2017 Dodge Charger

Starting MSRP: $27,995 - $65,945

Estimated MPG: 19 city / 30 hwy

2017 Dodge Charger Review

Traditional full-size, rear-wheel drive mainstream sedans are a scarce commodity, but the 2017 Dodge Charger successfully satisfies this category. With available all-wheel drive on the base V6 engine and an explosively powerful Hellcat edition, the popular Charger offers something for nearly everyone.

By Matt Keegan
Last Updated 07/05/2017

The Dodge Charger is a full-size sedan that holds five and is offered in SE, SXT, R/T, Daytona, R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat trims. All but the SE and SXT trims are performance-oriented models.

The Charger Daytona and Daytona 392 models are new for 2017 and include a unique front fascia, hood, graphics, rear spoiler, finishes and seats. Wider wheels and improved braking are among the other updates. Also new for most models is the fourth-generation 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Exterior

Exterior

The 2017 Charger offers an athletic look with its bold front fascia, strong shoulders, high beltline and raised rear deck. Various embellishments including aluminum wheels and “blacked out” trim, and body skirting further distinguishes some trims.

All models are equipped with automatic headlamps and daytime running lights. Halogen projector headlights are standard, while the top-trim models have HID lights. Power adjustable side mirrors are standard. LED track lighting and dual exhaust tips mark the rear fascia.

The base SE trim comes with 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, while aluminum wheels ranging in size from 18 to 20 inches are available. Fog lamps are added at the SXT level, while projector fog lamps are included with the Daytona through SRT 392 trims. Numerous package choices or options bring in unique colors, a sunroof and graphics.

Interior

Interior

The Charger is a roomy full-size sedan that seats five. Rear-seat space is not as generous as what’s found in such front-wheel drive models as the Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera. The Charger’s 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat provides access to the trunk and its generous 16.5 cubic feet of storage space.

Standard equipment includes keyless entry and push button start, air conditioning, power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cloth seats, a six-way power driver’s seat and a power trunk release. Sport cloth or leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are available. SRT models add a flat-bottom steering wheel. Daytona models include suede/leather seats with Daytona logos.

Performance

Performance

A 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque is standard on the Charger SE and SXT trims. All-wheel drive is available. Dodge Charger R/T and Daytona models are powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine making 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque.

A 6.4-liter V8 engine that makes 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque is included with the R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392 and SRT 392 trims. An electronic limited slip differential and a sport- or performance-tuned suspension are included with these models, as well as with the Charger R/T and Daytona.

Placing a capstone on the model range is the Charger SRT Hellcat. It’s powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with an output of 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. This model’s SRT-tuned suspension includes adaptive damping along with Street, Sport and Track modes.

All four engine choices are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick and paddle shifters.

The base Charger gets an EPA-estimated 19/30 mpg city/highway, while the more powerful models like the Charger SRT 392 deliver 15/25 mpg.

Technology

Technology

Look beyond the base SE trim and the Charger offers an impressive list of standard and available technologies.

The base 2017 Charger SE is equipped with a basic Uconnect infotainment system, including Bluetooth, a USB port and a 5.0-inch touch screen. Starting with the SXT level, an upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch screen is standard. It features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as an additional USB port and an upgraded audio system. Rear parking sensors are available on the base model, and a rearview camera is optional on the SXT trim.

A Uconnect navigation system is standard on SRT 392 and Hellcat trims and optional elsewhere (with the exception of the base model). A six-speaker audio system is standard. A 10-speaker BeatsAudio system is optional except in the base and upper trims. The two top trims offer a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

A competitive list of driver-assistance features is also offered with the 2017 Charger. It includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.