2018 Dodge Charger

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in Fullsize sedans
2018 MODEL
$28,495 - $32,495 See Inventory Prices

7.8

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Full-Size Sedans in the past had long hood, big V8s, rear-wheel drive, huge space to spread out and dished out loads of style. Modern Full-Size Sedans also offer plenty of comfort and great interiors but they lack charisma with their boring looks, front wheel drive, and I4 engines. The 2018 Dodge Challenger breaks that monotony.In age of standardization, plenty of available body stripes and color lend it a pleasant old-school charm. With standard V6, it's a smooth intercity express. With HEMI V8s, it becomes a howling, tire-smoking muscle car.


7.9/10
Features

 

8.6/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.4/10
Interior

 

8.6/10
Exterior

 

7.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

The Charger Daytona draws inspiration from its legendary predecessor – 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. Oh! We forgot the 707 hp hellcat – fastest production sedan in the world. All those power is sent to rear wheels – just like old days (two GT trims get AWD). Impressively, apart from being quick, the V6 delivers excellent fuel economy and even V8s are relatively efficient. Infotainment is handled by the Chrysler group's acclaimed and intuitive U-connect system. The Charger rides well too and its fun to drive around corners as well.

2018 Dodge Charger Features

7.9/10

There are 11 trims and three engines on offer. The two GT trims get AWD as well. While base Charger SXT with V6 starts at $28,495, the V8 makes an entry from R/T onwards ($34,995). There are two Charger SRTs – the 392 HEMI equipped SRT 392 ($51,145) and the supercar rivaling 707 hp SRT Hellcat ($67,995).

Trims SXT SXT Plus GT SXT-Plus Leather GT-Plus
MSRP $28,495 $30,495 $32,495 $33,495 $35,495
Engine 3.6L V6 24Valve VVT Engine 3.6L V6 24Valve VVT Engine 3.6L V6 24Valve VVT Engine 3.6L V6 24Valve VVT Engine 3.6L V6 24Valve VVT Engine
Key Features
  • ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera and ParkSense Rear Park Assist System
  • Uconnect 4 with a 7-Inch Touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Keyless Enter and Go with Remote Vehicle Start

Adds to or replaces SXT features:

  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Six Premium Alpine Speakers
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control

 

  • 300-HP 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine
  • Advanced All-Wheel Drive with Front Axle Disconnect
  • Uconnect 4 with a 7-Inch Touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto

Adds to or replaces SXT Plus features:

  • 20-Inch Satin Carbon Wheels
  • High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps
  • Heated and Ventilated Leather Sports Seats
  • Heated Leather Steering Wheel
  • Memory Seats and Mirrors

Adds to or replaces GT features:

  • Heated and Ventilated Nappa Leather-Trimmed Seats
  • Performance Steering Wheel with Paddle Shifters
  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps with LED Accent Lights
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection

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Although the V6 engine accelerates this full-size car with gusto, the HEMI V8s gives this car a proper muscle car character. The HEMI V8 equipped R/T comes with plenty of basic convenience features as well. Our ideal R/T will also be equipped with the Super Track Pack ($1,205) for those massive hood scoops.

2018 Dodge Charger Engine

8.6/10

“The 5.7-liter Hemi-powered R/T now has the same great-sounding dual-mode exhaust as the Scat Pack and 392 models” – Car and Driver

If you want your charger to be an intercity liner, the base 3.6L Pentastar V6 will impress. It’s smooth, fast and efficient. However, if you want your charger to be the spiritual successor to the legendary 1970 Dodge Charger, by all means, go HEMI. Those iron block V8s produce enough torque to dig the asphalt. Also, the challenger handles well for its size and it can cushion imperfect roads.

Powertrain

As mentioned, there is no dearth of engine options. The base naturally aspirated 3.6L Pentastar V6 develops 292 Hp in most trims. In GT trims, they develop 300 hp and although it’s fast, it's more efficient than V6 engines of rivals too.

Models Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima Chevrolet Impala Ford Taurus
MSRP $28,495 $33,270 $27,770 $27,595
Engine 3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT engine 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine ECOTEC 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine
Transmission 8-speed automatic CVT automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Power 292 hp @ 6350 rpm 300 hp @ 6,400 rpm 197 hp @ 6300 rpm 288 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm 261 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm 191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 254 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

The V6 may be adept for its role but the HEMI V8s really gives this old school block of metal its charm. The range starter is the 5.7L pushrod 16-Valve Iron Block HEMI V8 – yeah, just like the old days. It belts out 370 hp and 395 pounds-feet of torque and if you are wondering, yes it laughs at the noise regulation screaming every time you give it some gas.

However, if you want even more noise and tire smoke, the iconic 392 HEMI is available in R/T Scat Pack and above. This naturally aspirated iron block pushrod V8 develops 485 hp and 475 lb-ft. Now, behold the 707 hp Supercharged Intercooled 6.2L HEMI SRT Hellcat V8. Not surprisingly, the Charger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful sedan in the world.

Acceleration

As we said, the V6 is pretty quick – it can do 0-60 in 6.4 seconds. That’s faster than Impala but slower than the Nissan Maxima. The 5.7L HEMI accelerates the charger from 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds flat. It gets faster still. The 392 HEMI Charger can do 0-60 in 4.5 seconds while the Charger SRT Hellcat can charge to 60 mph from rest in breath sucking 3.4 seconds flat.

Models Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima Chevrolet Impala Ford Taurus
0-60 MPH 6.4 sec 5.8 sec 8.7 sec 7.0 sec
Quarter mile 14.8 sec @ 94.9 mph 14.3 sec @ 97.7 mph 16.8 sec @ 85.0 mph 15.4 sec @ 93 mph
Engine 3.6L 3.5L 2.5L 3.5L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 7.6 7.0 7.1 8.4

Ride and Handling

The Charger handles with composure through corners and its high-speed stability is similar to some German luxury saloons. The performance focused Daytonas and SRT can actually entertain you on a racetrack despite their porky weight.

Braking

The Charger gets 12.6 brake rotors on all four wheels. With this, the charger can stop from 60 in 110 feet – impressive considering its heft. The lighter Maxima takes 125 feet to stop. In Hellcat, large 6-piston Brembo brakes are plonked in to keep all its supercharged ferocity in check.

Model Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima Chevrolet Impala Ford Taurus
Brake Front (in) 12.6 12.6 12.6 13.9
Brake Rear (in) 12.6 12.1 12.4 13.6
Curb weight(lbs.) 3934 3478 3730 3917
60-0 MPH (ft.) 110 125 118 125

2018 Dodge Charger Fuel Economy

7.1/10

‘’For the most efficient Dodge Charger, choose the V-6, and don’t even think about the Hellcat.” - Car connection

When compared to the 4 cylinder Impala, the 23 combined rating of Charger is unimpressive. However, the Charger is more efficient than Impalas similarly powered V6 engine. However, the equally faster Maxima is more efficient owing to its lightweight modernity.

Model Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima Chevrolet Impala Ford Taurus
MPG city 19 21 22 18
MPG highway 30 30 30 27
MPG combined 23 25 25 21

The HEMI V8s won’t win any fuel efficiency contests – sure. However, with all the old-school references, the HEMI V8s are surprisingly efficient. The 5.7L HEMI delivers 16 mpg in city and 25 on the highway for 20 mpg combined while the 392 HEMI is slightly thirstier returning 19 mpg combined. Then comes the bonkers SRT hellcat delivering 13 mpg in city and 16 mpg on the highway.

2018 Dodge Charger Interior

6.4/10

“There are more spacious, sensible and user-friendly sedans, but the performance-focused Charger still puts up a good showing. It's roomy, and the infotainment system is easy to use. Poor outward visibility and lackluster quality are the Charger's main drawbacks.” - Edmunds

The Charger is a full-size sedan and the interior roominess backs up that tag. Both rows offer plenty of space for all the occupants to stretch out and the trunk can easily swallow all your luggage. However, the interior does not feel or look as upscale as the rivals like the Maxima. That said, the U-connect is among the most intuitive infotainment around and the optional Performance Pages are plain wow.

Seating and Comfort

While charger can do sideways and burn rubber all day long with a panache, it can also accommodate five well-fed Americans in comfort with its roomy interiors. While the Maxima has a better quality interior, the Charger rear seats are more spacious. The optional sports seat offer good lateral support for spirited driving and still provide comfort for relaxed cruising.

Model Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima Chevrolet Impala Ford Taurus
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume(ft. cube) 104.7 98.6 105 102.2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.6/59.5/41.8 39.4/56.7/45 39.9/57.9/45.8 39/57.9/41.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 36.6/57.9/40.1 36.7/55.7/34.2 37.4/56.9/39.8 37.8/56.9/38.1

Infotainment System

The U-Connect is one of the best infotainment systems in the automotive industry. It's intuitive, crisp and responsive. And while these impress, the even bigger highlight is the performance pages available with a package from SXT Plus onwards. It allows you to peek into various performance parameters that are normally hidden from you like Intake Air Temperature and Engine Oil Pressure.

Audiophiles also have a lot to choose – a 6-speaker Premium Alpine Speaker is standard on SXT plus and above but you can also have beats Premium Audio system with 10 speakers and 552-watt amplifier for $995. The Daytona gets an even more impressive 19-Speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audio system as a $1,995 optional extra.

Interior Features

Let's have a look at what this car has top ofer us inside it:

  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Overhead Console With Storage
  • Front Seatback Storage
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Climate Control
  • Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Cargo Floor Mats
  • Leather And Simulated Alloy Steering Wheel
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Front Door Pockets
  • Interior Air Filtration

Cargo Capacity

The Charger has a cavernous 16.1 cubic feet of trunk capacity. The folding rear seats also ensure that you can carry longer items too. For comparison, the Maxima gets smaller 14.3 cubic feet of boot space but the Impala offers a larger 18.8 cubic feet of luggage capacity.

Model Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima Chevrolet Impala Ford Taurus
Volume (ft. cube) 16.1 14.3 18.8 20.1

2018 Dodge Charger Exterior

8.6/10

“With a hippy body right out of the ‘60s—and without the whiff of patchouli—the 2018 Dodge Charger dons a shape that could only come from an American fever dream. It’s all Coke bottle and big wheels and unsubtle sensuality, and that’s why we love it still.” – Carconnection

Dimension and Weight

Among the rounded and safely styled competitors, the Charger boasts a long muscular hood, the “Coke Bottle” lines, and two-piece trunk spoilers. While even the standard charger displays plenty of aggression, the super track pack adds dark grille, huge functional hood scoops and side sills lending it an intimidating presence.

Model Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima Chevrolet Impala Ford Taurus
Curb Weight(lbs.) 3934 3478 3730 3917
Length(in) 198.4 192.8 201.3 202.9
Width(in) 75 73.2 73.0 76.2
Height(in) 58.2 56.5 58.9 60.7
Ground clearance(in) 4.9 5.3 7.1 5.1
Wheelbase(in) 120.2 109.3 111.7 112.9
Track width(in) F/R 63.4/63.8 62.4/62.4 62.2/62.0 65.3/65.5

The Charger is the heaviest car among the cars compared here at 3934 pounds. That’s almost 200 pounds more than the larger Chevrolet Impala. When equipped with those Iron block V8s, the Charger weighs over 4000 pounds. Although it’s smaller in length than the Impala and Taurus, it has a considerably longer wheelbase of 120.2 inches.

Exterior Features

This car has the following exterior features:

  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Black Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Black Grille
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • LED Brakelights
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Laminated Glass

2018 Dodge Charger Safety

7.8/10

The Charger has scored well in NHTSA crash test rating. However, it does not get Top Safety Pick rating from IIHS. While the standard Charger comes with the standard rearview view camera (a legal requirement from 2018 model year onwards) and rear parking sensors, advanced active safety systems like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning are also available.

  • 2018 Dodge Charger Safety Features
  • All Speed Traction Control
  • Electronic Roll Mitigation
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for driver)
  • Front seat belts-tensionersioners and load limiters
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Vehicle Security System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Energy-absorbing steering column

2018 Dodge Charger NHTSA Safety Rating:

Overall Rating 5 star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 5 star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 5 star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 5 star
Overall Side Crash Rating 4 star
Side Barrier Rating 5 star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 5 star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 5 star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 5 star
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat 5 star
Rollover Rating 5 star

2018 Dodge Charger does not get “Top Safety Pick” rating from IIHS

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Marginal
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Crash Prevention and Migration
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Poor
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Marginal

2018 Dodge Charger Competition

2018 Dodge Charger vs. Nissan Maxima

Like the Charger, the Nissan Maxima is also a sports sedan. However, while the Charger has an old school muscle car attitude, the Maxima is a modern lithe performer with a smooth V6 and CVT transmission. The Maxima’s interior looks and feels a class above that of the Charger and it's more efficient as well. However, the Charger is more spacious and has a lot more attitude.

2018 Dodge Charger vs. Chevy Impala

The Chevy Impala is as iconic as the Charger and now it’s practical as well. It has a huge cabin even for a full-size sedan complemented by a large trunk. Its interior feels better than the Chargers and it gets more standard equipment than charger as well. And although the Impala’s base I4 is slower than Chargers V6, it’s far more efficient. However, you know which one packs more panache right?

2018 Dodge Charger vs. Ford Taurus

The Ford Taurus is the least expensive full-size sedan but that’s about it. Its glory days are gone and now it's positively outdated. While it has a comfortable ride and a really cavernous trunk, the Charger is agiler, has better engine options and far better personality.

2018 Dodge Charger Final Verdict

if you are shopping for a sensible and practical full-size sedan, there is no dearth of options. However, if you desire a V8 engine rear wheel drive 4-door muscle car that’s as American as the Apple Pie, there is no alternative other than the Dodge Charger.

A long fat bonnet, “coke bottle” lines and a range of HEMI V8 screaming through the straight exhaust is right out of the good old days. Even the color options like Maximum Steel and Yellow Jacket remind you of American superhero series and they are augmented with plenty of go-faster stripes.

What’s even more impressive is that the nostalgia is not the only reason to buy a charger – it's roomy and comfortable, has best in industry infotainment system, rides and handles nicely, delivers decent fuel economy, and now there is an All-Wheel Drive option as well. The Dodge Charger may be the last remaining American 4-door muscle car, but it’s here to stay with its wide breadth of capability.

Pros

Classic 4-Door Muscle Car Looks

Muscle car performance

Plenty of body stripes and flamboyant colors like go mango

Excellent U-Connect infotainment with Dodge Performance Pages

Cons

Interior is not as polished as rivals

Unrefined against more sedate competitors

Inefficient against more sedate competitors

What's New?

New GT trim with 3.6 Pentastar V6 and All-Wheel Drive

Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Standard Rear-View Camera and Rear Parking Sensor

SE trim has been nixed


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28495

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

145 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

220 cu. in.

horsepower

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.4 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

120.2 in.

length

198.4 in.

width

75 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

4020 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

12.2 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

5.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

171 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/23/30 mpg

highway range

555 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Dodge Charger in Torred Clearcoat color  2018 Dodge Charger in White Knuckle Clearcoat color  2018 Dodge Charger in Yellow Jacket Clearcoat color  2018 Dodge Charger in Octane Red Pearlcoat color  2018 Dodge Charger in Granite Pearlcoat color  2018 Dodge Charger in Go Mango color  2018 Dodge Charger in Billet Clearcoat color
Torred Clearcoat

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Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

8.6

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

6.4

Exterior

8.6

Safety

7.8

Comfort

7.2

Driving

8.4

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Dodge Charger SXT

SXT

power
292 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$28,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $28,495 MSRP (19/23/30) 292 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5   Billet Clearcoat
  Go Mango
  Granite Pearlcoat
  Octane Red Pearlcoat
  Yellow Jacket Clearcoat
  White Knuckle Clearcoat
  Torred Clearcoat

 2018 Dodge Charger SXT Plus

SXT Plus

power
292 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$30,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT Plus 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $30,495 MSRP (19/23/30) 292 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5   Billet Clearcoat
  Go Mango
  Granite Pearlcoat
  Octane Red Pearlcoat
  Yellow Jacket Clearcoat
  White Knuckle Clearcoat
  Torred Clearcoat

 2018 Dodge Charger GT

GT

power
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$32,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $32,495 MSRP (18/21/27) 300 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Billet Clearcoat
  Go Mango
  Granite Pearlcoat
  Octane Red Pearlcoat
  Yellow Jacket Clearcoat
  White Knuckle Clearcoat
  Torred Clearcoat