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.

Best Value

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

Performance

Dodge Charger

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.

Right For...

Dodge Charger

The enthusiast who wants the performance of the two-door Challenger, but the convenience of a four-door sedan.

Wrong For...

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.