2020 Dodge Charger Review

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2020 Dodge Charger Overview

For 2020, high-performance versions of the Dodge Charger get a few updates.

Dodge introduces a new widebody exterior that comes standard on the 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat and is available as an option on the Charger R/T Scat Pack. It adds 3.5 inches in width and features different front and rear bumpers.

The Charger lineup includes the SXT, SXT all-wheel drive (AWD), GT, R/T, SRT Hellcat, and the R/T Scat Pack.

The SXT comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The SXT AWD and GT get the same engine as the SXT but with 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. The V6 manages 19 mpg city, 30 highway, and 23 combined with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and 18, 27, and 21 with AWD.

The first V8 in the lineup comes with the R/T trim. It’s a 5.7-liter unit that makes 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to get the Charger from 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The R/T Scat Pack’s 6.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 makes 485 hp and 475 lb-ft. According to Dodge, the Scat Pack with the optional widebody treatment can do 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds. The SRT Hellcat comes with a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 that makes 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The SRT Hellcat does 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

The SRT Hellcat comes with SRT-tuned Bilstein adaptive dampers and a Race Cooldown feature, which runs the intercooler pump and the fan after the car is turned off to help cool the supercharger. The SRT Hellcat also comes standard with Line Lock, which locks the front brakes to hold the car in place while leaving the rear brakes unengaged. The R/T Scat Pack gets Brembo brakes and stiffer suspension.

Standard features include a power driver’s seat, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and rear parking sensors. Options include a 9-speaker Alpine stereo, Nappa leather seats, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch wheels. The R/T Scat Pack comes standard with heated cloth sport seats, a heated steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Charger includes 16.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

The current Charger gets a 5-star overall rating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While it received mostly top “Good” scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it received a “Marginal” result in the small front-overlap test and a “Poor” rating for its headlights. The Charger is available with forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.

The Charger competes with other performance sedans like the Dodge Challenger and the Chevy Camaro.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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