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Dodge Charger Review

The 2015 Dodge Charger ranks 8 out of 11 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Dodge Charger, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Dodge Charger has muscular engine options and a comfortable ride, according to the automotive press, which says it's a pleasant sedan in town and a thrilling partner at the track.

A V6 engine is standard in the 2015 Dodge Charger, and test drivers say for day-to-day driving it delivers good power. Several V8 engines are available, including the high-performance SRT Hellcat that delivers excellent acceleration and punch, reviewers say. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. Automotive journalists say the standard eight-speed automatic transmission delivers precise shifts. According to the EPA, the base Charger with a V6 engine gets 19/31 mpg city/highway, which is typical for V6 models in the class. Automotive journalists say the Charger handles relatively well for a large sedan, but that when pushed, it can suffer from understeer. Reviewers say the 2015 Charger has a comfortable ride.

Though the 2015 Dodge Charger's interior isn't as high-quality as several competitors', it's considerably better than in previous models, critics say. They find the seats too soft for long-haul trips, but they say legroom in the front and rear is quite roomy. The Charger's trunk space is on par with the class, according to critics. The 2015 Charger comes standard with a USB port, a six-speaker stereo and an auxiliary jack. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a sunroof, navigation, satellite radio, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, three upgraded audio systems and a Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen display. Critics think the Uconnect system is one of the best in the class, but that some touch-screen selections can be tough to reach.

  • "Upgraded for the new model year with more refinement, mostly improved styling and a wide selection of powertrains, the Charger is one of the most versatile sedans on the market place, capable of catering to growing families or performance junkies (or both)." -- Left Lane News
  • "If you're looking for a big sedan that stands out from the crowd, the latest Charger is an attractive offering at multiple price levels." -- Edmunds
  • "We count eight full-size contenders to the Charger. … only two contenders offer a V8 engine, and none are as powerful as the Charger's available 485-horsepower 6.4 - to say nothing of the 707-horse Hellcat. Although anyone looking at a full-size car - or even a midsize one - would do well to consider Dodge's big sedan, it's that last factor, especially, that makes it fully worthy of its Charger badge." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A Charger is a big car, but like a heavyweight contender, it's got some moves and is eminently comfortable in its skin." -- Car and Driver

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Other Cars to Consider

The Chevrolet Impala has an available V6 engine that critics say is powerful and delivers quick acceleration. They also note that the Impala has a luxury-like interior, and it has one of the largest trunks in the class.

Auto writers report that the Toyota Avalon has an attractive interior made of top-notch materials. They say the Avalon has comfortable seating, and they like that it has many standard features for the class.

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Details: 2015 Dodge Charger

The 2015 Dodge Charger has five seats and comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available, as well as more powerful V8 engine options. The Charger has four main trim groups: SE, SXT, R/T, and two high-performance SRT trims. The Dodge Charger gets refreshed exterior styling for 2015, but otherwise has received few major changes since its redesign for the 2011 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/16/15

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