The 2022 Dodge Charger rolls into another year virtually unchanged. The current Charger debuted back in 2011 and received its last significant refresh in 2015.
Choosing your Dodge Charger
The Charger comes in five trim levels: SXT, GT, R/T, Scat Pack, and SRT Hellcat. Pricing starts at $32,945 with destination and climbs to $76,045 (including a $2,100 gas guzzler tax) for the SRT Hellcat.
The Charger engine roster runs the gamut from a workaday V6 to an astonishingly powerful supercharged V8.
Rear-wheel drive is standard on all trims. All-wheel drive is available on the V6-powered SXT ($3,995) and GT ($3,095) only. Every model carries an eight-speed automatic transmission.
|Engine Type||Trim Level||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|3.6L V6||SXT, GT||300 hp||264 lb-ft||34 mpg|
|5.7L V8||R/T||370 hp||395 lb-ft||19 mpg|
|6.4L V8||Scat Pack||485 hp||475 lb-ft||18 mpg|
|6.2L Supercharged V8||SRT Hellcat||717 hp||650 lb-ft||15 mpg|
|6.2L Supercharged V8||SRT Hellcat Redeye||797 hp||707 lb-ft||15 mpg|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Charger is one of the few full-size sedans left on the market. Needless to say, five can fit comfortably. The trunk holds 16.5 cubic feet, which is typical for this class.
Aside from the standard rear parking sensors, driver assistance technology is optional on the Charger.
Blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert is available in the Driver Convenience Group ($1,390 to $1,480) and Plus Group ($2,095 to $3,095) for non-SRT models. This feature is standard on the SRT Hellcat.
The Technology Group ($1,895) adds 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 track-focused SRT Chargers.
A sign of the Charger's age, neither surround-view cameras nor a head-up display are available.
The Charger's standard infotainment system includes a seven-inch touchscreen, six speakers, satellite radio, two USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
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. Wireless device charging is not yet available on the Charger.
The Charger starts off with 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 Plus Group ($3,095) 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. On the performance side, the Plus Group contains a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels, and a rear spoiler.
With the Plus Group selected, the Driver Convenience Group drops to $980 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.
The GT retains the V6 but wears a performance hood and aerodynamic fascias for a muscular look. The sport-tuned suspension and 20-inch wheels are standard, along with paddle shifters and houndstooth cloth sport seats.
The Performance and Handling Group ($1,595) for the GT delivers even firmer suspension tuning, Brembo brakes, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and black wheels and brake calipers.
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.
The Scat Pack gets a major power boost from the 6.4-liter V8, along with 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 Dynamics Package ($2,395) 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 ($5,569), which carries two-inch wider wheels and an adaptive suspension with ride stiffness settings.
The Hellcat gains 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).
The Hellcat Redeye submodel ($84,740) packs the 797-hp surcharged V8, which propels it from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Exclusive to the Redeye is a Power Chiller that helps cool the engine after racing using the air conditioner's refrigerant.
If your primary concern isn't performance, the GT is worth a serious look. It's quick, attractive, and surprisingly efficient. In the performance realm, the Scat Pack is the best bargain for everyday driving. The SRT Hellcat is a specialty ride that needs a track to be appreciated.