The old school macho man that only grows stronger every year returns to the game planet with a much-needed improvement to the interior styling. The fit and finish seem to be better than ever. In a sleeker shape, the 2019 Dodge Charger R/T is backed with a 5.7L V-8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine hammers out 370 horsepower and 395-lbs-feet of torque.
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It is not just the power that makes the Dodge Charger R/T a proper American muscle car. Like the Chargers of yesteryear, it boasts a lot of space for passengers and cargo alike. Those who are turned down by its stiff handling and rough ride should know that it is actually a lot of improvement on how classic muscle cars used to feel. The Charger R/T stays true to its namesake, fit for both the road and the track in equal measure.
This muscle sedan is reminiscent of the 1960s, not just the design but the street life and rash attitude. But still, the sedan has to compete in today's time. The large sedan market is filled with big guns that take on the 2019 Dodge Charger. Sedans like Kia Stinger, Chrysler 300C, and Chevrolet Impala gives a hard time to this all-American muscle.
8.3/10 Engine and Performance
6.0/10 Fuel Economy
7.5/10 Final Verdict
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Features
Every group of friends has a badass guy, with big muscles, attractive looks and carefree attitude, the Dodge Charger is that guy for the large Sedan segment. This car merges the Sedan's ideology with a drag racer attitude. The 2019 Dodge Charger R/T is available in 2 trims the normal R/T and the R/T Scat Pack variant. The standard R/T is a well build large sedan powered with a 5.7-L V8 HEMI engine while the Scat pack comes with a bigger 6.4-L V8 engine. Both trims feature an 8-Speed Automatic transmission.
It's safe to say the Normal R/T is your usual sedan in a muscle care disguise. The standard feature list is not that striking with 20-inch alloy wheels, power adjustable seats, smartphone integration like Apple CarPlay and Android to name a few. The Scat Pack spice up the feature list with Brembo high performance, brakes, heated ventilated seats, 10 speaker Beat Audio sound and more features which were optional for the R/T Trim.
Dodge Charger R/T
Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack
All Features from the Standard trim Plus-
20-inch wheels and transmission paddle shifters
Brembo high-performance brakes
Keyless entry and ignition
More aggressive suspension settings
Eight-way power front seats
Rear parking sensors
Power-adjustable driver seat
60/40-split folding back seat
Dodge's Uconnect infotainment system with a s7-inch touchscreen
Dual USB ports
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone dintegration
Six-speaker sound system with satellite radio
The base Dodge R/T is the rightmost sophisticated choice in the entire Charger range. It has enough firepower with a long standard feature list. Though there are a number of customization options available and you have all the right to personalize your car, but try to tag in the Premium Package for a number of driver assist, interior, and infotainment upgrades.
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Engine and Performance
Engine and Transmission
"Of course, not every family has $66,000 to drop on a car, which is why it's nice that even the least expensive Charger still offers a potent yet fuel-efficient 292-horsepower V6 engine, great handling, a roomy interior and plenty of features." - Kelly Blue Book
The gurgling exhaust note will remind you of those underground races but don't let the sound deceive you, it doesn't have the power, just enough to be a gusto daily driver. Away from its crazy powered cousins the Charger R/T is the civilized version of the Charger we all know. You get a controlled 370 hp power and 395-pound-feet of torque generated from its 5.7L V8 engine. The Rear-Wheel drive is the only way to get your hands on this sedan.
The Scat Pack gets a bigger 6.4L V8 engine which pumps out a mad 485 horsepower and tire-smoking 475-pound-feet of torque. The ride quality becomes more aggressive similar to its hellcat cousin. This trim is more for the muscle car zealots with a family, who still like to turn down the music rev like hell and remember his young days of freedom.
Dodge Charger R/T
Kia Stinger GT
Chrysler 300 C
Chevrolet Impala Premier
3.6 L V-6
370 hp @ 5250 rpm
365 hp @ 6000
363 hp @5200
305 hp @ 6800
395 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
376 lb-ft @ 1300
394 lb-ft @ 4200
264 lb-ft @ 5200
A couple of V6's and V8's are joining this battle. However, this drag racer is just a couple of ponies ahead of its competition and at the same time, it is priced the least. This gives the Charger a considerable edge over others.
Right, when you push to start the engine, hear the exhaust note, and are all set to ride like hell, reality kicks in and hits you hard. It's not bad but quite not what you have expected. It easily outruns its front feel drive adversaries but won't withstand any serious competition. The Scat Back option really fills in the gap, there is a full one-second difference on its 60 mph test.
The initial start is not sluggish but doesn't have that punch of a muscle either. The acceleration starts to shine after 2000 rpm. The car reaches 60mph in 5.1 seconds, however, in drag it eats up the quarter-mile road in 13.7 seconds.
Dodge Charger R/T
3.6 L V-6
(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)
Despite having the power advantage the Charger isn't the quickest sedan in the lot. That medal goes to the Stinger. Still, it has got the 2nd place in the lot, while the Chevrolet Impala comes the last.
Ride and Handling
There is a mixed opinion about the R/T's drive quality, but it accomplishes its purpose as a daily driver. The R/T's corning ability is nice and the glorious throttle response is loud even on slow speeds, you will surely make a heck of an entry in this sedan. But it comes at a cost, the over-tempered accelerator is its worst nightmare, be ready to freeze your foot every time you stop or you might hit someone.
The positive side of the R/T comes with well-weighted steering, it feels good in the hand but there is no road communication by the car. You will have the wheel but won't feel the car's movements at all. The transmission shifts are smooth and easy to alter on the highway.
The brakes feel is just fine, it blends in with the overall drivability and is easy to modulate, however, you might need a few turns to get a hang of it. The pedal initially feels soft and hurried at times, but the 13.6-inch front and 12.6 inch back rotors inspire confidence during hard braking. In the panic brake test, the car halts from a speed of 60 mph to a standstill in 120 feet. The Scat Back trim is more performing when it comes to braking, the large brake calipers and grippy summer tires increase traction and aid the overall braking.
Dodge Charger R/T
Kia Stinger T5
Brake Front (in.)
Brake Rear (in.)
Curb Weight (lbs.)
60-0 MPH (ft.)
Although it's installed with the right-sized rotors and carry a sensible amount of weight, its braking prowess is not up to the mark. The Chrysler 300 makes the panic brake test in 109 feet, the Stinger makes it in 110 feet, far better than the Charger.
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Fuel Economy
These cars take a lot of fuel to retain their muscle, however, the R/T manages just fine. You will not save a lot in the city as it only delivers a 16 mpg mileage. However, it holds its own on the highway with the competitive 25 mpg mileage. Some sedans in the market deliver a tad more mileage you can easily go for them, but then you won't have a muscle car to show off then.
Dodge Charger R/T
Fuel economy is not this car's forte. The 16 mpg of city mileage is under par, the Chrysler 300 stretches its city mileage to 19 mpg point. Consider the combined mileage numbers, the Impala beast this lot big time. The 28 mpg of highway mileage is the best in the class, the Charger R/T is nowhere near the best.
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Interior
Seating and Comfort
"As with other cars in the full-size class, the Charger offers plenty of interior space and cargo room; that's expected. What might not be is the number of luxury-league features available such as heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and power-adjustable pedals." -Consumer Guide
The engine sound might ease your spirit and looks may turn a few heads, but it's the interior where you spend the majority of your time. From the inside, the Dodge R/T is a true sedan, the one with a lot of room, comfortable seats, and simplistic features. The large doors give the ease of coming in and out, a thing which haunted its 2 door counterparts till now. However, the coupe-like roofline comes a little hard on the headroom space.
The standard cloth seats are bigger than your usual sedan. You can also go for the Nappa leather option which is standard. You get a performance seat options as well. The biggest disadvantage of muscle car design is its fat pillars. They hinder the cross-view which creates a scuffle in city driving. The interior quality is just fine, but not up to the mark for a car priced over $35 grand.
Dodge Charger R/T
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
The front seats are spacious with 38.6 headroom, 59.9 inches of Shoulder room, and 41.8 inches of legroom. The rear seats suffer from a cramped headroom space. Other than that there is no major difference in this fatal four-way.
The 2019 Dodge Charger R/T comes installed with an 8.4-inch infotainment screen. While there are some impractical switches and knobs on the steering, the other parts of the cabin are smartly designed and kept within the drivers reach. The Uconnect infotainment is easy to use and responsive, there is no delay or any ambiguous menus. Other standard feature list gets Voice Commands, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Satellite Radio and more.
The list of interior features is given below :
A/C with Automatic Dual Zone Temperature Control
Auto-Dimming Rear-View Mirror
The cargo space is pretty mediocre for the class. Considering any other American Sedan, the Dodge doesn't deliver that much cargo. The 16.1 cubic inches of cargo volume is least compared to its rivals. There is not much cabin utility as well so keep your carry-ons as minimal as possible.
Dodge Charger R/T
Cargo Volume (ft.3) seat 3
The competitors are a great utilitarian sedan offering a lot of small-item utility and cargo space. The Kia is a great practical sedan with 23.3 cubic feet of boot space. The Impala comes second with its 18.3 cubic feet of cargo. The R/T doesn't have that much space.
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Exterior
"Instead, the Charger boasts a bold look with a lot of muscle -- a design that was enhanced with some major stylistic revisions last year. And its rear-wheel-drive chassis is designed more for performance than for wafting over bumps. Love it or hate it, these features give the Charger a personality that most rivals can't match." -Autotrader
Design and Styling
The dream every American teenager had is actually true, just look at the Charger. The muscles are from the '60s and the features list inflates freshness. The car hasn't changed much from 2015's uplift and is rocking the same look. Its hood actually looks a little short but the strong front and rear end design makes it look tuff and fills in the gap. The little tweaks have done nothing but enhance the rugged design. Its nose is made aerodynamic to get a boost while accelerating. One thing which makes the Charger a lucrative deal is its unique coloring options. All Chargers are offered in a vibrant color scheme including the bright yellow jacket, the smart Red Octane, and the aggressive Destroyer grey.
Dimensions and Weight
Other cars in the large sedan market boast their longboat-like design. While the Charger is far from the modern sedan looks, it's got the size and structure right. With its 198.4 inches of length, it is the longest sedan in the lot. Being a large sedan it can accommodate 5 passengers with ease along with extra spacing, the 75 inches of width confirms the fact. The 58-inch height is adequate for a sedan of this stature. The charger gets a 120-inch wheelbase which compels the car to take long turns.
The R/T is offered with 20-inch alloy wheels with two other standard options. If you want to change your muscle to a stunner spend a little more to get the optional Gloss Black or Satin Black Alloys.
Dodge Charger R/T
Curb weight (lbs.)
Ground clearance (in)
Track width (in) F/R
Acoustic Front Door Glass
Body-Color Exterior Mirrors
Exterior Mirrors with Heating Element
Power Heated Mirrors with Manual Fold-Away
Rear Body-Color Spoiler
Black Headlamp Bezels
Body-Color Lower Body Side Cladding
Capless Fuel Fill
Gloss Black Fascia Applique
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Safety
The Charger boasts a respectable 5-star rating from NHTSA and IIHS. Though, Dodge delivers a multicity of safety features a large number of them are kept on the optional feature list. The rearview camera and parking sensors are now standard on the Charger. However, you need to pay for each feature like Adaptive Cruise control, Auto High-Beams, Forward-Collision Warning, Lane-Departure Warning, etc.
All Speed Traction Control
Electronic Roll Mitigation
Electronic Stability Control
Hill Start Assist
Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
Trailer Sway Damping
Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Height-Adjustable Front Shoulder Belts
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Competition
Kia Stinger Vs Dodge Charger
Kia Stinger used to be that cool car that had the looks but was hollow from the inside, but that's the old news. Kia updates their game and tweaked the handling to a competitive level, overall it's an entertaining car to drive. However, this carriage lacks a few horses than the Charger. Where the Charger pitches the muscle car design, the Stinger is an ideal large sedan in the class. It has more cargo space, better mileage numbers, and acceleration. You may fulfill your teenage dream with the Charger but won't get the value that the Stinger offers.
Chrysler 300 C Vs Dodge Charger
The Chrysler 300 is a big car with a lot of space and comfort. Some might say it lacks the power kick of an American car but the V8 on 300 C makes amends. It's a well-rounded Sedan with everything delivered on par. In many ways, it's a lot similar to the Charger. Both cars have similar power, engine, economy, and practicality. Well, what makes them different is their respective sticker price. You get everything the Chrysler delivers at a better price, making it the obvious choice.
Chevrolet Impala Vs Dodge Charger
The Impala and the Charger are priced the same and fall in the same large sedan category, apart from that there is no difference between the two. The Impala delivers a quiet driving experience with a lot of practicality. Whereas the Charger delivers a powerful V8 and flamboyant handling experience. The two cars are like oil and water but they compete in the same vessel. Your choice of sedan here will depend on the type of features you are looking for.
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Final Verdict
The Dodge Charger encompasses the American dream which has always been more of whimsical fantasy over the years. Very few people achieve it and the people at Dodge seem to be one of them. Not the most sensible or economical, this car is meant for people who live for the thrills and have the means to sustain them.