2018 Dodge Charger vs. Its Competition

2018 Dodge Charger in B5 Blue
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

No Dodge Charger shopping trip would be right without a visit to the (often adjoining) Chrysler showroom to check out the 300 that shares its platform and most of its powertrains with the Charger.

Look at the 2018 Dodge Charger as a performance car and you'll definitely want to look at the Chevrolet SS if you can still find one; it gave up the ghost with the 2017 model year.

As a substitute, a lesser Cadillac CTS has peerless handling and a pretty, angular shape, but will a turbo-4 satisfy the grunting alpha you’re trying to out? The Nissan Maxima offers lots of style but isn't as polished to drive as any Charger.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Genesis G80.

Its interior is properly luxurious, but it doesn't deliver the driving thrills you'll get from a Charger.

If it's a more comfortable ride you're seeking, the Buick LaCrosse is more entertaining to drive than its staid demeanor may suggest.

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2018 Chrysler 3002018 Chrysler 300
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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2018 Dodge Charger has aged remarkably well–and if it’s four-door muscle you need, few sedans deliver its performance thrill.
6.8
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is a proper flagship, a refined and comfortable sedan with only a few quirks.
7.5
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V scorches the earth, and leaves the E63 and RS7 with some burn marks.
6.7
Classic lines? Big V-8 power? Rear-wheel drive? The 2018 Chrysler 300 still has us by the feels.
7.0
The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a zippier alternative to more traditional full-size cars, but we stop short of calling it a real sports sedan.
8.3
Plush, safe, and well-equipped, the 2018 Genesis G80 remains a pure luxury sedan, even as rivals get increasingly sporty.
MSRP From     
$28,995$29,565$46,495$28,995$33,420$41,750
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsMidsize CarsMid-SizeLarge CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
SXT RWD4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWDTouring RWDS 3.5L3.8L RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedan4 Door SedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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