2018 Dodge Charger Review

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2018 Dodge Charger Overview

Those looking for a muscle car that can truly handle a family will find exactly what they need with the 2018 Dodge Charger. This cousin to the 2-door Challenger provides a roomy backseat, a large trunk, and plenty of power to get your heart racing. There’s plenty of space for 3 passengers in the rear seats, and as a 4-door sedan, you don’t have to be a contortionist to climb inside. For 2018, the Charger offers a wide range of trim levels to suit a variety of budgets and performance needs.

The revised Charger lineup now starts with the base SXT trim, which features a 3.6-liter V6 engine good for 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, this powerful V6 still manages to be fuel efficient, with figures of 19 mpg city, 30 highway, and 23 combined. The SXT now features a standard 7-inch Uconnect 4 touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reversing camera, and rear park assist. The Uconnect infotainment system continues to be one of the easiest and most intuitive systems available, making for frustration-free connectivity.

The Charger SXT Plus trim features the same V6 engine as the SXT and can now be equipped with the new Super Track Pak, which boosts the V6’s output to 300 hp and 264 lb-ft and includes performance appearance enhancements like Nappa/Alcantara performance seats. It adds Bilstein shock absorbers, a 3.07 rear axle ratio on V6 models, a performance hood with air induction, performance front and rear fascias, sculpted side sills, and the Dodge Performance Pages feature. Performance Pages provides information on reaction time, 0-to-60 times, a G-force indicator, lap times, and a programmable shift light indicator. If you prefer your muscle car with all-wheel drive (AWD), you can opt for either the Charger GT or GT Plus. In addition to AWD, the GT and GT Plus trims get the same boosted V6 as with the Super Track Pak, a unique gloss black fascia, 19-inch aluminum wheels, and Dodge Performance Pages.

Taking a step up in horsepower, the Charger R/T and Daytona trims come equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that delivers 370 hp and 395 lb-ft. The R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, and SRT 392 trims, meanwhile, keep the numbers climbing with a 6.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 good for 485 hp and 475 lb-ft. All V8 versions feature an active exhaust with a 2.75-inch electronically controlled active exhaust for that signature Dodge muscle-car sound. Two-piece Brembo rotors with 6-piston calipers come standard on the SRT 392, Daytona 392, and SRT Hellcat trims.

Sitting at the top of the heap is the Challenger SRT Hellcat, with a monstrous supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine with 707 hp and 650 lb-ft. It boasts a top speed of 204 mph, earning it the title of fastest and most powerful sedan in the world. This year, the Hellcat receives a new grille and fender badge, a Nano Steel wheel option, and optional black, orange, and gunmetal Brembo brake calipers. Also new are Demonic Red Laguna upholstery, a red IP badge, and optional dual Gunmetal Grey stripes.

This might be a muscle car, but that doesn’t mean it’s focused solely on performance. The Charger offers more than 80 available safety features, including full-speed forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control with full stop, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist. There’s a little something for audiophiles as well, with an available 10-speaker BeatsAudio system that features a 552-watt amplifier and a subwoofer in the trunk.

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Nicole Wakelin's passion for cars started on the day she went for a ride in a bright red Ferrari as a teenager. She writes reviews and covers everything cars for CarGurus, The Boston Globe, BestRide, and Be Car Chic and blogs all things geek over at TotalFanGirl.

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