The Dodge Charger made its triumphant return to the muscle-car segment in 2006 and went through a thorough restyling in 2015 to freshen it up. Despite its new looks and wild powertrain updates as of late, the 2019 Dodge Charger remains basically a nearly 15-year-old sedan. Does it still have a place on the market? Keep reading to find out.

Best Value

The Dodge Charger has a wide range of trims that go from the mild-mannered, V6-powered SXT model to the wild 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat model. This gives it a flavor for just about any buyer, but if we have to pick just one as the best value, it would be the base SXT model.

Sure, the 2019 Dodge Charger SXT isn't the performer of the group, but dollar for dollar, it delivers everything most buyers want. This is especially true when looking at its standard features, which include keyless ignition, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 17-inch wheels, and more.

  • Model:2019 Dodge Charger SXT
  • Engine:3.6-liter Pentastar V6
  • Output:292 hp / 260 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain:Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy:19 City / 30 Hwy
  • Options: None
  • Base Price: $30,390 (including the $1,395 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price: $30,390

Performance

Dodge Charger

From top to bottom, the 2019 Dodge Charger is a great performer. Even the base SXT with its 292-hp V6 engine delivers good straight-line acceleration. Plus, the eight-speed automatic transmission does a great job managing the wide range of power effectively.

For those looking for serious speed, the 2019 Charger has this in gobs. The optional 5.7-liter V8 hustles to 60 mph in under six seconds while the optional 6.4-liter V8 does the same in 4.5 seconds. Strap in the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 Hellcat powerplant, and this sedan hits a supercar-level 0-to-60 sprint time of just 3.7 seconds.

With all this power comes great thirst, as the V6 engine delivers just 19 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg combined, but makes up for that with 30 mpg highway, according to the EPA. The V8 options, however, offer no mercy at the pump. They range from 16/25/19 mpg (city/highway/combined) with the 5.7-liter to just 13/22/16 mpg in the Hellcat.

The Charger also shows its heft in the corners, as its 4,000-pound body does its fair share of leaning in sharp bends. Some may forgive this as a trade-off for the Chargers compliant ride

Style

Look up "‘Murican" muscle in the dictionary, and you’re likely to see a picture of the Dodge Charger staring back at you. It's modern American muscle car through and through, and it only gets better as you move into the more performance-oriented models that toss in snorkel hoods and big scoops.

Inside, Dodge doesn’t hide its stabs at retro looks with its black-heavy color scheme and tons of straight lines. Of course, there are touches of class buyers may not expect in this type of vehicle, including its soft-touch dash and huge infotainment screens.

All that said, the Charger’s design is effectively 15 years old, so there are a few compromises that newer designs have worked their way around, including a lack of rear knee room for taller passengers and a lower roofline that requires a little more ducking to avoid a concussion. But this old-school design makes up for that with its cavernous 16.5-cubic-foot trunk.

The Best and Worst Things

The 2019 Dodge Charger’s wide range of engine options is a huge asset for this lineup. It gives many types of buyers a car that suits their needs.

The Dodge Charger’s looks are ancient and way behind the times. While some buyers may appreciate this old-school approach, its rivals lap it every year with the latest in styling advancements.

Right For? Wrong For?

Dodge Charger

The Charger is the perfect sedan for the performance lover who now has a family to haul around. Its rear seats and trunk have all the room they need to tote around the kiddos and their gear, but its powertrains have the oomph to satisfy the heavy right foot.

The Charger won’t work for buyers looking for the latest in design and engineering. Its appearance is ancient and all its advanced safety gadgets come with a hefty entry fee.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Dodge Charger makes no attempts to hide its identity. It's a muscular sedan cut from the same cloth of muscle cars from the 1960s. Its interior isn't the best, its design is dated, and it lacks many of the standard safety goodies its competitors offer. But it remains at the top of its game in performance, which keeps fans coming back for more.