2021 Dodge Charger R/T Sedan

MSRP $36,395

Ranked #9 in Midsize Sedan

7.9

Overall Rating

2021 Dodge Charger R/T Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Sedans have traditionally been associated with practicality and comfort but they always have lacked an athletic nature that a chunk of buyers might want. The Dodge Charger R/T fits right into the definition and caters to a set of buyers who want to coalesce performance and luxury at a rather affordable price.

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Pros

Cogent V8 Hemi engine option

Prepossessing design with striking color options

Practical everyday ride

Intuitive infotainment system 

Cons

Thirsty V8 engine

Zero standard safety features 

Interior still lacks panache 

What's New?

SRT Hellcat Redeye enters the trim catalog

AWD is now available on the GT trim 

20-inch wheels standard on the GT trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36395

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

345 cu.in.

horsepower

370 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

395 lb.-ft.. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/12.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

120 in.

length

198.4 in.

width

75 in.

height

57.8 in.

curb weight

4291 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

14.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1009 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.4 sec.

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

Base$36,395 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Dodge Charger R/T Sedan in B5 Blue Pearl Coat color
B5 Blue Pearl Coat

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.6

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

6.3

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


With facilities like proper boot storage, 5-seating configuration, and a V-8 engine under the hood, the Dodge Charger R/T gets the best value for the money spent. While there are sought-after German rivals that lead the performance sedan segment, the sheer price difference between them and their American counterparts makes the comparison unviable. Keeping the price and capabilities of the sedan in mind, the Dodge falls in a similar ballpark as the Toyota Avalon TRD, Chrysler 300S V8, and Kia Stinger GT2


9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.6/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

6.3/10
Final Verdict


2021 Dodge Charger R/T Sedan Features

The 2021 Dodge Charger R/T comes in a single fully-loaded trim option. This standalone trim sports 20-inch wheels, heated mirrors, and an active exhaust system. In addition, it makes use of a V8 Hemi engine to power its performance and is priced at $37,570. Among the standard list of features, it also comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone climate control, and power-adjustable front seats. As is traditional to American Muscle cars, the Charger R/T also comes with several customization options. Amongst the optional packages available, the Blacktop Package is the quirkiest, while the Driver Convenience Group Package adds to the practicality.

Trim

R/T

MSRP (RWD)

$37,570

Key Features

20-inch upgraded wheels

 

Projector Beam headlights and LED fog lights 

 

Heated mirrors, keyless entry & ignition 

 

Sports suspension, leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen with 19 speaker audio system

 

Active exhaust, functional hood scoop

 

Cruise control

Which Trim should you buy?

Thanks to a number of features already available, the 2021 Dodge Charger R/T in its base variant will suffice the requirements of the traditional buyers in the segment. As standard, the sedan gets 19 speaker Harman Kardon sound system, 20-inch wheels, and sports suspension, however, we would also recommend availing the Technology and Driver Convenience Group packages to add an increased number of active safety and convenience features to the vehicle.

2021 Dodge Charger R/T Sedan Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2021 Dodge Charger R/T is a true purists car and gets powered by a 5.7L V8 unit. This engine sits under the hood of the sedan belts 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. It gets mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and transfers power to the rear wheels, as standard. Step on the gas pedal and the Charger R/T’s V-8 clinches onto the tarmac and pushes you back in your seats. It sprints from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds and clocks 13.8 seconds in the quarter-mile run. Power delivery feels linear and splendid and while on the highways it does feel adequate, the power feels rather overwhelming when driven within city limits. 

Models

2021 Dodge Charger R/T

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

2021 Kia Stinger GT2

2021 Chrysler 300S V8

MSRP

$37,570

$43,125

$50,390

$42,320

Engine

5.7L, Naturally Aspirated, V-8

3.5L, Naturally Aspirated, V-6

3.3L, Twin-Turb0, V-6

5.7L, Naturally Aspirated, V-8

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic 

8-speed automatic 

8-speed automatic 

Power (hp @ RPM

370 @ 5250

301 @ 6600

365 @ 6,000

363 @ 6,350

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

395 @ 4200

267 @ 4700

376 @ 1,300

394 @ 4,800

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.2

6.0

4.6

5.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.8

14.0

13.1

13.9

Top-Speed (MPH)

155

130

167

168

Toyota Avalon TRD is the only car with an underpowered six-cylinder engine and produces 301 hp and 267lb.-ft of torque, well it's more of a misfit for this segment. The 2021 Chrysler 300 S manages similar torque outputs as the Dodge but due to slightly lower power, it is 0.2 seconds slower than the latter. However, even with a twin-turbo V6 unit that produces lower outputs, the Kia Stinger GT2 is the quickest, taking 4.6 seconds to the 60mph mark. 

How well does the 2021 Charger R/T handle?

Dodge Charger is a heavy car, but with a potent engine under the hood, it is easier to make the sedan move quickly. At low speeds, the car handles really well and the engine growl is still noticeable. One thing you will notice quickly is tail happy the car is, so be careful while driving, it’s not a video game. The straight-line performance of the Charger is mind-boggling but it doesn’t inspire that same level of confidence while cornering. 

As it is with a lot of every modern car nowadays the steering doesn’t let through any feedback and that scares us a little while turning hard. The suspension setup on the base models is tuned for comfort but on the R/T we have sport suspension and unlike the steering it lets you know precisely the surface quality you are driving on. The 20-inch wheels feel planted and aid handling, however, they do not score high on comfort.

2021 Dodge Charger R/T Braking Performance

The 2021 Charger has excellent brakes and the stopping distance from 60-0 is just 102 feet. Thanks to the 13.6 inch & 12.6-inch rotors. While initially, the brake pedal might feel too soft, as one continues to drive the sedan, one gets accustomed to the softness and the real braking prowess. With the R/T trim, buyers also have the option to upgrade to Brembo calipers that will improve both real-world and statistical performance. 

Models

2021 Dodge Charger R/T

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

2021 Kia Stinger GT2

2021 Chrysler 300S V8

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.6

12.9

13.8

13.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.6

11.6

13.4

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

4291

3655

3829

4013

60-0 (feet)

102

N/A

N/A

N/A

Well unfortunately we don’t have technical data for every car today but we can assume the braking performance comparing it to the Charger. The Chrysler and Kia have adequately-sized rotor sizes and they even weigh much lesser so below 100 feet sopping distance wouldn’t be an issue for the sedans. The same goes with the Avalon TRD, yes, the rotors on the Toyota are an inch smaller but it also has a lesser curb weight. Overall, it is safe to say that all the competitors today come with a proper stopping force. 

2021 Dodge Charger R/T Sedan Fuel Economy

7.1/10

With high-performance cars, you just don’t get fuel economy no matter the effort. We just mend our ways. The 2021 Dodge Charger R/T returns the lowest gas mileage in the segment. In the city, its efficiency is rated at 16 MPG, while on the highway this increases to 25 MPG. Overall, it is rated at 19 MPG, but we do get considerably more storage capacity than the rivals. With a fuel tank of 18.5-gallons, the Charger R/T manages to cover a range of 351.5 miles and ranks second in the segment. 

Models

2021 Dodge Charger R/T

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

2021 Kia Stinger GT2

2021 Chrysler 300S V8

MPG (City)

16

21

17

16

MPG (Highway)

25

30

25

25

MPG (Combined)

19

25

20

19

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

15.8

15.9

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

296/462.5/351.5

331.8/474/395

270.3/397.5/318

296/462.5/351.5

Like the engine, the Chrysler 300S and Dodge Charger perform similarly in the efficiency segment as well. Even their fuel tanks are similarly sized and consequently, both sedans manage an equal range. But it is the 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD that is the undisputed leader in the segment averaging 25 MPG, which is considerably higher even than the Kia Stinger GT2 that sits in second place. However, both these sedans come with smallish tanks that can hold just under 16-gallons.

2021 Dodge Charger R/T Sedan Interior

7.0/10

If you are an avid fan of the Charger then you will instantly recognize the interior of this car, it hasn’t changed much over the years. Dodge has made the cabin more functional than luxurious but we still have some carbon fiber inlay pieces scattered around to suit its sporty nature. There are options like Nappa leather upholstery or suede for headliner if you wanna feel comfy while hearing that V-8 roar. The front seats on the R/T come with a better quality cloth upholstery and are decently bolstered. While the second r, the headroom might suffer be a problem for taller folks. 

Models

2021 Dodge Charger R/T

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

2021 Kia Stinger GT2

2021 Chrysler 300S V8

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.6/59.5/41.8

37.4/58.3/42.1

38.3/56.4/42.6

38.6/59.5/41.8

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.6/57.9/40.1

37.5/57.1/40.3

37/54.8/36.4

37.9/57.7/40.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.5

16.1

N/A

16.3

The Dodge and Chrysler also get very similar cabins and with identical layouts, it is difficult to distinguish between the two. On the other hand, the Toyota Avalon TRD looks upmarket and plush and with its neat and new-fangled design, it does feel contemporary. Kia Stinger’s interior is very much inspired from the Mercedes-Benz but some notable differences keep them apart. While the Stinger’s cargo space is not known, both the other competitors have almost similar space as the Dodge with trunk volumes over 16cu.-ft. Some salient interior features include:

  • Illuminated cup holders (Optional) 
  • Dual-zone climate control 
  • 5 USB ports
  • Carbon fiber inlays
  • Suede headliner 
  • Cruise Control

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Dodge Charger R/T gets equipped with a sharp and clear 8.4-inch touchscreen and makes use of the Uconnect software. This screen is easy to use and has aplomb response timings. You seldom feel a lag and features like the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that are available as standard add to its practicality. The way the dashboard cantilevers a little over that touchscreen helps it get better visibility on sunny days. The orange & red UI of the software goes well with the sporty character of this car and with an inch-perfect 19-speaker premium sound system there is not much to complain about. Other notable features of the infotainment system include:

  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • 19-speaker premium audio system
  • SiriusXM
  • Uconnect 4
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay 
  • Bluetooth 
  • Handsfree calling
  • Voice commands 

2021 Dodge Charger R/T Sedan Exterior

8.6/10

The 2021 Charger looks like a muscle car from every angle. It’s enticing in its design and looks undeniably handsome. It incorporates the traditional Dodge design elements like an open grille but induces an element of modernity into it. The paperclip-styled DRLs make the car look angrier and it sports a hunkered-down hood with a functional hood scoop. From the side, it looks bulky and beefy and is touted to be an aerodynamic design. Move to the back and you can instantly recognize the traditional taillights which carry an element of familiarity. 

Models

2021 Dodge Charger R/T

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

2021 Kia Stinger GT2

2021 Chrysler 300S V8

Curb Weight (lb)

4291

3655

3829

4013

Length (inches)

198.4

195.9

190.2

198.6

Width (inches)

75

72.8

73.6

75.0

Height (inches)

57.8

55.9

55.1

58.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.2

5.3

5.0

4.8

Wheelbase (inches)

120

113

114.4

120.2

Bigger is always better and the Charger and Chrysler 300 both are bigger, better, and heavier in the segment. No doubt we have a V-8 engine under the hood. Both the cars are even longer in overall length as well as the wheelbase of 120 inches. The Dodge also sports the highest clearance from the ground alongside the Toyota Avalon of over 5.2 inches. Some of the salient exterior features include:

  • LED Foglights
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Functional Hood Scoop
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Optional Red Brake Calipers 
  • Rear Spoiler 

2021 Dodge Charger R/T Sedan Safety

9.0/10

The 2021 Dodge Charger performs impressively in the NHTSA tests managing a 5-star rating. However, it scores 4-stars in the frontal crash tests. Similarly, while performance is supreme in a majority of the aspects, the driver-side small overlap and headlights are rated as ‘Marginal’ and ‘Poor’ respectively. Additionally, the R/T does not come equipped with the best features in the segment, but one can also equip the sedan with the available optional packages to get access to the best features. Some notable safety specifications include:

  • Forward collision warning 
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-go
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear cross-traffic alerts
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Parking distance sensors

2021 Dodge Charger R/T Sedan Competition

8.0/10

2021 Dodge Charger R/T vs 2021 Chrysler 300S V8

In a closely contested segment, the Dodge Charger R/T and Chrysler 300 S are rather equally matched. While the former gains ascendancy in power and performance, that is not the only deciding factor. The Chrysler sports a commodious cabin and additionally also is the more frugal option. Above all the design language of both the cars is miles apart. Where the Charger looks mean and sporty the Chrysler 300S looks like that experienced veteran who doesn’t believe in show-off. 

2021 Dodge Charger R/T vs 2021 Kia Stinger GT2

The Kia Stinger GT2 is a cohesive unification of aggressiveness and luxury, and it is almost instantaneously likable. It is equally powerful, despite its twin-turbo V6 engine, and is even distinct in the way that it drives. Kia sports an upmarket and visually appealing cabin design, while the Dodge Charger R/T ditches aesthetics for practicality. Amongst the two, the final decision will depend on whether the buyer wants a rugged and muscular sedan or a plusher alternative. 

2021 Dodge Charger R/T vs 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

The Toyota Avalon TRD is an all-around and multi-faceted vehicle. It is astonishingly beautiful and looks better than most of its competitors. However, when compared to the Dodge Charger R/T, the Avalons focus more on sophistication than on being a true-blue performance sedan. It might be underpowered and lack the exhilaration its rivals possess, however, it is uber-luxurious and can vaunt reliability as its major strength. 

2021 Dodge Charger R/T Sedan Final Verdict

6.3/10

If you are considering buying the new Charger R/T, then no other car will suffice your needs as long it comes in the muscle car segment. Yes, the Chrysler 300S seems like a very good option but the stealthy exteriors won’t fit in the slots of what you have in your mind. And anyway, the moment you turn on a Charger R/T, that V8 growl will captivate your mind & heart. The interior design of the Charger lags behind the competition but it has been this way for ages, so probably you are ready to live with that. Thus the 2021 Charger R/T is a family sedan perfect for people who are still young at heart.