2015 Dodge Charger

Starting MSRP: $27,995 - $65,174

Estimated MPG: 19 city / 31 hwy

2015 Dodge Charger Review

Performance cars traditionally have two doors, but the four-door 2015 Charger muscles in where others dare not tread.

By Matt Keegan
Last Updated 05/03/2016

The 2015 Dodge Charger is a traditional, full-size rear-wheel drive sport sedan with room for five. A V6 engine is standard, while all-wheel drive and three V8 engine choices are available. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Charger is a close sibling to the two-door Dodge Challenger, and both models now offer explosive 707-horsepower Hellcat variants.

Exterior

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The Dodge Charger is a mean-looking sport sedan. Dodge calls it “the only four-door muscle car in the world” and it is the mechanical twin to the Dodge Challenger coupe. The Charger is slightly longer and roomier than the Challenger.

For 2015, Dodge rolled out a mid-cycle refresh that shrinks the crosshair grille and puts a stronger emphasis on the lighting assembly with a new LED daytime running light design. Other changes to the fascia bring in available LED fog lights, a revised lip and a new fender.

The latest edition also brings in a new aluminum hood, new front doors, a three-piece spoiler and the brand’s signature LED racetrack tail lamps. The Charger’s aggressive persona is enhanced by powerful shoulders, swoosh profile scallops and a coupe-like roofline. Special color and blackout options, available forged-aluminum wheels and other embellishments are available.

Interior

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Slip behind the wheel of the 2015 Dodge Charger and you enter a sedan that is amongst the roomiest in its class. The full-size Charger seats five with two bucket seats up front and a split-folding bench seat to the rear. That seat holds two people very comfortably and three adequately. The middle position is hardly the penalty box you see in most models, although the drive shaft hump does intrude.

The driver’s seat is comfortable and supportive, with sufficient head, shoulder, hip and legroom. Adjust the seat and the steering wheel to find the right position for your long drive. Dodge’s engineers provide an interesting workaround for the sloping roofline, what normally restricts headroom. Specifically, the rear seat is pushed back far enough to where the heads are under the rear glass and not the headliner. Even tall passengers should find ample room without banging their heads.

Two analog displays — tachometer and speedometer — dominate the Charger’s instrument panel with a digital driver information display centered between the two. The expected cruise and secondary driver controls are stationed on the steering wheel, which is wrapped in leather.

At the top of the Charger’s center stack is a 4.3-inch color display for the sedan’s Uconnect infotainment system. Higher end models are outfitted with an 8.4-inch display. Moreover, the display is easy to read and Uconnect is one of the better systems on the market that ties in audio, navigation, climate and other systems to a touch screen. However, the SE edition does not include navigation.

Dodge makes available knobs and switches to adjust climate control, which are located beneath the display. Immediately below that is an open storage compartment for your smartphone along with a 12-volt outlet. USB and auxiliary input connections are located in the storage compartment between the front seats. A sport transmission stick is located between the seats and can be operated in manual mode, using forward or backward clicks for shifting.

The usual power accessories — windows, door locks and side mirrors — are included. Standard cloth seats can be upgraded to leather with nearly 20 interior color and trim options available. Each model comes with four cup holders and four bottle holders, the latter found in the oversized door pockets.

Performance

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Dodge outfits the Charger with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A Ralleye group package provides an output of 300 horsepower. This engine is included with the SE and SXT editions.

Choose the R/T or R/T Road & Track editions and you’ll get a 5.7-liter V8 engine rated at 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. The SRT 392 model is outfitted with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine rated at 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The high performance editions are armed with larger tires, aluminum wheels, and six-piston Brembo brakes. Every Charger comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The SRT Hellcat is a beast unto itself. Where the other three Charger engines are normally aspirated, Dodge employs a supercharger supplied by IHI Turbo America to produce 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. This track-ready super sedan has a top speed of 204 mph, making it the fastest sedan in the world.

As tested, the V6 powered Charge SE delivers generous performance. Its off-the-mark acceleration is good and provides smooth shifting through all eight forward gears. The transmission stick can be operated in manual mode for more engaged driving. This rear-wheel drive sedan is balanced with very good steering, superior handling and excellent braking.

Dodge does not offer a manual transmission with the Charger, to the chagrin of rabid followers. To best enjoy twisty roads, paddle shifters offer the next best thing, but weren’t included with the SE edition.

Overall we give the Dodge Charger an 8 with the V6, a 9 with the two smaller V8s and a 10 for the Hellcat.

Technology

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Technology plays a significant role in helping to set the Charger apart front the pack. Beyond the engine choices and the transmission, the Uconnect infotainment system is where this model shines. That system features an 8.4-inch color display in the center of the dash. A second, 7-inch color display is found in the instrument panel and is fully customizable.

Uconnect ties in entertainment, phone, navigation, voice commands and Wi-Fi to one system. It is found across the Fiat Chrysler spectrum and offers a 4.3-inch screen in base models and the larger screen elsewhere. 

When fully packaged, Uconnect offers navigation, as well as satellite radio with traffic and travel link. You also get vehicle health reports, emergency assistance and voice texting capabilities. SRT editions keep tabs on your performance, enabling you to track your real-time statistics. The Charger is also a Wi-Fi hotspot that enables you to connect to the Internet.

Safety

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In safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2015 Dodge Charger was crash tested in four categories: moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints & seats. In each test the Charger scored “good” for the Institute’s highest score.

Dodge outfits every Charger with a host of safety features, including front, front side and side curtain airbags. Each model comes equipped with traction control, stability control and hill start assist. Available options include: blind spot and cross path detection, a backup camera and rear parking assist.

Cost-Effectiveness

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Standard pricing for the 2015 Dodge Charger ranges from $27,995 for the base SE edition to $35,995 for the R/T Road & Track edition. Two special edition models are also available: the SRT 392 ($47,385) and the SRT Hellcat ($63,995).

All-wheel drive adds $3,000 to the SE and SXT models; both come equipped with the V6 engine only. To get V8 power, the R/T and R/T Road & Track editions offer a HEMI motor displacing at 5.7 liters. Choose the SRT 392 and you get a HEMI motor displacing at 6.4 liters. The Hellcat comes equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine.

The Dodge Charger is nearly unique amongst large sedans with only the Chevrolet SS also offering rear-wheel. The SS, however, retails from $45,745, which is well above the price of a V8-equipped Charger.

Overall

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If it is a sporty look that you want, the Dodge Charger delivers. The base engine offers good performance and the available HEMI engines raise the muscle car quotient further. Numerous technology and appearance packages can add several thousand dollars to your cost.

The SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat editions are marketed separately. Diehard enthusiasts with deep pockets comprise that demographic.