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2021 SXT 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $31,125
2021 GT 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $33,400
2021 SXT 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $34,725
2021 GT 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $36,400
2021 R/T 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $39,125
2021 Scat Pack 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $43,450
2021 SRT Hellcat Widebody 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $72,125
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3.1 (Good)

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What's New

The 2021 Dodge Charger lineup gains an SRT Hellcat Redeye model with 797 horsepower and a top speed of 203 mph. The Redeye's new performance hood makes its way onto the regular SRT Hellcat, which gets a modest bump to 717 hp. The rest of the Charger roster carries over with minimal change.

The current Charger design dates back to 2011.

Choosing your Dodge Charger

The Charger now comes in six trim levels: SXT, GT, R/T, Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat, and SRT Hellcat Redeye.

Pricing starts at $31,490 and stretches all the way to $80,090 for the Redeye.

Engine Choices

The Charger starts out with a V6 engine, and two normally aspired V8s are available. The SRT models come with nothing less than supercharged V8 power.

Engine TypeTrim LevelHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
3.6L V6SXT, GT300 hp264 lb-ft23 mpg
5.7L V8R/T370 hp395 lb-ft19 mpg
6.4L V8Scat Pack485 hp475 lb-ft18 mpg
6.2L Supercharged V8SRT Hellcat717 hp650 lb-ft15 mpg
6.2L Supercharged V8SRT Hellcat Redeye797 hp707 lb-ft15 mpg

Rear-wheel drive is standard across the lineup and mandatory with a V8 engine. All-wheel drive is available on the SXT for $3,600, and $3,000 on the GT. All models use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Charger is a full-size sedan that seats five with no problem. The trunk measures 16.5 cubic feet, an average showing for this class.

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Safety Features

The Charger comes standard with rear parking sensors, but that's it. Everything else is bundled into an option package that contains a variety of equipment.

Blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert is available in the Driver Convenience Group ($1,295) and Plus Group ($1,995 to $2,895) for non-SRT models. This feature is standard on the SRT models.

The Technology Group ($1,895) includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and wipers, and front collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking. These items aren't available on the SRT Chargers, which isn't surprising given their dragstrip nature.


The Charger's standard infotainment system includes a 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers, satellite radio, two USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Those USB ports will come in handy because wireless device charging isn't offered.

The Plus Group for the SXT adds an 8.4-inch touchscreen, HD radio, six Alpine speakers, and wi-fi capability. These features are standard starting with the GT. Navigation is a $995 standalone option on all trims.

A nine-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system is available on the GT and above for $1,095 to $1,995, depending on the trim.

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Charger SXT — MSRP From $31,490

The entry-level Charger offers an eight-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, proximity key access, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

In addition to its safety and connectivity upgrades, the sprawling Plus Group ($2,895) adds Nappa leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power passenger seat, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview, heated side mirrors with reverse tilt, LED interior lighting, and more. For performance, the bundle includes a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels, and a rear spoiler.

With the Plus Group selected, the Driver Convenience Group drops to $795 and adds HID headlights, LED fog lights, and a universal home remote. The heated seats, steering wheel, and mirrors are available separately in the Cold Weather Group for $695. A single-panel sunroof costs $1,295.

Charger GT — MSRP From $33,490

The GT wears a performance hood and aerodynamic front and rear fascias. The sport-tuned suspension and 20-inch wheels are standard, along with paddle shifters and houndstooth cloth sport seats.

The GT is eligible for a Performance and Handling Group ($1,595) with even firmer suspension tuning, Brembo brakes, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and black wheels and brake calipers.

Charger R/T — MSRP From $38,490

The R/T moves further into performance territory with the 5.7-liter V8 and an electronically tuned exhaust system. Two additional option packages become available.

The Daytona Edition Group ($3,995) features a cold air intake system and special trim and badging throughout, plus nearly everything the Plus Group. The Carbon Suede Interior Package ($1,595) adds carbon-fiber interior trim and a suede headliner.

Charger Scat Pack — MSRP From $42,587

To go with its 6.4-liter V8, the Scat Pack gets a high-performance suspension, standard Brembo brakes, launch control, a limited-slip differential, and special Sport and Track driving modes. The heated seats and steering wheel are also standard.

The Dynamic Package ($2,295) endows the Scat Pack with six-piston front Brembo brakes, a flat-bottom leather steering wheel, and black brake calipers. The package is standard on the Wide Body variant ($5,500), which carries 2-inch wider wheels and an adaptive suspension with ride stiffness settings.

Charger SRT Hellcat — MSRP From $71,490

The Hellcat boasts the 717-hp supercharged V8 and the Wide Body performance upgrades as standard. Other features include forged aluminum wheels, hood heat extractors, and an available Laguna leather interior with Alcantara trim ($995).

Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye — MSRP From $80,090

The mightiest Charger of them all, the Redeye packs the 797-hp surcharged V8, which propels it from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. That makes it the fastest sedan in the world, according to Dodge.

Exclusive to the Redeye is a Power Chiller that helps cool the engine after racing using the air conditioner's refrigerant.

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Buyers who aren't interested in hitting the track should look at the GT, which behaves sportily enough while providing solid value and efficiency for a sedan of its size. In the performance realm, the Scat Pack pushes the envelope as far as it can go before price and sense become obstacles.

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Expert Review

  • Horsepower for days
  • Trio of available V-8s
  • Sinister styling
  • Affordable price
  • Outdated interior
  • Don't come for the handling
  • Inefficient
  • Top trims get pricy
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Time machine. Is any modern brand so adventurous and carefree as Dodge? Here's a company that, in the midst of an electric-car revolution, has developed a 700-plus horsepower supercharged V-8 and shoehorned it into every vehicle in their lineup. Watch any Dodge commercial or even glance through their product line: this is a company partying like it's 1969. And the life of the party? The full-size Charger.

As Dodge is an anomaly, so is the Charger. Full-size sedans have all but disappeared, yet the Charger lives on. Not only does it live on - it thrives. It's drunk on power and has sprouted widebody hips that look like something out of an old Need for Speed game. Forget lead sleds like the Grand Marquis; turns out that power and style are the secrets to making big cars cool. Funny, how that works.

Power - and a lot of it. Riddle us this: Dodge offers the Charger in six different trims. Of those, just two could be considered rational: the GT and SXT. They're the only choices in the lineup that are powered by less than six cylinders and offer all-wheel drive.

Unsurprisingly, these two trims drive most sales, but nothing about them is particularly exciting. The 3.6-liter V-6 they employ has been around since the beginning of the last decade and makes an adequate 292 horsepower. It routes power through an eight-speed automatic.

Despite its age, we can see why Dodge let it alone all these years. Why mess with a good thing? The Pentastar V-6, as it's colloquially known, is fairly refined and delivers enough power to make passing and accelerating non-events. It doesn't back up the Charger's mean looks, however - for that you'll need one of the V-8s.

About those V-8s: three different V-8s are on the table, with the most potent option offered in two states of tune. This is the meat of the Charger lineup. This is why someone buys the Charger over something like an Accord. Last we checked, righteous burnouts aren't on the menu with the family-friendly Honda.

The most pedestrian of the V-8s is the R/T's 370-horspower 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The 6.4-liter V-8 in the Scat Pack churns out 485 horsepower. And the mighty supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat is good for either 707 or 797 horsepower. All use an eight-speed automatic that gets beefed up accordingly for the higher-output engines.

Spoiler alert: every V-8 is a monster, even the 370-horse option. Across the board, power is satisfying as a Snicker's bar; on the Scat Pack and higher, stomping the throttle will leave you giddy and giggling. Hellcats are so potent that only drag strips tap into their prodigious potential.

That abundance of power takes precedent over handling. Simply put, the Charger isn't a fan of changing direction; it begs for straight, flat roads rather than winding passes through the mountains. Its size and bulk are partially to blame. Try to drive one fast through the curves and you'll find the experience a nerve-racking affair. As we said: the Charger is old-school. It leaves sharp handling to smaller, more nimble cars.

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Downmarket Interior. In the relentless pursuit of power, Dodge seems to have overlooked the Charger's interior. Frankly, the grade of interior Dodge offers in their big sedan is depressing. We're sure more than one shopper interested in the $70,000 Hellcat was quickly turned away by the overwhelming amount of cheap plastic and Friday-afternoon build quality.

And that's the nicest iteration of the Charger. It's worse on the low end; it feels like Dodge builds the V-6 models exclusively for rental-car lots. Stepping up to the R/T improves things some, but overall the quality leaves much to be desired. The worst offender in the cabin is the huge swatch of cheap black plastic covering the entire passenger side of the dash. It's bothered us since 2011 and yet Dodge hasn't done a thing to address it.

Roominess is a sticky issue as well. Full-size, rear-drive cars are inevitably not as roomy as something based on a front-wheel drive chassis. The Charger gets a full 40 inches of legroom, but small rear glass and a large drivetrain hump intrude on that space. For two rear riders this isn't a problem, but three would be tight.

There is one bright spot in the cabin: the 8.4-inch touchscreen and its corporate Uconnect infotainment system. Chrysler has offered this system for years on the Charger, and yet only now are most companies catching up in terms of usability. It remains a leader when it comes to intuitive operation. Even the most tech-averse buyers will quickly find themselves instinctively tapping and swiping the big screen.

Class of one. These days, the Charger occupies a lonely space. Its twin, the Chrysler 300, remains in the market as a more traditional full-size car, one that's closer to the spirit of the long-deceased Lincoln Town Car than it is to the rough-and-ready Charger. Other than these two, the market of full-size, rear-drive affordable sedans has been wiped out by changing market tastes.

Alternatives? The Toyota Avalon is always an option, though it caters to an entirely different crowd. And for a limited time, the Kia Cadenza and K900 could be cross-shopped. However, those two are being shown the door at the end of 2021, two more victims in this collapsing segment.

It's better to consider the Charger as a four-door muscle car, something that provides the power and persona of vehicles like the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge's own Challenger - which itself is a two-door riff off the Charger. The big Dodge is muscle and might wrapped in a four-door body.

Final thoughts. The Charger somehow defies market realities. It eschews concerns of fuel economy in an era where shoppers are swayed by efficiency. It is a full-size sedan in a world of crossovers. It has a mediocre interior that has shrugged off ten years of criticism. And yet still it sells relatively well and has legions of devoted fans. How?

Consider: this fireball of a sedan is more practical than most sport sedans thanks to its generous dimensions. It's also affordable for the everyman: R/Ts start at $37,000 or so. Yet it doesn't sacrifice personality or entertainment to attain that price point. It's a riot and a hoot and you can justify it to the spouse.

One of these days, the fervor around the current Charger will cool off, and Dodge will be forced to reckon with a future that cannot justify a brawling full-size four-door with a massive V-8. Until that day comes, we'll relish the Charger for what is: a relic, an anachronism, a nostalgic throwback, and an automotive celebration of outsized American excess. Let's enjoy it while we still can.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 292 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 30 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 292 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 30 / 24 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Compact
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
16.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
105 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
198.4 "
Exterior Width
75.0 "
Exterior Height
57.8 "
Front Headroom
38.6 " / 36.9 "
Rear Headroom
36.6 "
Front Legroom
41.8 "
Rear Legroom
40.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,964 Lbs.
Wheel Base
120 "
Turning Radius
18.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Painted Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down / Power Remote Driver / Dual Power Remote Heated
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth / Nappa Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
6 / 9 Alpine / 6 Alpine
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Warning-plus Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot / Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Plus Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Sentry Key
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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