2011 Dodge Charger vs. Its Competition

2011 Dodge Charger R/T
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The rear-wheel-drive 2011 Dodge Charger lands in an odd spot in the market; it doesn't quite compete with luxury sedans like the BMW 5-Series and Infiniti M, but it has a different layout, sporting pretenses, and a lot more personality than the likes of the Toyota Avalon, Buick Lucerne, or Chevrolet Impala.

The Nissan Maxima has front-wheel drive but is more upscale and stylish inside, with an inspired but not high-performance feel.

For those looking more for comfort but with rear-wheel-drive poise and a true luxury-car feel, the Hyundai Genesis is worth considering, too.

A compromise—and a completely different beast—is the Ford Taurus SHO; with its powerful EcoBoost turbocharged V-6 engine and all-wheel-drive layout, it's more sophisticated but also more expensive.

2011 Dodge Charger R/T2011 Dodge Charger
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2011 Chevrolet Impala 4-door Sedan LS Retail Side Exterior View2011 Chevrolet Impala
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2011 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan Limited FWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Ford Taurus
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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Auto Grand Touring w/Black Leather Angular Front Exterior2011 Hyundai Genesis
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2011 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan Maxima
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Quick Specs
8.0
The Charger R/T is a passionate play in a niche full of milquetoast four-doors. You don't have to wear a mullet to love it and own it.
6.8
It's big and reasonably priced, but the 2011 Chevrolet Impala can't match other full-sizers on sex appeal or high-tech features.
8.0
The 2011 Ford Taurus isn’t quite a game-changing sedan, but it's a handsome, solid, high-quality choice.
7.8
For road or track, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one of the best performance values on the market.
7.8
The 2011 Nissan Maxima is no longer primarily a sport sedan; think of it as comfortable and refined first, with its sportiness a bonus, and you’ll be happy.
MSRP From    
$25,395$24,495$25,420$22,250$31,750
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class    
LargeLargeLarge CarsSubcompactMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Rallye Plus RWD4-Door Sedan LS Retail4-Door Sedan SE FWD2-Door 2.0T Manual4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55545
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODContinuously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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