2011 Dodge Charger

MSRP $25,395

Ranked #5 in Sedan

7.7

Overall Rating

2011 Dodge Charger Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Dodge Charger was made to add more practicality to the maddening Challenger, and it rightfully managed to do so. The Dodge Charger shows the essence of a great American muscle car while also being a luxury performance sedan at the same time. The 2011 Charger is available in 4 trims and 2 powertrain options, where the higher trims are available in an all-wheel-drive configuration.

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Pros

Excellent powertrain options

High-safety scores

Proper American Muscle car design

Standard interface and touchscreen

Cons

Not so fuel-efficient

Vague steering on AWD

Uncomfortable ride

What's New?

New Base V6 engine

Improved interior

Retuned suspension system

Electric-assist power steering and a new electronic interface

More standard features 

SRT8 trim dropped from the lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25395

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

114 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

5 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

short and long arm front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

120.2 in.

length

199.9 in.

width

75 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

3961 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

1001 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/22/27 mpg

highway range

515.7 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$25,395 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Dodge Charger in Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat color
Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The 2011 Dodge Charger competes directly with the likes of theChrysler 300 along with Ford's Taurus and Chevy’s Impala. This Dodge provides an overall better performance apart from the better ride and handling compared toChrysler,Chevy, andFord but lacks in terms of interior comfort and fuel efficiency. 


8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2011 Dodge Charger Features

8.0/10

The 2011 Dodge Charger is available in four major variants, a standard SE trim, Rallye trims, Mopar, and RT. Obviously, the SRT is also available but hasn’t got any new changes for this year, and we believe a new model is in the works. As standard, the Charger comes with a 3.6L V6 engine that comes mated to an automatic transmission. It is channeled as a rear-wheel-drive variant. All-wheel drive is available for the RT trim. The base trim, the SE, costs $25,395, while the RT costs $32,545. The Mopar trim is a deal-breaker at $30,395. The performance variants and special editions will be reviewed separately.

Trim

SE

Rallye

Rallye plus

MSRP

$25,395

$27,645

$29,345

 

Key Features

Rear Spoiler

Heated front seats

8.4-inch touch screen display

 

Cruise Control

Power driver seat

Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth

 

3.6L V-6

Bluetooth

SIRIUS Satellite radio

 

Leather seats

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

276-watt amplifier and six premium speakers

 

Navigation system

Illuminated vanity mirrors

Touring suspension 

 

Emergency trunk release

Keyless entry 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

We Recommend

We would recommend you get the Rallye Plus trim as it brings in better features to the interior, adding to the comfort and convenience. Some features like a dual-zone climate control system, Nappa leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, 18-inch wheels, etc are available as standard. It also gives you access to optional packages like the Driver Confidence package, Rallye Appearance package, power sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and Driver Convenience Group package. 

2011 Dodge Charger Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Unfortunately, the V8 engines are kept for the SRT and RT models, and we expect new engines for both in the upcoming years. This year’s trims get a V6 engine, and Dodge has updated the entire lineup with a Pentastar 3.6L V6 producing 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine performs exceptionally well, and Dodge manages to tickle your inner thrill even with the smaller V6. The car comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission along with a manual mode.

As standard, the Charger comes in RWD configuration. All-Wheel Drive is also available but only for the V8-equipped trims, and it makes the car feel bulkier due to the heavier steering wheel. For those who entertain more performance, the humongous HEMI V8 can make your every inner bone scream. The 5.7 Liter V8 can accelerate you to 60 mph in 5 seconds and produce 370 horsepower.

Models

2011 Dodge Charger

2011 Chrysler 300

2011 Ford Taurus

2011 Chevrolet Impala

MSRP

$25,395

$27,170

$25,420

$24,495

Engine 

3.6L Gas V6

3.6L Gas V6

3.5L Gas V6

3.5L Gas V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-Speed Automatic

5-Speed Automatic 

6-speed automatic 

4-Speed Automatic

Power 

292hp @ 6350 rpm

292hp @ 6350 rpm

263hp @ 6250 rpm

211hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque

260lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

260lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

249lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

216 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.2

6.1

7.1

8.7

Quarter mile (sec)

13.8

14.6

15.5

15.9

Top Speed (MPH)

143

151

146

136

In comparison, the 2011 Charger clearly nails all the parameters, even though having a similar powertrain and transmissions as the rivals. Also, Dodge’s fine-tuning and experience in this department results in faster and better performance from the Charger compared to both the Chrysler and the Ford. The Impala, on the other hand, is a poor performer in the segment, owing to less firepower from the engine.

2011 Dodge Charger Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The fuel efficiency of the 2011 Charger is a point of concern among the competition. It returns a mileage of 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. In combined conditions, the Charger manages a mediocre fuel efficiency of 21 mpg, which is average for a car in its segment. It features a big size fuel tank in the segment at 19.5 gallons, and coupled with the fuel efficiency, it can cover a total distance of 343.8 miles and 515.7 miles in the city and on the highway, respectively.

Models

2011 Dodge Charger

2011 Chrysler 300

2011 Ford Taurus

2011 Chevrolet Impala

MPG (City)

18

18

18

19

MPG (Highway)

27

27

28

29

MPG (Combined)

21

21

22

23

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19.1

19.1

19.0

17.5

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

343.8/515.7

343.8/515.7

342/532

332.5/507.5

Except for the Chevrolet, all three cars return subpar mpg ratings and fail to impress on the streets. With a similar fuel tank size as well, the Ford Taurus offers better averages that too by a margin while both the Dodge and the Chrysler have similar ratings. The Chevrolet, on the other hand, stands out mostly because of its smaller engine, giving the best average in the segment.

2011 Dodge Charger Interior

6.0/10

The 2011 Charger welcomes you with a simple dash design along with bucket seats as soon as you enter the cabin. Also, there’s a big LCD screen in the center of the dash and a lot of consoles in red. Some of the bits and pieces on the dash can be seen in a mixture of metal and plastic. The materials used overall in the cabin have taken a leap, and we appreciate that. The clever use of plastic, metal, and chrome in the car makes it look plush and keep the costs down at the same time.

The seats provide a lot of support and are suited even for long drives. The Dodge Charger can seat five passengers. It has a total cargo capacity of 20.1 cubic feet, which is adequate for cars in this segment. While the standard feature list is minimal, you have nearly a dozen packages to spice up your Charger the way you deem fit. As standard, you get air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, and a power driver seat. Opting for the Rallye or Rallye Plus gets you more interior and infotainment features.

Models

2011 Dodge Charger

2011 Chrysler 300

2011 Ford Taurus

2011 Chevrolet Impala

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.0/57.9/41.9

38.6/59.5/41.8

39.0/57.9/41.9

39.4/58.7/42.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/56.9/38.1

37.9/57.7/40.1

37.8/56.9/38.1

37.8/58.6/37.6

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

20.1

16.3

20.1

18.6

All the cars in the competition offer 5 seats as standard, and the interior space difference is also very tight. While the Chrysler 300 has the smallest trunk at 16.3 cubic feet of capacity, both the Ford and Dodge share the same trunk size at 20.1 cu-ft. The second-row space is more in the Chrysler, while the first-row space is very similar in all three cars. Some of the standout interior features are:

  • Front reading lamps
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Power driver seat

How intuitive is the 2011 Dodge Charger’s infotainment unit?

The 2011 Charger’s infotainment system comprises a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack, and a 4.3-inch touchscreen interface. It now has USB ports and can share your 3G data via a Wi-Fi hotspot, a Garmin navigation system, Bluetooth, and Sirius TravelLink. Overall, the system is smooth and can easily be navigated through. Some of the standout infotainment features are: 

  • 4.3-inch touchscreen interface
  • USB connection
  • Sirius TravelLink
  • Bluetooth hands-free connectivity.
  • Garmin Navigation setup

2011 Dodge Charger Exterior

6.0/10

The 2011 Charger's new flares and filigrees "pop" on camera and strike a deep macho nerve, but not all of the changes are quite so striking. The front is styled aggressively, which is expected from a muscle car, but the lower-leaning grille and the headlamps might be just too aggressive for some. The side profile’s bracket scoops show taller sides, and the angled window cut is a good addition. The rear profile is the best of the lot, with 164 LEDs in the tail lamps and the squarish bottom along with a spoiler (if you opt for it). The wheelbase is the longest in the segment at 120.1 inches. The ground clearance is 5.0 inches, and drivers will have a tough time navigating through rough terrains.

Model

2011 Dodge Charger

2011 Chrysler 300

2011 Ford Taurus

2011 Chevrolet Impala

Curb Weight (lbs)

3961

3961

4015

3555

Length (in.)

199.9

198.6

202.9

200.4

Width (in.)

75.0

75.0

85.7

72.9

Height (in.)

58.4

58.5

60.7

58.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.0

4.7

NA

NA

Wheelbase (in.)

120.1

120

112.9

110.5

In comparison, the Ford Taurus is the longest car in the segment at 202.9 inches and has a long wheelbase that stands at 112.9 inches. The Chrysler 300 has a low ground clearance at 4.7 inches, while the ground clearance of the Taurus isn’t known. The curb weight in ascending order starts with the Chevrolet being the lightest at 3,555 pounds, followed by the 300, Charger, and Taurus. Some of the standout exterior features are:

  • Rear spoiler
  • 20-inch wheels
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Sunroof

2011 Dodge Charger Safety

9.0/10

The Dodge Charger maintains its dominance over other cars in the segment when it comes to safety and reliability. The 2010 model was given a 5-star rating by the NHTSA, and the IIHS ratings were also impressive. The 2011 model hasn’t been tested yet, but a similar result is expected. Standard safety features on the Dodge Charger include electronic stability control, full-length side curtain airbags, and driver side-knee airbags. Available options are adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, a rear-cross traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring. Some of the standout safety features are:

  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Electronic stability control
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise control

2011 Dodge Charger Final Verdict

The 2011 Dodge Charger is a very well-built car under the $30,000 mark and should be your choice of option if you prefer performance over luxury. The sedan isn’t the most luxurious in the segment but has to be the most thrilling. It is a proper sedan with good practicality and style at the given price point. Adding the optional packages will definitely spice things up for you inside and outside of this sedan.

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