Based on the SXT Auto RWD 5-passenger 4-dr Sedan with typically equipped options.
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120.8 cu ft
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2017 Dodge Charger Expert Rundown
Looking for the quintessential American performance sedan with massive power, brash styling and abundant personalization potential? The 2017 Dodge Charger may be your perfect match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
TRAVIS LANGNESS: I'm editor Travis Langness, and this is Edmunds' expert rundown of the 2017 Dodge Charger. The 2017 Dodge Charger is back looking pretty much like it's looked in the past, for the past few years. It does get some new additions, like a new Uconnect screen, as well as new active exhaust on certain trim levels and some new forged wheels for the hellcat model. But as always, you get the standard V6. You can get all wheel drive with that V6 on a couple of the trim levels. But really what you're looking at for the charger is the V8s. There's three available V8s, there's the 5.7, the 6.4, and then there's the 6.2 liter supercharged V8 in the hellcat, putting out 707 horsepower, just roasts tires all day long. Basically, this is a muscle car with four doors. It's a throwback. It's not going to be as comfortable or as practical as pretty much all of the mid-sized sedans out there, but it's definitely got a lot more attitude. This thing has got presence on the road and you feel that when you're driving it, and when you're looking at it, even when it's just parked. On the inside, the rear seat is a little bit less roomy than some of the competitors, but it does have nice seats, good leather surfaces, as well as that new, as we mentioned, updated Uconnect screen up front. But really what you're looking at, here, is a car that doesn't get as good fuel economy as some of its rivals. It has poor rear visibility, and there's limited cargo space for a sedan. Bottom line, the 2017 Dodge Charger isn't as practical, but it's definitely still likable. It's got a lot of character, a lot of charm. For rivals, we recommend checking out the Chevy SS, the Chrysler 300, and the Ford Taurus. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
A full-size sedan that carries one of the most recognizable nameplates among American performance cars, the 2017 Dodge Charger upholds the model's tradition of combining sporty looks with performance that ranges from decent to outrageous. Even at its most basic, the Charger isn't exactly your garden-variety family hauler. The backseat lacks the roominess you'll find in many of its competitors, and the sportier suspension options tend to make for a firm ride. Still, the Charger survives for a reason: It holds significant appeal for buyers in the market for the style and performance of a classic muscle car that can still manage a commute to work with reasonable aplomb.
After a major update two years ago, the Charger retains its retro '60s exterior styling for 2017. Changes include an upgraded Uconnect system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, new colors and wheel choices, an optional active exhaust system and available houndstooth upholstery. But perhaps the biggest news of the year is the return of the Charger Daytona with touches such as unique bodywork, special graphics, interior upgrades and the choice of two engines.
Inside, the driver and front seat passenger will find a generous amount of legroom, hiproom and shoulder room, although those in back won't be able to stretch out quite as much. The materials selected for interior surfaces on the base model can best be described as utilitarian, but all the latest bells and whistles are either standard or optional, so Charger buyers won't lack in the technology department. And those who crave a bit more luxury can opt for higher trim levels with available leather upholstery and other upscale touches.
The entry-level powerplant is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Other available engines include V8s with 370 hp and 485 hp. But for those who want bragging rights to arguably the fastest sedan in the world, nothing less will do than the Hellcat's supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that puts out a whopping 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in all models.
Fuel economy with the base six-cylinder engine is EPA-rated at a combined 23 mpg (19 city/30 highway), while moving up to the 5.7-liter V8 will net a rating of 19 mpg combined (16 city/25 highway). Don't even ask about the Hellcat.
The entry-level Charger SE comes fairly well equipped, although performance with the base V6 is underwhelming. The SXT, still with a standard V6, adds some useful interior and exterior features, while the R/T, Daytona, R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392 and SRT 392 start piling on the performance goodies. Then there's the SRT Hellcat with more power than any reasonable human could ever need on the street. But who wants to be reasonable?
If you think the 2017 Dodge Charger might be the performance sedan for you, let Edmunds help you choose the model that best fits into your lifestyle.
Popularized by NASCAR dominance and later a hokey TV show, the Dodge Charger is one of America's most revered performance nameplates. Originally an icon of the muscle car era, the Charger was reborn as an affordable performance sedan -- and it's one of the better ones available in this market niche.
The current Dodge Charger may not be the two-door muscle car you remember from the '60s (to the chagrin of traditionalists, it's a four-door sedan), but it does a fine job of being a modern interpretation. As a bonus, the latest Charger has a usable interior and plenty of standard equipment. Think of it as a muscle car the whole family can enjoy.
Current Dodge Charger
The current Dodge Charger is based on the same platform used for the Chrysler 300. As such, the Charger has four doors and is a fairly large sedan. Its front-end styling is much more aggressive than the 300C's, and the rear roof line slopes downward in a coupelike fashion.
The current Charger is available in five trim levels: SE, SXT, R/T, SRT8 and SRT8 Superbee. The SE and SRT8 trims are only offered with rear-wheel drive, while the SXT and R/T can be rear-drive or all-wheel drive.
The SE and SXT come with a 3.5-liter 292-horsepower V6 engine that achieves good fuel economy given its output. Adding the Rallye Appearance Group or Blacktop package raises horsepower to 300. A five-speed automatic is standard on the SE; an eight-speed automatic is optional for the SE and standard for all SXTs.
Stepping up to the R/T gets you a 370-hp 5.7-liter V8 engine along with a sport-tuned suspension and a variety of luxury, convenience and technology items that are mostly available as options on the V6 trims. The R/T's Super Track Pak gets you additional handling and braking upgrades, including a three-mode adjustable stability control system.
The SRT8 ups the performance ante further by essentially pairing the Super Track Pak items with a 470-hp 6.4-liter V8. It gets an abundance of luxury features standard, but should you be OK with less stuff, the decontented SRT8 Superbee should do the trick. We hope you like yellow or black paint, though, as they are mandatory, along with some not-so-subtle Superbee graphics.
The current Charger scores points not only for the plentiful power output of its big V8 engines, but the ample grunt and decent fuel economy of the entry-level V6 as well. The spacious cabin, improvements in ride quality and interior design also contribute to the overall appeal. There are a couple downsides, notably a lack of rear headroom and lifeless steering, but overall the Dodge Charger is one of the most fun-to-drive large sedans on the market.
Used Dodge Charger Models
The current Dodge Charger was heavily overhauled for 2011. Although it maintained the platform of its predecessor, it is largely a redesigned model. Besides styling changes, interior quality, driving involvement and overall refinement were dramatically improved. Its new V6 engine was also a huge step up from the old six-cylinders. In the current Charger's first year, only the SE and R/T trim levels were available.
Although it's closely related to the current model, the Dodge Charger from 2006-'10 differed in many ways. At its debut, only SE, R/T and SRT8 trims were available. The SE had a 250-hp 3.5-liter V6, while the R/T had a 340-hp version of the current car's 5.7-liter V8. The SRT8 came with a 6.1-liter V8 good for 425 hp. All came with a five-speed automatic transmission. For 2007, a 190-hp 2.7-liter V6 engine became standard on the SE, while the 3.5 became optional.
From 2006-'10 Dodge offered a couple performance packages for the Challenger R/T -- the Daytona and Road/Track packages included sport-tuned suspension and steering. There was a SXT trim level from 2008-'10; it came standard with the 3.5-liter V6. Other notable changes for this period included an improved interior and new features in 2008 and an increase to 368 hp for the R/T for '09.
Overall, we were impressed by this revived Charger's spacious cabin, comfy ride, affordable price and available all-wheel drive. Of course, the big V8 was a nice bonus as well. However, the V6 engines were always disappointing, especially the 190-hp 2.7-liter, which was both underpowered and inefficient. As such, we would avoid it. The cabin also had a low-buck feel (even after the interior was improved for '08), with subpar materials and forgettable design. Rear seat entry was also hampered by the sloping roof line. But overall, this Charger will be a solid choice for a large sedan.
From a historical standpoint, the Dodge Charger originally debuted as a1966 model. This Coronet-based coupe had a unique look, with a sweeping fastback and concealed headlights. But it's the second generation of the Charger that was most popular. This was the one that served as the basis for the winged and race-wining Charger Daytona of 1969 and, later, the bright orange "General Lee" from the 1980s television show The Dukes of Hazzard.
Less popular were three successive generations of Chargers. Third- and fourth-generation models from the 1970s were emasculated by new emissions regulations. A fifth generation, made available from 1982-'87, was a variation of the front-drive Dodge Omni 024 economy hatchback. Near the end of its production, there were sporty, turbocharged versions modified by Carroll Shelby that culminated in the Shelby Charger GLH-S.