Used 2017 Dodge Charger SRT 392
Pros & Cons
- Unmatched variety of engines, trim levels and equipment yields plenty of customization opportunities
- Available V8 engines provide abundant power for your money
- 8.4-inch touchscreen is one of the easiest tech interfaces to use
- V8 engines will make you a regular at the gas station
- Interior is less spacious and refined than other large sedans
- Sloping roofline impedes visibility and rear seat entry
- The ride may become too firm with one of the several available sport-tuned suspensions
Used 2017 Dodge Charger SRT 392 for Sale
Edmunds' Expert Review
With all the various 2017 Charger models, engines, suspensions and even steering tuning available, it's probably no surprise that driving impressions can vary widely. Inevitably, though, the 2017 Dodge Charger proves that driving a large sedan doesn't have to be boring. The base V6-powered cars are softly tuned and aren't much fun to drive enthusiastically around turns, but the performance-oriented models demonstrate precise steering and very good body control, which helps driver confidence. The latter improves incrementally with each higher level of the available sport-tuned suspensions, although the ride also becomes firmer with each as well.
For power, the 3.6-liter V6 (Charger SE or SXT) is adequate, but it can feel outmatched at times by the sedan's weight. We've also noticed that this engine sounds a bit coarse when you're accelerating hard at higher rpm. Stepping up to the 2017 Charger R/T's 5.7-liter V8 solves both problems. This is classic American muscle-car power at its best, and the engine works brilliantly with the eight-speed automatic transmission to provide effortless performance at any speed.
Moving up to the R/T Scat Pack or the 392 trim brings a larger, gloriously American 6.4-liter V8 that serves up downright beastly acceleration with a soundtrack to match. And then there's the SRT Hellcat, one of the most absurdly powerful cars on the planet. Is 707 hp really needed, especially in light of the 392 engine? Of course not, but there's no other four-door car in this price range that accelerates with that kind of ferocity.
Although the 2017 Dodge Charger is oriented toward performance, its cabin has a much broader appeal thanks to a sleek dashboard design. There are some rather large expanses of plastic and black rubbery trim that may be off-putting, but given the Charger's asking price, interior quality is appropriate. The aesthetics are further enhanced by some retro-inspired touches here and there, including the T-handle shifter for the automatic transmission. We're also fans of the 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, as it has large "virtual" buttons, an intuitive layout and even quicker responses for 2017. Even the smaller 5-inch screen in the base SE model works well.
The Charger has a vast amount of shoulder room, and the front seats are as roomy as you'd expect in a large sedan. In fact those of small stature may actually feel as if they're being swallowed up by the gargantuan chairs. The mix of leather and simulated-suede upholstery in certain Chargers is appealing and improves support during spirited driving.
The backseat provides plenty of room, but rival front-wheel-drive sedans generally offer more headroom, and their legroom isn't compromised by a massive driveshaft tunnel. Compared to other performance-oriented cars, however, the Charger offers a sensational amount of space. The same could be said about the trunk, although at 16.5 cubic feet, it too is unremarkable for a large sedan.