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2015 Dodge Charger

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/28/2015 K.S. Wang
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New for 2015

The refreshed 2015 Dodge Charger gains a revised exterior featuring new headlights with LED accents and a new electric power assisted steering with Normal, Comfort, and Sport modes. SRT models now come with a three-mode Bilstein adaptive damping suspension system with Auto, Sport and Track modes. Three new models have been added to the lineup: the SRT Hellcat, SRT 392, and R/T Scat Pack. All Chargers now come equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission while the 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter V-8 engines now come with cylinder deactivation, allowing them to operate in four-cylinder mode to save fuel. New interior additions include a redesigned thick-rim three-spoke steering wheel and customizable seven-inch driver information display.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Dodge Charger is a full-size, rear-drive sedan that slots above the smaller Dart. All-wheel drive is available only with the V-6 engine.

Overview

The 2015 Dodge Charger's four engine options are paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Model: Charger SE, Charger SXT
Engine and Transmission: 3.6-liter V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 292 hp/ 260 lb-ft of torque; 300 hp/ 264 lb-ft (with Rallye Group)
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 19/31 mpg city/highway (rear-wheel drive), 18/27 mpg (all-wheel drive)

Model: Charger R/T, Charger R/T Road & Track
Engine and Transmission: 5.7-liter V-8 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 370 hp/395 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 16/25 mpg

Model: Charger R/T Scat Pack, Charger SRT 392
Engine and Transmission: 6.4-liter V-8 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 485 hp/475 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 15/25 mpg

Model: Charger SRT Hellcat
Engine and Transmission: Supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 707 hp/650 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 13/22 mpg

Despite its size, the 2015 Dodge Charger offers great performance and handling especially in the SRT models, which have blistering acceleration thanks to their powerful V-8 engines. Refinement, on the other hand, is excellent even on the high-performance Charger SRT Hellcat thanks to plenty of sound insulation, a slightly softer suspension setup and exhaust valves that close earlier. While base model Chargers are more comfort-oriented, they handle fairly well for a large car and feel stable especially when equipped with all-wheel drive. The addition of the eight-speed automatic across the entire Charger lineup and the integration of cylinder deactivation in models with the 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter V-8s help make them perform better without sacrificing fuel efficiency.

Interior fit and finish is excellent, with real metal accents, contrast stitching, and soft-touch plastics on all models. Passenger space is generous for five adults and features plenty of leg- and headroom. Trunk volume is generous at 16.5 cubic feet and can be expanded with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

The NHTSA gave the 2015 Charger a five-star rollover safety rating (out of a possible five stars) while in IIHS evaluations, the car received a Good score on four categories (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

For such a large car, the 2015 Dodge Charger is a great performer especially in SRT and R/T Scat Pack trims. In a First Drive review, we said that even in the wet the Charger handles well and feels stable especially models with all-wheel drive. Additionally, even in lower trims, the Charger's interior is well-appointed, with soft-touch materials and high-quality upholsteries. Hellcat models provide the most performance, offering impressive handling that's superior to the lighter Challenger, as we noted in a First Test review. Ride quality isn't compromised even in performance models because of the suspension tuning being slightly softer than the Challenger's. However, the tires equipped on the Charger SRT Hellcat are not up to task with the car's performance and hindered its straight line performance.

You'll Like

  • Great balance of ride and handling
  • Insanely quick acceleration in the SRT Hellcat
  • Spacious and well-appointed interior

You Won't Like

  • All-wheel drive is not available with the V-8
  • Hellcat needs better tires

Key Competitors

  • Chrysler 300
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Kia Cadenza

Rating

4 star

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