by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 16, 2015
Prius! Mirai! Model X! These are three of our long-term fleet's newest vehicles, and two of them don't even use gas! But rest assured, oil executives of the world, our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 is still around to help do its part in keeping your company's balance sheets firmly in the black.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on April 5, 2016
Our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 test car made just four trips to the gas station during the month of March, during which time we added another 727 miles to the odometer. The result was a new "worst fill" average record of 11.6 mpg (down from 11.7), and a subsequent drop in average lifetime mpg from 15.3 to 15.2 mpg.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 9, 2016
Our long-term 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 traveled just over 1,000 miles this month and consumed 66.4 gallons of fuel, giving a result of 14.5 mpg. Though that's on the lower side, Josh Sadlier's gingerly foot managed to extract the best tank of gas we've seen yet: 25.9 mpg.
Even though the month's fuel economy result was low, the lifetime average only dipped one-tenth, to 15.3 mpg. That means our Charger is still hitting its EPA rating of 15 mpg combined with ease — and the occasional burnout.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on January 7, 2016
Our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 didn't see much action in December. Editors used it mostly for short commutes and when I had it during the New Year's week, I stuck close to home. All the city driving contributed to the Charger's December average of 14.7 mpg over just 1,155 miles. Overall economy barely budged, falling slightly from 15.5 to 15.4 mpg.
It rarely happens in long-term cars with gobs of power on tap, but our overall fuel economy continues to beat the EPA's combined estimate of 15 mpg.
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on December 8, 2015
It was hard to top our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8's record highs and lows from October, and in November we went back to our typical usage patterns. As you can see in the photo above, the Charger calls for 91 octane gas. This is the only place you'll see this, however. It's not noted on the fuel door or fuel cap.
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on November 6, 2015
It was a month of highs and lows for our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8. We drove it the most miles in a month (2,051) since we've had it. In those miles, we achieved its worst fill, followed by some of the best.
We filled the Charger's tank nine times in October. The worst fill to date — 10.7 mpg — occurred early in the month. It was a small fill-up where we covered just 54 miles before topping off. This low point was set by Reese Counts, our new vehicle testing assistant, but he quickly redeemed himself.
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on October 15, 2015
Our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 was busy in September, travelling just more than 1,500 miles. Those were mostly city miles, as the Charger's droning exhaust has discouraged folks from taking it out on the highway or for a weekend cruise. We're working on an exhaust fix, but in the meantime, we did make some substantial tech upgrades to the car. It now has a much improved and more loved infotainment system.
We filled up the Charger's tank seven times in September. We averaged about 13.7 mpg for the month, which in turn brought down our lifetime mpg from 15.3 to 14.9 mpg.
What does that translate to in dollars? We've been using Fuelly to keep track of the fuel costs and have some interesting stats.
2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Fuel Economy Update for August — Squeaks Ahead of EPA Rating for First Time
By Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on September 17, 2015
Our 2007 Dodge Charger apparently wants to be considered the Most Interesting Car in the World because its motto is, "Stay thirsty, my friends." The SRT8 is indeed a thirsty beast, but in August it finally surpassed the EPA's combined estimate of 15 mpg by a whisker, climbing to 15.3 mpg. Prior to August, the Charger had been sitting at 14.8 mpg.
August 6, 2015
Our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 is going to test our creativity for writing the monthly fuel economy updates. Pretty much every month is going to be some version of: "It guzzled gas like Moses finding an Orange Julius after emerging from the desert."
As consolation though (to our gas budget, if not necessarily the planet), gas is cheap right now.
2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Fuel Economy Update for June - Thirsty Muscle Pulls Very Close to EPA Rating
July 15, 2015
Our long-term 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, which is powered by a 425-horsepower, 6.1-liter V8, traveled about 1,640 miles in June. Those miles were a mix of highway and city driving, with the longest trip being a drive to the California high desert for a photo shoot.
The Charger had eight fill-ups in June. It calls for premium fuel and it sure was thirsty, but we knew that going in. I plugged the numbers into Fuelly.com ? just like we did for the departed Lexus ES300 - and in the process, became the first, and only, person on Fuelly to track fuel costs on an SRT8.