The best performance sedans typically come from the luxury makes, but the Dodge Charger brings such potency to the masses. Your cost and overall performance range from mild to wild, an unusual span among mainstream models.
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2018 Dodge Charger Overview
What's New for 2018
For 2018, Dodge discontinued the Charger’s base SE model and realigned its engine offerings. All models are now rear-wheel drive, except for the all-wheel-drive only GT trim. The Rallye Group Package, previously available with the base models, is no longer offered. Now standard across the model line is a rearview camera and park assist.
Choosing Your Dodge Charger
Designed to seat five and with an emphasis on performance, the 2018 Charger supplies the amenities common to large sedans. The standard 3.6-liter V6 generates 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque or 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque with the GT grades.
Three V8 engines should satisfy most any buyer’s need for speed. A 5.7-liter V8 engine makes 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. The Charger’s largest engine, a 6.4-liter V8, packs 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Exclusive to the SRT Hellcat is this Dodge’s most powerful engine, a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with an output of 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. All four engines work alongside an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features include automatic headlamps with LED accents, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and a rear spoiler. A tilt and telescopic steering column, dual-zone climate control, six-speaker audio system, and a seven-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, two USB ports, and an audio input jack are also included. Equipment availability varies depending on the selected grade.
Buyers have a choice of 13 exterior colors, including Redline Red Tricoat Pearl ($695) and up to three interior colors.
While 475 horsepower sounds like a lot, the R/T 392 and SRT 392 are really the sweet spot for the Charger. They also give customers a wide range of price and style options (including the flashy Daytona trim), and are the smart choice for performance-minded consumers.
2018 Dodge Charger Review
If you’re looking for a mainstream rear-wheel drive full-size sedan, the 2018 Dodge Charger won’t disappoint. Dodge has the segment well covered too, supplying engine choices ranging from mild to absolutely wild, wrapped within a timeless package.
Dodge offers a dizzying array of trims and packages to accompany the Charger, its four-door sports sedan. The Charger R/T 392 is our “best value” choice as it brings one of three V8 engines offered (a V6 with available all-wheel drive is standard) and pairs this engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Autostick for manual gear management.
The R/T 392 starts at $41,090 (including a $1,095 destination charge). Standard features include a rear lip spoiler, dual power-operated and heated side mirrors, climate control, a rearview camera, and a 6.4-liter V8 engine.
Several package options are available, including a Beats Audio Group, Harman/Kardon Audio Group, Dynamics Package and a MOPAR Interior Appearance Group. Wheel, seat, navigation, and individual upgrades such as a power sunroof allow for customization. We found the Quick Order Package is the most cost effective as it ties in many of the key elements of several packages and individual items to one package.
- Model: 2018 Dodge Charger R/T 392
- Engine: 6.4-liter V8
- Output: 485 hp/475 lb.-ft.
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
- MPG: 15 city/25 highway
- Options: Quick Order Package 21Y Daytona 392 ($4,450, MOPAR cold air intake system, 20-inch forged painted aluminum wheels set within performance tires, upgraded brakes, power-heated side mirrors, Daytona decals and badging, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats and leather seats).
- Base Price: $46,090 (including the $1,095 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $44,068
The 2018 Dodge Charger produces 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque from its 6.4-liter V8 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission works alongside this engine.
We like this sedan’s throwback behavior, embodied in a rear-wheel drive package powered by a robust, if not thirsty, V8 engine. It rides as well as some of Europe’s finest luxury sedans, with excellent acceleration and superb handling. Although there is no manual gearbox available, the Autostick feature is a worthy substitute for controlling gears.
To no surprise, the Dodge Charger R/T consumes a lot gasoline. This model requires premium gasoline and only makes an EPA-estimated 15 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. You’re considering this model for performance, not efficiency, so keep this thought at the forefront of your thinking while shopping.
Interior and Exterior
The coke-bottle style of the Dodge Charger hearkens to another era, but still looks great more than a decade after this model’s reintroduction in the mid-2000s. Its blunt nose, strong shoulders, high waistline, firm roofline, and wide rear deck enhance this sedan’s sporting credentials.
Inside, you’ll find room for five and, unlike some models, it makes good on that space. That said, tall passengers may find the sloping roofline invades on headroom space. A roomy trunk supplies 16.1 cubic feet of storage space.
This model comes with full power accessories, satellite radio and HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a UConnect interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Best and Worst Things
Competing large mainstream sedans lack the fun-to-drive characteristics inherent to the Dodge Charger, but this comes at the expense of fuel economy and a costlier grade of fuel.
The enthusiast who wants the performance of the two-door Challenger, but the convenience of a four-door sedan.
Anyone preferring a modern style. There's no masking the retro-influenced style of the Charger. If you’re looking for a sleek sedan, nearly every competing model meets that test.
The Bottom Line
The Dodge Charger has aged remarkably well, maintaining its performance thrills in an old-school form. Outside of the Chrysler 300, there isn’t anything else like it among mainstream models.
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