2018 Dodge Charger

MSRP $28,995 - $35,995

Ranked #12 in Sedan

7.2

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2018 Dodge Charger Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Dodge Charger muscle car is one of the oldest cars in this sedan lineup. It follows the traditional styling of muscle cars: a long hood, with a powerful V6/V8 underneath, a long body with plenty of interior space, and comes with a short tail. The Charger packs in powerful engine options, has excellent performance numbers, and also handles very well with great stability and control.

2018 DodgeCharger GT

The Charger's interiors are spacious, and there's good seating comfort as well. The 2018 Dodge Charger is priced at $28,995, and comes in around eleven trim levels. On the standard Charger, the engine gearbox combination is a 3.6L V6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard as well. 

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Pros

Powerful and efficient V6 engine

Excellent looks

Loads of personalization options

One of the best infotainment systems in this class

Cons

Interior needs an overhaul

Compromised visibility in the rear

Oldest vehicle in the market apart from the Frontier

What's New?

New GT trim, removal of SE trim

Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Standard Rear-View Camera and Rear Parking Sensor


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32995

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

204 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

capacity

passenger volume

104.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

12.2 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

5.4

standing 1/4-mile

11.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/27 mpg

highway range

499.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SXT$28,995 onwards

SXT Plus$30,495 onwards

GT$32,995 onwards

GT Plus$35,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Dodge Charger in Billet Clearcoat color
Billet Clearcoat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.4

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


The 2018 Dodge Charger sees no changes for the year 2018. It only receives a few minor additions and revisions with respect to the interior features and a shuffling of trims. The Charger is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that outputs 292 hp and has a torque output of 260 lb-ft. It is powered by an 8-speed automatic transmission and also comes with rear-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive is optional. The Charger is a strong handler and steers on point. In terms of interior, it is spacious and offers a long list of standard features, but other sedans have gone ahead leaving the Charger behind.

2018 Dodge Charger

The Charger, however, lacks behind the competition in terms of interior quality and also offers less space. The Charger also scores less in terms of crash ratings. At a price of $28,995, the 2018 Dodge Charger faces competition from the 2018 Nissan Maxima, the 2018 Ford Taurus, and the 2018 Chevrolet Impala. All these cars are better equipped in terms of interior, have a more refined engine, and also are more modern compared to the Charger.


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.4/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2018 Dodge Charger Features

8.0/10

The 2018 Dodge Charger is offered in eleven trims: SXT, SXT Plus, GT, GT Plus, R/T, Daytona, R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, SRT 392, and the SRT Hellcat. The R/T, SRT Hellcat, and Daytona trims will be covered in other reviews, separately. Pricing for the trims from SXT to GT Plus ranges from $28,995 to $35,995. All trims come with RWD as standard. The SXT and GT trims get a V6 engine which has different power outputs on both the trims. These trims and their standard features are mentioned in the table below.

Trims SXT SXT Plus GT GT Plus
MSRP $28,995 $30,495 $32,995 $35,995
Key Features 17-inch alloy wheels Adds/replaces features on the SXT trim Adds/replaces features on the SXT Plus trim Adds/replaces features on the GT trim
  Keyless entry and ignition 18-inch alloy wheels Gets All-wheel-drive as standard Xenon headlamps
  Rearview camera LED foglamps All features same as the SXT Plus Ventilated front sports seats
  60/40 split-folding rear seat Heated mirrors   Leather upholstery
  Power-adjustable driver seat Upgraded cloth upholstery   Heated rear seats
  Dodge's Uconnect infotainment system Auto-dimming rearview mirror    

There are a few options packages as well. The SXT and SXT Plus get a Blacktop package which adds a few exterior elements. A Super Track Pak on the SXT Plus increases engine output to 300 hp and 364 lb-ft of torque. There are a few performance features borrowed from the higher trims as well. The Technology package available on the SXT trim adds a few advanced safety features.

We recommend

The 2018 Dodge Charger GT Plus trim is what we recommended. It gets a powerful V6 engine, which may not be as good as the higher trim's V8 but has enough juice to make fast drives joyful and engaging. The GT trim also comes equipped with a lot of creature comforts and interior features, which allows you to enjoy the most of the cabin. It also gets AWD which will aid in better handling and control. The Technology package is a must.

2018 Dodge Charger Engine and Performance

8.0/10

“Even shy of the unmatched Hellcat, the 2018 Dodge Charger's performance keeps it on our most-wanted list." - TheCarConnection

2018 Dodge Charger Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Dodge Charger is powered by a 3.6L V6 Pentastar engine which outputs 292 hp @ 6350 rpm and has a torque output of 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm. The SXT Plus trim also gets a more pumped-up version of this engine, with an output of 300 hp and 264 lb-f of torque. The 3.6L V6 engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with an RWD configuration AWD is optional.

2018 Dodge Charger engine

The engine is quite powerful, with a strong punch off the line. It has a strong midrange but does not shine in terms of its top speed. The 8-speed transmission is very precise,  with quick shifts up and down no matter whether you are cruising or going all-out. The only issue with the gearbox is the gear lever which does not have a seamless shift pattern.

Models 2018 Dodge Charger 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 Ford Taurus
MSRP $28,495 $33,420 $27,895 $27,690
Engine 3.6L V6 3.5L V6 2.5L I-4 3.5L V6
Transmission 8-speed automatic CVT automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Drivetrain RWD FWD FWD FWD
Power 292 hp @ 6350 rpm 300 hp @ 6400 rpm 197 hp @ 6300 rpm 288 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm 261 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 254 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

The Chevrolet Impala gets the smallest engine and also has the least power and torque output. The Maxima is the only car with a CVT transmission. It also has the most power and torque output at 300 hp and 261 lb-ft. The Charger gets the biggest engine at 3.6L V6. In terms of pricing, the Maxima is the most expensive car whereas the Taurus is the most affordable. Except for the Charger, peak torque kicks in early in all three sedans.

2018 Dodge Charger Acceleration

The 2018 Dodge Charger RWD with the 3.6L V6 runs from 0-60 mph in a time of 6.6 seconds with the quarter-mile coming up in 15.2 seconds. The Charger's top speed is rated at 157 mph. With the 300 hp 3.6L V6 the time improves by 0.2 seconds to 6.4 seconds, and the quarter-mile improves by 0.3 seconds to 14.9 seconds. Top speed remains the same.

Models 2018 Dodge Charger 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 Ford Taurus
0-60 mph (sec) 6.6 6.2 8.2 6.5
Quarter-mile (sec) 14.8 14.6 16.1 15.1
Engine 3.6L V6 3.5L V6 2.5L I-4 3.5L V6
Top speed (mph) 157 145 140 152

The Maxima is the quickest of the lot with a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds, thanks to the more power and torque combined with a very precise CVT. The Taurus is next, with a time of 6.5 seconds. The Impala is the slowest with a 0-60 mph time of 8.2 seconds. In the quarter-mile run, the Maxima again leads, followed by the Charger and the Taurus. The Impala takes the most time at 16.1 seconds.

2018 Dodge Charger Ride and Handling

The 2018 Dodge Charger even in the base trim is one of the most decent handlers in this segment. With a weight of nearly 4000 lbs, the handling is tidy on the straights, with controlled body roll in the turns. The ride is pretty flat even in high-speed corners, but a small bump or disorientation is enough to throw the rear out of its line causing control issues.

2018 Dodge Charger in motion

The steering on the Charger is accurate and turns where one wants to go exactly. Weight balancing gets full marks, and the solid hold on the steering feels good in the hands. However, this is just as good as it can get: the tires do not feel connected to the rear of the body, limiting the response and feedback expected from a modern muscle car.

2018 Dodge Charger Braking

The Dodge Charger uses a set of 12.6-inch front brake rotors and 12.6-inch rear brake rotors. This setup helps the Charger stop from 60-0 mph in a distance of 110 feet. Considering its weight of 3934 lbs, this is an excellent stopping distance. The Charger can deliver the same braking performance even under continuous heavy braking, which is worth applauding.

2018 Dodge Charger braking

The brake pedal has a soft response to it, but it modulates brake pressure well and applies force accordingly. It has no lags even under sudden emergency braking.

Model 2018 Dodge Charger 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 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.) 110 125 132 112

Against the rivals, the Charger has the best braking distance.  The Ford Taurus is next in line with a distance of 112 feet. The Maxima takes 125 feet to stop, whereas the Impala has the worst stopping distance of 132 feet. The Taurus gets the biggest front and rear brake rotors at 13.9 inches and 13.6 inches.

2018 Dodge Charger Fuel Economy

6.0/10

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

The 2018 Dodge Charger with the 3.6L V6 and RWD configuration returns 19 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. With AWD configuration, the car returns 18 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. The Charger gets a fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons. With this fuel capacity, the RWD Charger has a range of 351.5 miles in the city and 555 miles on the highway.

Model 2018 Dodge Charger 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 Ford Taurus
MPG (city) 19 21 22 18
MPG (highway) 30 30 30 27
MPG (combined) 23 25 25 21
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 18.5 18 18.5 19
Range (city/highway) (miles) 351.5/555 378/540 407/555 342/513

The Impala is the most efficient car in the lot thanks to the smaller I-4 engine. It returns 25 mpg combined, and has the most city mileage as well at 22 mpg. The highway mileage is the least on the Ford Taurus. In terms of range, the 18.5 gallons tank on the Impala gives a range of 407 miles in the city, and a range of 555 miles on the highway. The Charger also has the same highway range. The least range is seen on the Taurus at 342 city miles and 513 highway miles.

2018 Dodge Charger Interior

6.4/10

“Some low-buck trim and low-roofline headroom issues surface in the aging Charger sedan.” - TheCarConnection

2018 Dodge Charger Seating and Comfort

The interior of the Charger is aging. Build quality is not on par with segment standards. It's good, but it can be better. The interior has a lot of panel gaps, and the plasticky surfaces feel cheap at this price. Surface finish levels are consistent, but there's nothing modern about the interior. Fit and finish levels no longer impress us, and the cloth upholstery with the blacked-out surfaces is not very appealing on the lower trims. However, despite the flaws, the interior is very user-friendly with the logical and practical placement of controls and knobs.

2018 Dodge Charger front seats

The 2018 Dodge Charger's interiors are spacious. The front row is the place to be in, with excellent cushioning and a very supportive back. There's also a lot of bolstering around the seat, which guarantees a tight but comfortable fit while enjoying the 300 horses of the V6. The rear seats on the Charger are similarly padded, and get a comfortable seating position. Long journeys in this interior will be comfortable. Ingress and egress are simple in the front with the wide doors, but the short roofline in the rear is troublesome every time one has to get in or out. It also compromised the visibility in the rear, and the big pillars in the front also restrict the overall view.

Model 2018 Dodge Charger 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 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

The Nissan Maxima has the least interior space, but it's very comfortable. The front headroom and front legroom are the most in the Impala, at nearly 40 inches and 46 inches respectively. The Maxima is slightly behind. In the rear, the Charger has the most legroom at 40+ inches, whereas the Taurus has the most headroom at 37.8 inches. The Impala's interior is the most at 105 cu-ft. Some interior features on the Charger are:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Power-adjustable driver seat
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front sports seats
  • Heated rear seats

2018 Dodge Charger Infotainment System

The Charger's Uconnect Infotainment system is one of the best in the class. The layout is simple, with easy navigation through various commands, and has simple voice controls as well. The touch response on the 7-inch touchscreen is quick, with no lag no matter what the purpose. The sound quality is crisp, and there is an optional 10-speaker Beats audio system as well. Navigation is optional, as is HD radio.

2018 Dodge Charger infotainment

Some features on this infotainment system are:

  • Bluetooth
  • Voice controls
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Satellite radio
  • Six-speaker sound system

2018 Dodge Charger Cargo Capacity

The 2018 Dodge Charger has a cargo capacity of 16.1 cu-ft, which is pretty decent for this segment. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats also open up more space for larger items. Loading luggage in this cargo hold is an easy task, thanks to a lower loading height and a wider opening.

Model 2018 Dodge Charger 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 Ford Taurus
Volume (ft. cube) 16.1 14.3 18.8 20.1

The Charger's cargo capacity is good, but other cars offer more. The Taurus has the most cargo capacity in these four at 20.1 cu-ft. The Impala also offers a cargo capacity of 18.8 cu-ft. Only the Maxima offers a lower cargo capacity at 14.3 cu-ft, which is 1.8 cu-ft less than the Charger's.

2018 Dodge Charger Exterior

7.0/10

“THrowback styling has aged remarkably well on the 2018 Dodge Charger.” – TheCarConnection

2018 Dodge Charger Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Dodge Charger sees no change to its exterior design and styling after a major restyling back in 2015. The Charger continues with its coke bottle shape taken from the 1960s styling. As the name suggests, the design of the car speaks high volumes of an aggressive muscle car ready to beat any competition thrown at it. The Charger is one of the most sporty-looking sedans even in the base trim.

2018 Dodge Charger front three quarters view

Upfront, the long bulky hood, a blunt nose, and the sleek but muscular grille all come together well to signify the muscle car look from the past. The thick creases around the grille with the slim headlamps give the front a mean look. Along the side, the thick pillars with the gracefully sloping roofline and proportioned wheels all increase the elegance of the Charger.

2018 Dodge Charger rear three quarters view

At the rear, the long thin LED taillights with the Dodge badging and a dual exhaust system polish the Charger's styling. Different trim levels have a different styling to them. Dimensionally, the Charger is 198 inches long, has a width of 75 inches, is 58 inches tall, and sits early 5 inches above the ground. The Charger weighs nearly 4,000 lbs at 3934 lbs, and has a wheelbase of 120.2 inches.

  2018 Dodge Charger 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 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

Proportions wise, the Ford Taurus is the largest car in this comparison. It has the most length, the most width, and is taller than the other three cars. The Charger is the heaviest car at 3934 lbs, whereas the Maxima is the lighter car at 3478 lbs. The longest wheelbase is on the Charger itself, at 120.2 inches. The Maxima has the tightest wheelbase at 109.3 inches. Some exterior features on the Charger are:

  • Alloy wheels
  • Sunroof
  • LED foglights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Xenon headlamps
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster

2018 Dodge Charger Safety

6.0/10

The 2018 Dodge Charger received an overall rating of five-star rating from the NHTSA. In the front crash protection, the Charger gets a rating of 4-stars. The IIHS rated it 'Good' in most tests. However, in the small-overlap front-impact test, the rating drops down to 'Marginal'. The Charger gets a ton of safety features as well, apart from the standard features which include airbags, traction control, stability control, and a rearview camera. Some other safety features on the Charger include:

  • Lane-departure warning
  • Active lane control
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2018 Dodge Charger Competition

2018 Dodge Charger vs 2018 Nissan Maxima

The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a sports sedan like the Charger. It gets a powerful V6 engine mated to a CVT gearbox and has FWD unlike the RWD configuration on the Charger. The Maxima has more power and also has better performance times. However, the handling on the Maxima is not as polished as the Dodge, as does not offer the experience and thrill that the Dodge does. The Maxima however despite having a better performance offers a better economy than the Charger.

2018 Nissan Maxima

The interiors on the Maxima are more refined and well-done than on the Charger. The Maxima's interiors are also better equipped and more comfortable. The infotainment system on the Charger however is the better one due to its ease of use and overall fluidity. Both the cars get top safety ratings, but the Maxima is ahead of the Charger in this section. The Charger is more affordable than the Maxima, and also more in line with the muscle car dream of the American people.

2018 Dodge Charger vs 2018 Chevrolet Impala

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala is a better car than the Charger in many ways. The Impala also gets a V6 engine that has similar performance to that of the Charger. However, the Impala cannot keep up with the more performance-oriented versions of the Charger. The Impala benefits from better driving dynamics, better fuel economy, and a longer range. It does not have a good braking distance, however.

2018 Chevrolet Impala

The interiors on the Impala are better in every way- quality, comfort, and space. There's also more cargo capacity on offer. The Impala is similar to the Charger in terms of safety, but it has higher safety ratings and higher reliability ratings as well. The Impala is also more affordable than the Charger and has cheaper projected five-year maintenance and ownership costs.

2018 Dodge Charger Final Verdict

The 2018 Dodge Charger, in its aging design and styling, still manages to attract the crowd with its performance, handling, and spacious interiors. At just under $29,000, the Charger provides most of a muscle car heritage while staying in line with the sedan body requirements. The car portrays an aggressive design and tops safety scores with advanced safety tech on offer. All this has given the Charger enough potential despite its flaws to make a strong statement even in today's modern sedan segment. All in all, the Charger is worth a pick as a practical and sensible full-size muscle sedan, and we surely recommend one.

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2018 Dodge Charger FAQs

How much does the 2018 Dodge Charger cost?

The 2018 Dodge Charger's MSRP stands at $28,995, with destination charges of about $1,095.

Is the 2018 Dodge Charger a reliable car?

J.D. Power gave the 2018 Dodge Charger an overall reliability rating of 80/100, which is good.

How many miles can the 2018 Dodge Charger last?

The 2018 Dodge Charger can run for around 250,000 miles with proper maintenance.

Is the Challenger better than the Charger?

The Challenger is a better option in place of the Charger. The Challenger offers a better interior, is a more family-focused car, and also has marginally better performance.

Is the 2018 Dodge Charger expensive to maintain?

The 2018 Dodge Charger's annual maintenance costs come around $630, which will vary depending on the region.