Review: 2018 Dodge Charger

Review: 2018 Dodge Charger

The 2018 Dodge Charger has muscle car styling, making it an unlikely yet ideal family sedan. With spacious seating, the latest in tech and entertainment, and a roaring engine, the Charger ups the ante in the full-size sedan segment.

If you’re ready to see what the Dodge Charger has to offer, read our full review below then visit our convenient Newton location for a test drive:

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2017 Charger has six trims: SXT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392, SRT Hellcat, and the new GT. Lower trims have a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, with rear-wheel drive. The all-new GT has the same engine, amped up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, with standard all-wheel drive – just what you’ll need during those New England winters.

The Charger also offers three variations on a V8 engine: a 5.7-liter that makes 370 horsepower, a 6.4-liter that makes 485 horsepower, and a 6.2-liter supercharged engine that churns out 707 horsepower. All engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

According to EPA estimates, the V6 engines get up to 19 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, while fuel economy varies on V8 variants. The most efficient V8 gets 16 MPG city and 25 MPG highway, while the Hellcat gets 13 MPG city and 22 MPG highway.

Entertainment and Comfort

New for 2018, the Charger features standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, known as the gold standards for smartphone integration. Other standard entertainment and connectivity features include a 6-speaker audio system, dual USB input, Integrated Voice Command, Uconnect 5.0 infotainment, and a Media Hub. Upper trims feature a Harman Kardon sound system with 19 speakers and subwoofer, and Uconnect 8.4 with or without Navigation, including Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth tech, and streaming audio.

Standard seating includes cloth upholstery, 6-way power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Additionally, you have the option for ambient interior lighting, Memory System for seating, mirrors, and audio, auto-dimming mirrors, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a universal garage door opener. Seating options include houndstooth sport cloth, performance cloth, sport leather, leather/suede, and Laguna leather, so talk to your McGovern rep about what comfort and luxury mean to you.

Safety and Technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2018 Dodge Charger with a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. This model year, Dodge added a standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

Additionally, each trim comes standard with Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Rain Brake Support, Ready Alert Braking, Sentry Key anti-theft engine immobilizer, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Optional features include Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, and ParkSense Rear Park Assist.

Pricing

Starting at $38,495 MSRP