Classic power. The Dodge Charger is a throwback to the muscle car heyday in more ways than its name. Even though the base V6 engine offers more than sufficient power, there are three V8s to choose from based on power and price.

V8s kick-off with the R/T and its 375-horsepower, 5.7-liter engine, which would be plenty powerful in a sedan of this size. But the Scat Pack goes with a 6.4-liter V8 and 475 horsepower before the Hellcat models finish the line with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 and either 707 horsepower or 797 horsepower.

And all-wheel drive is also available, though only with the V6. Still, AWD is a relatively rare option on sedans not from premium brands such as Audi or Mercedes-Benz and might sway people who live in areas with inclement climates who would otherwise only consider a crossover or SUV.

Old-fashioned value. And that much power usually comes on far more expensive cars. But at around $33,000 to start, the Charger doesn't cost much more than the typical midsize sedan. Springing for a V8 version can cost just under $40,000, too.

And for that, there is a lot of car. Every Charger comes with alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, the intuitive U Connect infotainment system, and other niceties. More upscale models can be equipped with leather upholstery, including high-grade Nappa leather, an Alpine audio system, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Many of the options across nearly all trim levels include an array of optional wheel designs, exterior sticker packages, and a long list of paint choices. Unlike many cars today, it's relatively easy to personalize a Charger for the customer.

Dated design. Make no mistake, however, that the Charger is a throwback to an earlier age — the early 2010s, in fact. Lots of updates have tried to bring the interior technology up-to-date and the exterior designs haven't been untouched, but the Charger doesn't include many driver assistance features found in far less expensive vehicles and are quickly becoming the norm for new cars.

But the Charger's age shows in its interior space. While four adults will easily be comfortable, five could be squeezed because of the rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive layout, and trunk space could be better. Some of the interior materials could be better, too, considering the price of some of the more expensive versions.

The Dodge Charger also misses out on the top crash test scores that newer sedans are achieving. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Charger a Marginal score in its small-overlap frontal crash test, one rating from the lowest. None of the headlight options passed its evaluations, either.

Fears a fuel crisis. No performance car is truly efficient and that's the case with the Charger. Even the most efficient V6 model gets 23 mpg combined based on EPA testing, while a similarly powerful Toyota Camry V6 does 3 mpg better. None of the V8s top 19 mpg combined, either, which sounds more like a V8-powered SUV.

The most powerful Hellcat versions get just 15 mpg combined, which is well into exotic sports car territory. And even some other high-performance sedans are better, such as the 17 mpg BMW M5 or 21 mpg Audi RS-5 Sportback. They may be more expensive than any Charger, but they prove that highly-powered sedans that were recently designed don't have to be huge gas guzzlers.

None of this might matter to the Charger's performance audience, but those looking for sedans with space for four or five people have other choices that are more efficient and similarly powerful. It could be even more of a consideration during times of record-high gas prices. Dodge has already announced an electric vehicle with the Charger's performance will arrive in the next couple of years, so the Charger's days are numbered.

Final thoughts. The Dodge Charger is a leader among full-size sedans partly because its competitors — Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, and, soon, Toyota Avalon — have disappeared around it. It's also for fans who crave performance but don't have a Porsche budget. But those still looking for a large sedan should look at how spacious some midsize models are before settling for the Dodge.

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