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MSRP: $27,995 - $62,295
Invoice: $27,281 - $59,522
MPG: 19 City / 31 Hwy
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Dodge Charger Performance

Test drivers say the 2015 Dodge Charger is as comfortable on public roads as it is exciting on the track, thanks to its powerful engine options and responsive, comfortable ride. They add that the Charger’s eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and that its available Brembo brakes are strong.

  • "Overall the Charger's ride is compliant, comfortable, and it's easy to talk with passengers without having to compete with the radio." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Charger may have aggressive styling but it rides as smoothly as some luxury sedans. The 2015 model's suspension has been further fettled from an already fine starting point, gliding rather than merely ‘riding’ on its absorbent independent front and rear suspension." -- Edmunds
  • “But even more impressive than the Charger SRT Hellcat's confident and nimble performance at Summit Point Raceway … was its supple, refined performance on the public roads leading to and from the track. Remember, it's a four-door sedan with room for five, and even if you never sampled all of its 707 horsepower you'd still enjoy driving it." -- Forbes

Acceleration and Power

The base 2015 Dodge Charger SE comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 292 horsepower and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on every model. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The Dodge Charger R/T model comes with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 370 horsepower. According to the EPA, the base 2015 Dodge Charger SE gets 19/31 mpg city/highway, which is average compared to other V6-powered cars in the class.

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392 models come with a 6.4-liter V8 that makes 485 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The high-performance Charger SRT Hellcat comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. According to Dodge, the Hellcat can reach a top speed of 204 miles per hour and can travel a quarter of a mile in 11 seconds.

Reviewers think the Charger’s base V6 engine has abundant power for most driving situations. They rave about the Hellcat’s power and say it delivers incredible acceleration. They also note various driving modes allow for the Hellcat to drive like a regular family sedan. Test drivers report that the eight-speed automatic shifts seamlessly.

  • "After spending time with the base 3.6-liter V6 engine, which is available on both the SE and SXT, I found it to be quiet while serving up ample power. The 8-speed auto didn't hunt for gears and ride noise was kept at a manageable level." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With the familiar base-level 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 under the hood, the SXT is no rocket ship, but it is adequately quick for non-enthusiast buyers, especially paired to the eight-speed auto." -- Motor Trend
  • "Acceleration is breathtaking, vertigo-inducing and doesn't really slow for shifts. By the time you blink, you're into the next gear and getting ready to grab the right paddle again. We tried manual mode a few times, but trying to learn the track and the car, and shift, all above 120 mph, was a little too much to take. Thankfully its performance-shifting algorithm nails the changes almost every time." -- AutoWeek
  • "Oh, and what about the Hellcat? Thoroughly developed electronics enables you to select modes that will restrain the suborbital supercharged thrust according to what's appropriate for the setting, to the point that it'll proceed as benignly as any family car. Loosen all the electro-manacles, though, and it delivers thrust that few sedans, let alone super sports cars, can match." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

The 2015 Dodge Charger comes standard with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available. Critics write that the 2015 Charger handles relatively well, but that at highway speeds the steering can be touchy. However, higher trims have various adjustments to make for more accurate steering. They say the Charger exhibits minimal body roll, and that the available Brembo brakes bring the Charger to a stop with ease.

  • "Combined with the stout and firmly damped chassis, the steering points the car just where you ordered, until you ask too much and the front tires begin to howl in a duet of understeer." -- Car and Driver
  • "Its new electric power steering is geared and weighted appropriately for a full-size car, though some will find its highway tracking a little light and sensitive. Charger models that include adjustability of the steering effort permit you to firm things up for sporty road driving and offer specific settings for the racetrack that are sensitive but not over-assisted." -- Edmunds
  • "We didn't perceive much body roll and the car seems to drive a little smaller than its dimensions would suggest. In fact, thanks to its improved visibility and sloping nose, the Charger is actually easier to drive than its shorter Challenger platform mate." -- Left Lane News
  • "Our confidence grew quickly and remained high on every lap, thanks in no small part to the massive disc brakes- 15.4-inchers in front and 13.8-inchers in back, clamped by six- and four-piston Brembo calipers, respectively - which never exhibited any fade, even when tasked with yanking the 4,575-lb behemoth back from the near 150 mph speeds we hit on Summit Point's long straightaway." -- Yahoo Autos
Review Last Updated: 12/5/14

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