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The Dodge Charger is one of Chrysler's big rear-wheel-drive (mostly) cars, and a relative of the Dodge Challenger two-door and the Chrysler 300. A mid-size, four-door sedan, the Charger also now has staked its claim as the fastest sedan in the world. Not the V-6 version, not the basic HEMI V-8--the car that launches itself into the stratosphere is the revived SRT edition--now with the Hellcat... Read More Below »
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The Dodge Charger is one of Chrysler's big rear-wheel-drive (mostly) cars, and a relative of the Dodge Challenger two-door and the Chrysler 300.

A mid-size, four-door sedan, the Charger also now has staked its claim as the fastest sedan in the world. Not the V-6 version, not the basic HEMI V-8--the car that launches itself into the stratosphere is the revived SRT edition--now with the Hellcat tag, with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, and with a rollicking total of 707 horsepower, pushing it to more than 200 mph.

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The original Dodge Charger was built in 1965 as an option package for the Dart GT, then from 1966 to 1978 as a rear-wheel drive, two-door muscle car. It was built in four generations over the 12-year run, though the second-generation car, built from 1968-1970 is probably the most recognizable. This version was, and still is for many, the iconic Charger. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Charger was available with the same engines as the Challenger, including the 426 cubic-inch Hemi, the 440 Magnum and 440 Six-Pack.

From 1983 to 1987 the Charger was re-envisioned as a compact hatchback, a popular seller spun off from Mitsubishi mechanicals--but a true Charger, that was up for debate. From the end of that model's run, the Charger name was put on ice until it returned in 2006.

Based on the same platform as the Dodge Challenger muscle car, the 2006 Charger sedan made legitimate claims to the Charger heritage, with design cues that reinforce those ties. In base SE form it featured a not-so-muscular 2.7-liter V-6 engine paired to a four-speed automatic, but still delivered the size and comfort of a large sedan. The SXT trim level substituted a 3.5-liter V-6 and added Sirius Satellite Radio, traction and stability control, plus a power driver's seat among other options. The R/T package added a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine rated at 368 horsepower, and a special AutoStick automatic transmission, a performance exhaust, plus steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power/heated front seats, and power heated folding side mirrors. The range-topping SRT8 featured a 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 and 425 horsepower output, capable of hauling the big sedan to 60 mph in the low-five-second range.

For 2011, Dodge gave the Charger a redesign, with a more outrageous take on the exterior styling, combined with a more modern and contemporary dash that felt far better detailed that the old interior. Chrysler's Pentastar V-6 was introduced as the base engine, making 292 horsepower, while HEMI-powered models were bumped up to 370 hp and the top SRT8 was boosted to 6.4 liters and 470 hp. The Charger also became more tech-proficient, with a new Garmin navigation system, an in-car WiFi system (using USB dongles), and got some safety-related systems like active cruise control and blind-spot monitoring.

For those considering the V-6 Charger, 2012 or newer are the model years to get; that's when Dodge introduced a new eight-speed automatic transmission that gave the base SE and SXT models a far more refined feel, as well as improved performance and highway fuel economy of up to 31 mpg. In 2013, the Rallye Appearance Group and Blacktop Package upped V-6 output to 300 hp with a cold-air intake and performance exhaust. Also a Beats by Dr. Dre audio system was introduced, a new pitch-black roof option could be specified, and the Garmin navigation features were improved.

For 2013, a new Charger AWD Sport edition became available on either the V-6 or V-8 (non-SRT) versions, with added power on the six-cylinder car and 19-inch wheels and tires. Dodge also launched the 2013 Charger Daytona edition with new graphics, a more aggressive exterior look, and small tweaks to gearing and suspension for sharper performance. 

For 2014, the Charger saw few changes: a new Redline Package emerged with a tuned version of the 3.6-liter V-6, packaged with a few styling tweaks and an upgraded audio system.

The 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat is this year's big news. With the same supercharged V-8 as the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Charter's actually quicker, thanks to smoother aerodynamics. It accelerates even quicker (0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, officially). And its top speed is a holy-rolling 204 mph.

Each Charger Hellcat comes with a new Drive Modes feature, allowing Sport, Track, Default, and Eco settings that alter transmission shift points, paddle-shifter behavior, traction controls, and suspension. They can also limit power; the Charger Hellcat includes a red and a black keyfob—with the black one offering reduced engine output. There's also a Valet Mode--as there should be for a sedan priced from $61,000.

The 2015 model year also brings revised styling inside and out to all Chargers, SRT or otherwise. The exterior is a grown-up version of the Dodge Dart's styling, and the interior gets updated materials and design tweaks to keep it looking fresh. Dodge managed to make a pretty significant change to the Charger's look without touching the middle of the car; the doors and body shell carry over, while the front and rear see big modifications.

Used Dodge Charger Models

The Dodge Charger, introduced in 2005 and restyled in 2011, is a rarity: a large rear-wheel-drive sedan from a U.S. volume car maker. Neither Ford nor Chevy offers one (except for police cars), so the Charger--as well as its pricier upscale sibling, the Chrysler 300--offers performance potential that other large sedans don't. The base model has had various V-6 engines, but the V-8 models and the snarling Hemi versions are what justify the Charger's extroverted lines and give it something of a bad-boy street image. The 2011 revamp improved the car notably, especially inside, with much better-quality materials and finishes, not to mention improved sound insulation.
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Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
4-Door Sedan AWD RT (3)
4-Door Sedan AWD RT Specs $33,395 $31,854 15 23
Max Specs $33,395 $31,854 15 23
Plus Specs $33,395 $31,854 15 23
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT (2)
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT Specs $32,195 $30,750 18 27
Plus Specs $32,195 $30,750 18 27
4-Door Sedan RWD (2)
Road/Track Specs $30,695 $29,370 15 25
SE Specs $26,995 $25,966 18 27
4-Door Sedan RWD RT (4)
4-Door Sedan RWD RT Specs $30,695 $29,370 15 25
100th Anniversary Specs $30,695 $29,370 15 25
Max Specs $30,695 $29,370 15 25
Plus Specs $30,695 $29,370 15 25
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 (2)
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 Specs $46,385 $44,770 14 23
Super Bee Specs $43,385 $42,010 14 23
4-Door Sedan RWD SXT (3)
4-Door Sedan RWD SXT Specs $29,695 $28,450 19 31
100th Anniversary Specs $29,695 $28,450 19 31
Plus Specs $29,695 $28,450 19 31
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