2021 Dodge Charger

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2021 Dodge Charger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: June 20, 2020
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Karan Rawat

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The charger has been there in the muscle car division for more than 30 years; it earned a comprehensive revision in 2015 though the vehicle is alike structurally since it was introduced. Net getting many updates, the Charger will maintain this trend as a vestige model. Each Dodge Charger is similar to the forerunners with just minor changes.

2021 Dodge Charger GT AWD
2021 Dodge Charger GT AWD

In the 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. 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.

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 inherent 2021 iteration of the U-connect system. The Charger rides well too and its fun to drive around corners as well.

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Pros

Numerous powertrain options

User friendly infotainment system

A box full of customization options

Cons

Materials used in the interior are not up to the mark

Dated design

Fuel Economy

What's New?

Thereare no major chnages to the 2021 Dodge Charger



Styles

2021 Dodge Charger in F8 Green color 2021 Dodge Charger in Granite Pearlcoat color 2021 Dodge Charger in IndiGo Blue color 2021 Dodge Charger in Octane Red Pearl Coat color 2021 Dodge Charger in Torred Clearcoat color
F8 Green

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

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

7.7

Exterior

8.2

Safety

6.5

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Dodge Charger SXT

SXT

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
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$29,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $29,895 MSRP TBD TBD
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Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


There is nothing new as such introduced in the 2021 Dodge Charger. This includes its traditional three-box design, wraparound headlights, a sloped nose, feature similar to the previous models. Though it’s a large muscle car with a manner of its own, this is marketed as a 4-door family sedan.

Charger offers ample passenger room and roomy trunk too. Buyers longing for sportiness will still be able to see the sharp-looking GT,  R/T, and Hellcat models to pick from. Also, there will be a widebody package for further enrichment of its status as the most powerful sedan in its segment.


8.0/10
Features

 
 

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.7/10
Interior

 

8.2/10
Exterior

 

6.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2021 Dodge Charger Features

8.0/10

The SE and SXT trim of the 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan draw their power from the 3.6-liter V6 engine while the R/T and Daytona trims get a 5.7-liter V8 engine. As for the R/T Scat and Daytona 392 trims, you get a 6.4-liter V8 engine while the Hellcat has a 6.2-liter v8 engine under its hood.

Rear-wheel drive and the 8-speed automatic transmission are common for all the trims; although with the SE and SXT trim, you can opt for an all-wheel-drive system as well.

Trim

SXT

GT

MSRP (RWD)

$30,895

$32,595

MSRP (AWD)

$33,595

N/A
Key Features

Keyless entry and ignition 

Adds/Upgrades of SXT

 

17-inch alloy wheels

20-inch wheels

 

Rearview camera

LED foglights

 

Rear parking sensors

Performance hood, side sills, and fascias

 

Power-adjustable driver’s seat

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Cloth sport seats

Houndstooth Cloth seats with performance bolster

 

Uconnect 4 infotainment system

8.4-inch touchscreen
 

7-inch touchscreen

4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

 

Bluetooth

HD radio

 

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Enhanced suspension

 

Six-speaker sound system

 

Dodge Charger Sedan seems like the perfect balance among all the trim options as its both powerful for day-to-day usage and comes with a reasonable price tag as well.

We Recommend

We would also recommend you to go with the base SXT trim and add Drive Confidence Group as it includes rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors along with a backup camera, and heated exterior mirrors. 

2021 Dodge Charger Engine and Performance

The 2021 Dodge Charger to continue with the same wide range of powertrain options, starting with its standard 3.6-liter V6 engine that injects 292 horsepower in the base variant SXT and 300 horsepower in the SXT AWD and GT variants. The next in line is the R/T models’ 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that pumps in 370 horsepower if one opts for the R/T Scat Pack, the charger, will gain a 485-horse power 6.4-liter HEMI V8.

Topping the range comes the SRT Hellcat with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that delivers 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft torque. No matter which charger you go with, it will come standard mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Most models have only rear-wheel-drive setup, but there is an option for buyers to pair V6 engine with all-wheel drive in the SXT and GT models. 

Models

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

MSRP

$29,895

$29,470

$32,990

$35,800

Engine

3.6L regular gas V-6

3.6L regular gas V-6

2.0L Inline-4

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V-6

Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power

292hp@6,350rpm

292hp@6,350rpm

255hp@6,200rpm

301hp@6,600rpm

Torque

260lb-ft@4,800rpm

260lb-ft@4,800

260lb-ft@1,400rpm

267lb-ft@4,700rpm

While comparing the Dodge Charger with its rival, the Charger stands a little bit down in front of them as the base variant of the Charger seems not up to the mark in the name of this car. The power figures do not make any change for the Dodge Charger as the Chrysler 300 offers the same power figures. The company, the Toyota Avalon, takes the first position in the segment with 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

Dodge Charger 0 to 60

Talking about the acceleration, it’s very responsive and sensitive, pressing it a little can make the Charger let loose. The 485 horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 rushes the Dodge Charger to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, while the SRT Hellcat with supercharged 6.2-liter V8 rockets the Dodge Charger to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.

The powers delivered by the V6 and V8 engines are beneficial and efficient to both rear wheels, and all wheels drive options, with the help of the 8-speed automatic transmission as it’s very responsive. This offers a comfortable ride but can create a problem for the driver around the corners. In comparison to its rivals, the Dodge Charger Sedan somehow ends up being the second-best.

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

0-60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.2 sec

6.6 sec

6.0 sec

Quarter Mile 

14.8 sec

15.7 sec

14.7 sec

14.6 sec

Top Speed  196 MPH 155 MPH 130 MPH 130 MPH

Engine

3.6L regular gas V-6

3.6L regular gas V-6

2.0L Inline-4

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V-6

The Dodge Charger Sedan’s 6.4 seconds 0-60 dash time appears a bit subdued in this equation, and the ride is quicker than the Kia Stinger but gets a valid taillamp glimpse of the Chrysler 300 and the Toyota Avalon.

Driving the Dodge Charger

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. The 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan doesn't compromise with its handling at any cost as the tight suspensions enhance the ride quality and composure inside the cabin.

Fitting perfectly with its muscular body-language, the well-weighted steering is very accurate. All the trims expect for R/T trim feature a system that allows you to adjust the steering and throttle response according to your needs. Aside from the mechanics, the Dodge charger seems like that buffed highschool tyrant guy who had a lot of strength but was far from athleticism. The Dodge Charger also has steroids running through its veins but is too far from acrobatic abilities. 

Braking

The 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan now offers huge and upgraded Brembo brakes fitted with 6 piston calipers in the front. Along with that, the multi-mode adaptive damping system makes sure the car has enough control on the track without compromising its ride quality.

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

Brake Rotors Front 

12.6"

12.6"

12.6"

12"

Brake Rotors Rear 

12.6"

12.6"

12.4"

11.1"

Curb Weight 

3,934 lbs

4,013 lbs

3649 lbs

3560 lbs

60-0 MPH 

107 ft

109 ft

126 ft

115 ft

The Dodge Challenger though being one of the heaviest vehicles in this segment posts the best braking distance figures. The ride stops in just 107 ft. emerging as the absolute champion of the braking fixture. The Chrysler 300 makes a close chase, stopping from 60-0 in 109 ft. The Toyota Avalon ranks third, followed by the Kia Stinger. 

2021 Dodge Charger Fuel Economy

7.5/10

The car is heavy and sturdy; using a 3.6-liter V6, the Charger might seem to consume a lot of fuel, but the reality is something else. The car can give mpg figures of 19 in the city and 30 on the highways, mixing the both can turn out to be mpg of 23.

When comparing the Dodge Charger with its rivals, it offers the most prominent fuel tank, which can add up to covering miles/more distance. When having a full tank, the Charger can travel 352 city miles and 555 highway miles. 

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

MPG (City)

19

19

22

22

MPG (Highway)

30

30

29

32

MPG (Combined)

23

23

25

26

Fuel Capacity 

18.5 gallons

18.5 gallons

15.9 gallons

14.5 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

352/555/425 miles

352/555/425 miles

350/461/397 miles

319/464/377 miles

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 7.7 8.5 N/A 7.1

Contrasted with the opponents, the Dodge Charger SXT gives the best mpg figures, having the biggest fuel tank. The Chrysler 300 stands the same as the Dodge Charger. 

2021 Dodge Charger Interior

7.7/10

As of the exterior of the Charger, the insides are the same too; with this, we mean the interior of this car also receives minimal updates. Sport seats are offered on standard in the SXT trim, which can be changed to Nappa leather sport if the buyer wants to; also, this is provided at no additional cost.

This car is very spacious and roomy in the front, but it’s not the same at the rear. Three people can sit in the rear seat, but it is restricted to 2 persons. The car is very capacious and ample as compared to its opponents. Though the interior of the base variant of the vehicle is not that premium, a lot of plastic can be seen in the base variant. The 2021 Dodge Charger gets an interior design refresh with genuine leather seats.

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

37.4/58.3/42.1

37.4/58.3/42.1

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

36.6/57.9/40.1

37.9/57.7/40.1

37.5/57.1/40.3

37.5/57.1/40.3

The cabin of the car, when compared to its rivals, doesn’t stand out. However, engine noises are kept at bay, but the sound of rolling tires will keep annoying your ears.

Interior Features

Some of the most noticeable convenience features that the Dodge Charger decks are: 

  • Illuminated auxiliary driver and passenger-side visor mirrors
  • Full floor console with a covered box
  • Steering wheel with manual tilting, manual telescoping
  • 5 USB ports
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls
  • Manual dual-zone front air conditioning
  • Remote engine start

Infotainment System

Despite its simple looks, the current Charger boasts the most desirable tech, including a 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The car is fitted with a Uconnect 4 system that displays all the information on the infotainment system, which is standard in the SXT. Available 8.4-inch infotainment system.

Some of the most notable features of the Dodge Charger’s infotainment system are: 

  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment panel 
  • AM/FM Radio 
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth Streaming
  • Voice Command 
  • Hands-free Calling
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto

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. The small-item storage inside the cabin is also below the average level for the Dodge Charger.

The door and center panel pockets are small and can barely fit most of the standard-size belongings.  

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

Cargo Capacity 

16.1 cu.ft.

16.3 cu.ft.

23.3 cu.ft.

16.1 cu.ft.

All of the rivals are similar in terms of capacity. However, the Kia Stinger tops the table with 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

2021 Dodge Charger Exterior

8.2/10

Bold and Brawny, these two words come to your mind when one hears about the Dodge Charger. It’s long, wide, and low, which is the opposite of those boring American trucks. When the vehicle moves, it is like a berg drifting, enormous and powerful. The car is engaging and is very appealing in terms of styling; also, certain packages offer numerous possibilities to customize the car cosmetically.

If one loves the brute and husky looks, the Dodge Charger is their vehicle. Also, many people are enamored with enhancing their car, customizing them afresh: the Dodge Charger would fit in ideally.

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

Curb Weight 

3,934 lbs

4,013 lbs

3611 lbs

3560 lbs

Length 

198.4"

198.6"

190.2"

1973.65.9"

Width 

75.0"

75.0"

73.6"

72.8"

Height 

58.2"

58.5"

55.1"

56.5"

Ground Clearance 

4.9"

5.0"

5.1"

5.3"

Wheelbase 

120.2"

120.2"

114.4"

113.0"

The Charger is the heaviest car among the cars compared here at 3934 pounds after the Chrysler 300. When equipped with those Iron block V8s, the Charger weighs over 4000 pounds. 

The Kia Stinger has a fairly balanced set of dimensions. The  Toyota Avalon is the lightest, shortest in length, least wide, and has the smallest wheelbase.

Exterior Features

 Some of the most unique exterior features of the Dodge Charger, that enhances its character are: 

  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Black grille
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers
  • Power remote manual-folding side-view door mirrors

2021 Dodge Charger Safety

6.5/10

The 2020 Charger has scored well in the NHTSA crash test rating. However, it does not get a Top Safety Pick rating from IIHS. While the standard Charger comes with the standard rearview view camera 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.

2021 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 the driver)
  • Front seat belts-tensioners 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

2021 Dodge Charger Competition

Dodge Charger Vs Toyota Avalon

The very affordable Toyota Avalon is represented by its original luxury and quiet riding experience. The standard V6 engine cruises phenomenally and the handling is quite agile given the size of the car. To make it even more tempting, Toyota offers the standard safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and automated emergency braking.

2021 Toyota Avalon

When we compare the Avalon with the 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan, we see that is falling behind terribly in engine performance and acceleration, braking is nowhere close to being impressive, has better fuel efficiency ratings though and decent interior and cargo area.

Dodge Charger Vs Chrysler 300

If you're looking for power, these sedans are among the best. The Charger is explicitly the best in terms of horsepower. Both vehicles here have similar engines in their baseline models. They feature a 3.6L V6 capable of producing around 300 horsepower. However, as you go up in trim level, the Charger quickly takes the lead. The 300's 300C trim features a 5.7L V8 HEMI capable of producing 363 horsepower. With a similar engine in the Charger, it can produce 370 horsepower.

2021 Chrysler 300

If it’s a definite retro appeal you’re after in a four-door sedan, few vehicles can encounter with the reasonably priced 2020 Chrysler 300. The Charger may be dated, but it’s still a charmer and can pull double duty as a sedate highway cruiser or a drag strip monster. 

2021 Dodge Charger Final Verdict

In conclusion, there is nothing much to reason about this car, as it is essentially the 2020 Dodge Charger. This car strikes a perfect balance between every aspect; contrasting it with other muscle cars, it has the best range on offer. Weather its cabin or cargo space or brute power, however, the base variant is not that attractive, but yeah, it still comes under muscle car.