By on July 8, 2015

2015 Dodge Charger V6 AWD Rallye (2 of 13)

Looking at all the full-size sedans available in America is certainly a case of “one of these things is not like the other.” Dodge’s latest iteration of the LX-platformed, rear-wheel drive sedan sticks out like a sore thumb covered in beer and barbecue sauce.

The freshly facelifted, second-generation new Charger (it’s the seventh generation overall to use the nameplate) is exactly what I want in a pony car with four doors: mean looks, lots of power and a suspension more tuned for going in a straight line than around corners.

But, I am not going to say its better than the new Maxima — another full-size(-ish) sedan that makes a sporty claim. Actually, it’s definitely not as good as the Maxima.

And I couldn’t care less.


The Tester

2015 Dodge Charger V6 AWD SXT w/ Rallye Pack

Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC V6, direct injection (292/300 [Rallye Group] horsepower @ 6,350 rpm, 260/264 [Rallye Group] lbs-ft @ 4,800 rpm)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters

Fuel Economy (Rating, MPG): 18 city/27 highway/21 combined
Fuel Economy (Observed, MPG): 21 mpg, approx. 75 percent highway

Options: RALLYE Group, AWD Premium Group, Technology Group, Navigation/Rear Back­-Up Camera Group, Redline Tri­Coat Pearl exterior paint, Black Painted Roof.

As Tested (U.S.): $45,570 (sheet)
As Tested (Canada): $48,975 (sheet)


While the 2015 Charger is considered by most to be a facelift and not another notch on the generational headboard, the latest iteration brings with it enough change to completely ignore the 2014 model year should you find one of that particular vintage new (or used with 10 miles on the clock) hanging around a local Dodge dealer. Even with a steep discount, I’d be hard-pressed to spring for the previous model.

In addition to the wildly different front-end design, all Chargers now get an 8-speed, ZF-sourced automatic transmission as standard no matter the driveline or engine choice. From SE to Hellcat, everyone gets an 8-speed transmission — unless you’re a cop. Inside, materials are improved along with upgrades to the three-spoke steering wheel and 7-inch, IP-mounted display.

This is as close as you can get to a whole new generation. The only thing missing is a new platform. That isn’t due to arrive until 2018.

2015 Dodge Charger V6 AWD Rallye (3 of 13)

Exterior
Ditching the mildly dumpy headlights of the pre-facelift models, the Charger now sports some sharp eyeliner in the form of LED strips following the edge of the housing. The new lights, along with an updated grille and surrounding sheet metal, finally give the Charger a refined front fascia.

2015 Dodge Charger V6 AWD Rallye (7 of 13)

The rear offers up Dodge’s signature racetrack lighting — which would still be cool if designers at FCA didn’t stick the same element on the lowly Dart (I can forgive them for the Durango). A tail end that tapers inward the lower you look doesn’t give the Charger the most menacing look from behind, at least in this tester’s AWD configuration. Also, if you look closely at the picture above, you can plainly see some panel misalignment going on. I’d love to say the Charger is a quality product — because it feels it and looks it almost everywhere else — but misaligned panels are something that should have been eliminated eons ago with robots and lasers. This is just sloppy work. Damn Canadians.

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However, those aren’t the worst parts of the Charger’s design. When you get to the side profile, you are greeted by what looks like a Chinese-knock-off Nike swoosh molded into the sheet metal. I think the Charger would look a lot better with a simple body line — or, better yet, nothing at all — to eliminate distraction from a silhouette that easily casts the meanest shadow in the segment.

Another thing you will notice as you stare at its side: the wheels and fender-to-wheel offset. On all-wheel drive models, the Charger is shod with 19-inch wheels instead of the 20 inchers seen equipped with many other trims. Sadly, 19s almost look too small on the Charger, and the fender gap and body offset at the rear looks … weird.

Even with all its foibles, it somehow works together — but only just. It’s like a collection of Lego pieces from different sets being used to build something with a modicum of imagination. And it looks angry — as it should for a car that’s available with a 707-hp supercharged V8.

2015 Dodge Charger V6 AWD Rallye (12 of 13)

Interior
At first glance, our tester’s interior is downright garish. The leather seat and door inserts are colored a faded red that doesn’t match in the slightest with the shade of red worn by the car’s exterior panels. The leather itself, while it might be high quality, looks downright cheap due to the color. Thankfully, this particular interior is a Rallye Group option and can be replaced with simple black.

However, what’s not so good is a sense of cheapness exacerbated by certain leather panels that fit a bit looser than they should. I’ve seen this particular issue with leather in modern Chrysler products before — specifically the much-improved Chrysler 200 — and it makes the seats look like they’re wearing clothes one size too big.

Beyond the leather, the seats themselves offer significant support at this trim level, providing comfort for short city jaunts and long, cross-country drives. As I plodded my way down the highway on a late-night drive I took last week (which you will learn about a little later today), there wasn’t a single moment where I thought to pull over and take a break to stretch. Even the sole stop on the drive was of the drive-thru variety (you better believe it was Tim Hortons) and not a park-get-out-and-walk stop.

Aside from the seat and door leather, the look and the touch of the materials are high quality and there didn’t seem to be any fitment issues. My only complaint — if you can even call it that — is whatever material and pattern used for the dash topper seems to attract and holds on to dust like it’s a precious mineral. Wiping the dash with a microfiber cloth makes the issue worse as the soft-touch plastic grips to the cloth and holds onto its fibers.

Controls are well laid out thanks to large knobs and buttons for primary HVAC and audio controls, such as temperature, fan speed and stereo volume. It even has a tuning knob like the good ol’ days of 13-channel television sets.

The rear of the Charger offers just enough room to be borderline comfortable for full-sized adults. With myself plunked in the driver seat and my similarly-tall roommate sitting just aft of me, we had not an inch to spare between us, but I didn’t have to sacrifice my driving position either.

2015 Dodge Charger V6 AWD Rallye (11 of 13)

Infotainment
I like almost everything about uConnect — except for the name. Chrysler’s infotainment system, with its large navigational icons placed at the bottom of an 8-inch touchscreen, is one of the best in the business and easily beats those found in the new Maxima, non-Classic Impala and beige-a-tron Avalon.

The Charger also features another high-resolution display sitting between the speedometer and tachometer, offering up vital information for fuel economy, audio, navigation and a multitude of other pages you aren’t likely to spend much time using. The controls for navigating the pages displayed on the IP screen are mounted on the steering wheel and are dead simple to operate — just four arrow buttons and an OK button in the middle.

The tester also came equipped with the optional Beats by Dr. Dre 10-speaker audio system. When you are listening to audio from SiriusXM or your iPod over USB or Bluetooth, you aren’t going to hear much difference between this and other “premium” branded systems from competitors, but if the audio system is the deciding point of buying or not buying a Charger, you’re doing it wrong. That said, my untrained ear didn’t complain about the quality of tunes emanating from the system’s speakers.

Drivetrain
Considering the Charger can be had with the iron sledgehammer that is the 6.2-liter Hellcat V8, choosing a V6 to power your Charger seems like it might not be quite enough to motivate the large sedan. However, at least with our up-rated Rallye Group model, the 300-hp V6 was quite capable of throwing me back in my seat. While the Maxima might have more power thanks to its 3.5L V6, the Charger V6 sends its power to the back — or front and back, in this case — of the car through a real transmission with actual gears.

That transmission — the eight-speed ZF automatic — is great for fuel economy, but it isn’t the best when it comes to drivability. If you want a truly smooth transmission in your next large sedan, get an Impala. If you want a little kick in the backside as you hold mid-throttle going down the highway, stay with the Charger.

You’d think because the Maxima’s V6 is attached to a CVT that it would be the worse sounding option. Yet, thanks to the jesters at Bose, the Maxima pipes a nice engine note into the cabin. The Charger relies on a good, old-fashioned exhaust note to deliver the noise through all its sheet metal. With the Pentastar V6, the audible theater is somewhat underwhelming when at full trot. The engine itself even sounds a little tiny and rattly. I’m sure that can be easily remedied with two extra cylinders, though.

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Drive
Since the re-emergence of the Charger during the days of Daimler’s rein, Dodge’s go-to for easy fleet sales has slowly improved to become a valid contender for your hard-earned retail dollars.

To make sense of it, you really need to put it up against the Maxima — even if Nissan doesn’t think they are head-to-head competitors.

For one, the Nissan is the more sporting offering, at least when you are pitting apples-to-apples with available V6 models. While the Maxima will hug a turn and is not likely to get upset by road imperfections during your apex, the Charger still delivers a significant amount of rear suspension judder when passing over expansion joints and the like. You can easily feel the rear of the car come around in those events, albeit slightly, and it is only unsettling until you get used to it and know nothing will happen to you.

Also, Nissan brings all the Maxima’s handling prowess to the table thanks to some well-programmed computers monitoring your every input so it can make active adjustments to brakes and other control systems. The Charger: a sport button that changes the shift mapping and some other simple things easily handled by the ECU. There’s absolutely nothing fancy going on here, and it shows in the handling.

If you are looking for a driver-oriented cockpit, the Maxima wins this round as well, with an interior feeling very similar to the CTS Vsport in the way it encapsulates you. The Charger is much more open up front and lets you put your hand on the leg of the lady next to you.

But, there is no final nail in the coffin in this Charger vs. Maxima debate. The ride in the Charger is much more plush, though that might be down to the high-sidewalled tires of our tester. Also, infotainment and other controls are much more easily learned and utilized in the Charger. It’s certainly a get-in-and-go kind of car as every control is exactly where you think it should be … except the truck-style footwell emergency brake.

The final verdict: if you want a “four-door sports car”, get the Maxima. If you want a “four-door pony car” with a comfortable ride and minus all the technological gimmickry, go with the Charger.

I know I will.

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80 Comments on “2015 Dodge Charger V6 AWD Review — Four-Door Pony Car...”


  • avatar
    clivesl

    It’s probably my old eyes, but I can’t for the life of me see anything in those pics that looks misaligned. Would you mind pointing it out if possible?

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    This car definitely projects an aggressive and brash image and I certainly don’t fit it. But part of me really wants one. Available AWD, a variety of interesting powertrains in a solid heavy cruiser. It’s an honest three box sedan with edges and it looks good. It is almost a segment of its own and therefore doesn’t seem pressured to conform the way crossovers and midsize sedan entries do.

    If I was set on V6 AWD, I’d skip the Rallye and AWD Premium packages, opt for the AWD Plus package to keep the total at $36K. This $45K example is eye-watering and almost SRT 392 money.

    • 0 avatar
      clivesl

      I really like this toned down version.

      I’m seeing them on the road and they’ve hit that sweet spot between cartoonishly aggressive and just another sedan.

      You notice them, but you don’t immediately think mullet (I used to have one, I can make that joke).

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      I haven’t been the Charger’s biggest fan, but I’m liking this iteration. I’d take it over a Maxima any day. I agree that the Nike dent in the door needs to go, and those red seats! No thanks.

      • 0 avatar
        clivesl

        I think that you really need that character in darker colors. It doesn’t look good in red, but it does in black.

      • 0 avatar
        30-mile fetch

        I think it needs that Nike dent. The ~2007 Chargers had essentially the same body as this one, but without the dent and it was just a horrible, cheap, monotonous slab of sheet metal on those doors.

      • 0 avatar
        bunkie

        Having owned a red ’69 Charger as my very first car, I’ve always been a little ticked off that the new Charger is a four-door. In my opinion, the ’69 was the best-looking car the Chrysler Corp. has ever made. The ’69 had a door scallop as well, albeit a double scallop, one above the other. As the current car has progressed, it has gotten better looking and you can really see the effort to echo the design of the ’69. The scallop is an integral part of that look. I can see why some think it overdone, but those of us who love the ’68-70 body style get a warm and fuzzy from seeing it on current sheet metal.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Either way, the cheap plain door handles and window trim make it look like a dang rental car.

  • avatar
    Internet Commenter

    I thought the previous version before this styling refresh was the apex of that design. It looked aggressive and purposeful. This refresh makes the front end look like a Dart whose design is too soft, and simply incongruent with the remainder of the car. Although, I’m not sure what the next styling iteration could’ve been without making it look worse.

    Tangent: It also seems like the front end of Cadillac sedans don’t share the same design elements as the side/rear end. The front views look aggressive, the side views are average, and the rear views are on the verge of bland. It’s almost as if there were different design teams responsible for each side.

    • 0 avatar
      derekson

      You nailed my issue with the refreshed Charger: the new modern “Dodge corporate fascias” don’t match up with the overall shape of the car or the styling details on the sides and greenhouse. You can’t take a car that had a retro modern design and just stick a fully modern nose and tail on it. The whole car looks mismatched.

  • avatar
    John R

    $45,570?!

    I feel like you can get at least an R/T for that.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    Red interiors for life, though I don’t like how they mixed the red adn black on the seats. My 2013 Charger had all red seats which looked much nicer.

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    I actually think the side scallops make the car look significantly better than the older models and harkens back to the late 60s B bodies. The new front end looks better when the bumper is body colored though, but it is a whole lot better than the gaping maw started by Audi all those years ago.

    I also prefer firmer shifts instead of lazy ones, but that might be just me going back to old times.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    This car makes my eyes hurt.

    First, there’s the clashing reds. Either have interior and exterior colors that contrast or that actually match.

    Then, there’s the swoop in the side sheetmetal that has no purpose except to make the car look more garish.

    Then, there’s the door handles. The front door handle is lower than the rear one and it makes me crazy.

    Finally, there’s that godawful Ring o’ LEDs in the back.

    The platform is good, I’ve had better experiences with the 8-speed than Mark indicates, and the value is compelling. But I just couldn’t drive something as ugly as this.

    • 0 avatar
      clivesl

      You would be surprised how good this looks in Q-ship colors.

      Dark greys and blacks really tone down the worst bits and they make the swoop much more subtle.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Gosh Dal, I’m agreeing with you all over the place. The reds are awful, the leather fitting is awful. The door handles are straight out of the 2003 Neon catalog, and don’t fit the car. The window trim is fat and too matte, and looks very cheap.

      The panels aren’t aligned, same thing Chrysler was doing in 1983.

      The outer bits of the LED are of a different thickness and “texture” (when lit) than the rest of the ring. They are also not aligned at night. Looks ghastly.

      And I guess you won’t be using lazer cruise in a two-plate state eh? Cause it’s going right over the front of the sensor (which is oddly huge, by the way).

      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jtZ6l5iwLu8/UJRRgylsHTI/AAAAAAAAAD8/xyppsFYr4LU/s1600/2012_dodge_charger_.jpg

      Mmm, classy. I do think they fixed the lighting texture issue for the 2015 revision, from the evidence I’ve seen. But the lights still wont line up.

      • 0 avatar
        SC5door

        “The door handles are straight out of the 2003 Neon catalog, and don’t fit the car.”

        The Neon handles are flush with the body, these are not. So that’s false.

        “The outer bits of the LED are of a different thickness and “texture” (when lit) than the rest of the ring.”

        2015 uses a light pipe technology instead of individual LED’s.

        “And I guess you won’t be using lazer cruise in a two-plate state eh? Cause it’s going right over the front of the sensor (which is oddly huge, by the way).”

        The plate gets mounted higher on the fascia on all models. A quick search would have confirmed that. It’s also LASER and this uses radar (manufactured by Bosch) not laser technology.

        Your “nitpicking” gets a C for effort.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      I think the swoops supposed to “hark back” to to small fake vents on the ’69 Charger.

      I don’t like ’em myself.

  • avatar
    suspekt

    TLX SH-AWD all day over this.

    All the TLX really needs is a proper set of OEM wheels (easily rectified in the aftermarket) and a more agressive bumper package. I am a die-hard Honda-Acura customer BUT I will never forgive them for the usage of glue-on body kits. Absolutely aborrhent unforgivable practice. Honda just cannot commit to bespoke bunmpers EXCEPT for, it seems, on the Civic SI.

    Anyways, once Acura comes to its senses and offers a wide body (a la TLX racer) with a Twin Turbo V6 coupled with a 3 motor electric SH-AWD paired with a DCT (encompassing the 3rd electric motor), it might just be the first car I ever bought new.

    In other words, the NSX drivetrain minus the bespoke V6 and flipped around with the engine in the front.

    One can always hope

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      I can’t find any enthusiasm for the TLX. It has no road presence, no style, no character. Anodyne blah. That wouldn’t put me off much if it were brilliant to drive, but none of the reviews I’ve read suggest that is a strong suit either.

      The Charger has some compromises, but it at least has personality.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        “but it at least has personality.”

        And that personality is “uneducated hick in a rental car.”

        • 0 avatar
          30-mile fetch

          It is the baggage this model carries, yes, especially after the really cheap and crappy looking ~2005 models. That flavor isn’t as strong to me with this iteration.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I think we gotta wait approximately two years per model to see who ends up with them. I still see the 05’s driving around (sort of like the 300) and they just look like garbage.

          • 0 avatar
            anthonynj

            No comparison. 2015 is the 3rd model since then. Really, it is a new Dart and not a Charger, but they still call it that. 2006 was the first year of the new Chargers.

        • 0 avatar
          JD-Shifty

          vs the “pindick in a civic” personality.

        • 0 avatar
          chiefmonkey

          Let’s name all the cars that can commonly be found on rental lots today: Dodge Charger, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Volkswagen Jetta, Bmw 328i (Avis Luxury Fleet)…

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      You can get a 485hp Charger for $5K less than this test car that makes anything Acura makes completely irrelevant.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    19″ rims too small? Really? 17″ would be just fine for this car. Some of us prefer TIRES to rubber bands. Ride comfort and all.

    As for the front end, it looks OK to me. The first generation (2006) had in my opinion the best looking front. It was straight up menacing.

  • avatar
    statikboy

    It may be a good car, it may be a powerful car, but it is in no way a pony car.

    It’s not the number of doors that is the problem, although that’s arguable, but that it is neither small, nor lightweight.

    Per Wikipedia:
    [A] Pony car is… an affordable, compact, highly styled car with a sporty or performance-oriented image.

    Affordable? No. Compact? No.

    • 0 avatar

      It’s not a pony car in the same way a Maxima is not a sports car. But it’s as close as you can get with sedans.

      • 0 avatar
        clivesl

        I would say the word you are looking for is “Muscle”.

        I drove a 74 Grand Am with the 454 and this is its spiritual progeny, I can almost the feel the hair in the back if my head growing…

        • 0 avatar

          I actually wrote it first with muscle instead of pony. But, when I think V6, muscle is not associated.

          • 0 avatar
            clivesl

            I would agree with that for this particular tester, but let’s face it, the Challenger is the only legit Muscle Car left in America.

            Going entirely off of my personal definition of Muscle Car

        • 0 avatar
          Firestorm 500

          Grand Am would have had a 455. 454 is Chevrolet. I had a 454 Chevelle in ’74.

          I outran a 455 W-30 Hurst Olds. He stayed with me till about 93 MPH. Then I shifted into 3rd gear and walked away from him.

          Good times.

          • 0 avatar
            clivesl

            You have jogged my memory. I was thinking of my Dad’s Suburban with the 454.

            I think the Grand Am I had had the 400, it was the sedan Hunter Green over Avocado vinyl?

            I looked it up a few years ago, turn out they made less than 3000 of the particular model I had. That’s my one automotive regret is getting rid of that old beast.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Sweet… I’d love one although I’d rather have a V8.

  • avatar

    I’d rather have the Chevrolet SS with a stick, it’s around the same price point.

  • avatar
    Pch101

    Get the Charger. When it’s in the shop, then you can rent a Maxima, and your driving time will be divided evenly between the two of them.

  • avatar
    crtfour

    Thank you Chrysler for the huge LED light display on the back. Now I can pick out potential police cars at night which is helpful in my area where the highway patrol drives these.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      I wonder if, like the Neon (sorry, I mean Dart), the full ring is not standard equipment. In the Dart, only the lights on the fenders light up on the standard model, even though it has the full ring. You have to upgrade to get Dodge to light up the trunk portion of the ring.

  • avatar
    pbr

    >> If you want a “four-door pony car” with a comfortable ride and minus all the technological gimmickry, go with the Charger.

    Yes. I like these very much. But if I’m paying nearasdammit $50k, I’m getting a V8.

    Recalling the article asking what car would you not take for free, the option combo reviewed here would be on that list. Visually unbearable and way Way WAY too costly for a V6.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      I drove a $45K MSRP Scat Pack Challenger. The dealer knocked $5K off the sticker without me even asking. And that’s a car that people actually want, they can’t even keep them in stock.

      I’m sure even this ridiculously overpriced Charger can be had for far less.

  • avatar
    Firestorm 500

    The Charger is not a pony car. It’s more of a Clydesdale.

  • avatar
    Carrera

    I love the 2015 look. I think it looks sharp. I like the Rallye package as well. Unfortunately, I just need a cheap commuter car for when I move back home to Florida. My AWD days of playing in the snow are over. I sure will miss Halifax though.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    This “new” Charger reminds me of the older models, specifically the late 70’s luxury models.

    What was once a decent looking car is now cruising on with a very “vintage” platform with too many “face-lifts” that just wreck the styling.

    Enter tailights from a ’69 Charger, enter styling cues from the new budget Dodge Dart, enter a random “Nike swoosh” to break up the clean sides.

    I’m sure it’ll be reliable though, unlike a Dodge Dart I saw broken down, or a brand new Cherokee I witnessed being towed.

    Credit to Chrysler for now stuffing the Charger with a cheap MP3 player. If I want V8 sounds I’ll just watch Bullit.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      The lesson here is to stay away from Italian Chryslers and pick up a German one. And I don’t know why people are harping on the door detail that’s been there since 2011.

  • avatar
    Joss

    Red seats or the GTI’s plaid? Either may be eliminated. I’m still for Focus RS. But I wonder about the price.

  • avatar
    Featherston

    This Pentastar has direct injection? I’d read elsewhere that a directed-injected Pentastar was on the horizon (late ’15 or early ’16 calendar year) but that the Grand Cherokee would be the first recipient.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      This 3.6L Pentastar is port injected. The engine was originally designed with DI, however it hasn’t been implmented in production yet.

      • 0 avatar
        Featherston

        Thanks, I though that was incorrect.

        My family’s cars tend to get kept for 10+ years and are subjected to short, red-light-intensive trips. The tried-and-true port injection is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

  • avatar
    Zoom

    I like the new front end and race track rear lights. The side scallop doesn’t look vintage, it looks outdated. A complete deal breaker for me, and I’m in the market for a full size car. I’m not sure what else they could do, but that aint it.

    The wheel gap on both Charger’s and 300’s with AWD is also horrible.

  • avatar
    Quopar

    As previously noted, the problem with the AWD Chargers (300s too) is the jacked up ride height. They are significantly taller than their 2WD counterparts, and look to be on stilts. Do they expect AWD Charger owners to go mud bogging? The raised center of gravity will also diminish handling.

    I’m not sure if they do this for snow/chain clearance, or if there’s something in the AWD system, like a center diff, that needs extra clearance. It’s ugly enough to put me off the AWD models altogether.

  • avatar

    I’ve driven and made a completely unprofessional review about the new Maxima.

    It sucks.

    The CVT sucks.

    The interior space sucks.

    I’d take a Charger over the Maxima ANYDAY…but If I really wanted a “entry luxury car” around the same price, I’d get a Genesis V6 AWD or RWD.

    Thing is, so long as the 300 is in production – with a possible HELLCAT around 2017 – I’ll never have to make those choices.

    When I go to car shows it’s nothing but Chargers and Challengers. I win awards BY DEFAULT because I’m the only one showing up with new 300’s or Jeeps.

  • avatar
    loner

    I rented a Charger for a week recently. Police white, SE model, 2WD, V6.

    I’m not a Dodge guy at all. I tried convince the kids we should take the RAV-4 on the rental lot, but they wanted to look like they were riding in a police car. Despite my indifference to Dodge, I was surprisingly impressed with the Charger.

    PROS:
    -Looks 10x better than the previous model.
    -It ain’t 700 HP, but the 300HP V6 will SCOOT! There was always plenty of power for normal driving. Passing on the interstate would whip your head back.
    -31 MPG over the course of the week.
    -The 8 speed transmission was ridiculously smooth and never seemed to hunt gears.
    -Bluetooth audio on the base model was nice and worked well.
    -Fun to intimidate traffic with the police car looks.
    -The car felt very solid, with no rattles or squeaks after 11K miles.
    -Suspension was good, but not great.
    -Trunk was nice and large, with concealed hinges.
    -Kids were happy in the back seat, with plenty of leg room and built-in USB charging ports.
    -Keyless entry and ignition worked quite well.

    CONS:
    -The dashboard is very cheap-looking. This pertains to the upper dash, as well as the area surrounding the radio controls. It was the worst part of the entire car. (Is that praise or condemnation?) Door panels were also China-grade plastic.
    -The electronic instrument panel was atrocious, with the letters and numbers of the fuel gauge and transmission indicator running together in one big miss-mash.
    -Engine noise varied between burly and rattly. I was never sure if it sounded good or not.
    -Side mirrors are a bit small. I’d buy one with the back-up camera instead of the beeper system.

    OVERALL:
    I liked it, and my kids loved it. Everybody wants the V8, but the V6 is really nice. I’ll stick with Lexus and Acura, but this car makes me consider Dodge in a new light.

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    Ehh, no car with FWD and a CVT can be called 4DSC, as I recall the early 90s Maxima had the sticker on the side. I always wanted the sticker for my 6MT 37S sedan.
    If you have to own the derivative muscle car styling, I’d just go with the rwd and winter tires. This car just looks plain goofy.
    Agree with above poster, the Genesis sedan plays in this price territory, and has AWD as well.

  • avatar
    Senna1

    I’ve always felt a little dirty for liking the Charger, and secretly kind of wanting one; I’m glad I’m not alone.

    Sure, it’s ludicrously large, and a bit stupid, but if you want a (non-luxury) RWD full-size sedan with at least some sporting pretensions, what else fits the bill these days?

    With my family now including an infant son, the (im)practical realities of my beloved Mustang are starting to grate, and I’m really tempted to go test drive an R/T Road & Track* or Scat Pack. Keeping the fun of the ability to wind up a V8 coming out of a corner or off a light, while gaining usable rear seat space (and doors!) doesn’t sound so bad after all.

    *Whoever signed off on a model lineup that included the R/T R&T needs some serious lessons in product branding.

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    burgersandbeer

    How tall are you that a car with a 120″ wheelbase is “borderline comfortable”? Either you are over 6’2″ or the car doesn’t have great packaging.

    The leather fitment issue wasn’t obvious to me in the pictures. It isn’t just the gathered leather that Honda likes to use?

    I also had to really stare to kinda see the misalignment issue. I guess I’m fortunate that those things don’t jump out at me.

    Chrysler is an easy target for build quality and reliability criticism, but they have the most interesting offerings to me. Maybe a little too interesting to get my money (the styling of the grill is a bit much for me), but I’m glad this thing exists.

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    anthonynj

    46k for this car? How can the editor make such a mistake. WOW. IT IS NOT THAT MUCH. And they cant even figure out how to use the new 8 speed with the Hemi and AWD, so they stop making it and say (BS) it is because of sales. Sure. It may be a nice car, but it is NO WAY AT ALL better looking than the previous version. It has been neutered and watered down to appeal to today’s lovers of fugly and sheeple.

    The front end has been destroyed. A Dart front end and rear slapped on it. The front is not even close to as good looking as the previous model,and the rear is so far superior on the previous version that a discussion is not warranted. Even the interior, while nice, is not as good.

    The only nice thing I see is the two-toned interior colors. This is now a basic car, NOT a Charger. It is A NEW DART with the FUGLY SLANTED LOOK that these makers are using these days. AND THE LED FRONT LIGHTS ARE HORRIBLE, AS THEY ARE ON ALL CARS! THEY ARE BLINDING AND UGLY!!!!!!!!!!! I am just waiting for them to fugly up the Challenger to go along with the hideous model of Cherokee they have and the other fugly Fiat inspired junk they are now making.

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