellcats. All engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic. All-wheel is only available with the V6. Widebody models includes Bilstein 3-mode electronically damped suspension and fender flares to accommodate wider tires. 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. Standard performance items for the Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat models include Launch Assist and Line Lock. Launch Assist uses wheel-speed sensors and modulates engine torque for optimal traction in high-speed launches, and Line Lock engages the front brakes but keeps the rear wheels free for “burnouts” at a drag strip. 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 Scat Pack 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 Widebody and SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody with supercharged 6.2-liter V8s with up to almost 800 horsepower. 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: $31,490
AWD SXT: $35,090
GT: $33,490
AWD GT: $36,490
R/T: $38,490
Scat Pack:  $42,590
Scat Pack Widebody: $48,090
SRT Hellcat Widebody: $71,490
SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody: $80,090

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6 (SXT, GT)
Horsepower
292 (RWD SXT) 300 (AWD SXT, 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 V-8 (R/T)
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 (Scat Pack)
Horsepower
485
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

Optional Engine
supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (SRT Hellcat, SRT Hellcat Redeye)
Horsepower
717 (797 in SRT Hellcat Redeye)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
12
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21

Dodge Charger SXT
2021 Dodge Charger SXT
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat RedeyeSRT Hellcat Redeye
2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
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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