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2019 Dodge Charger: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Dodge Charger has a spacious interior, and few class rivals can match its performance, but it lacks the refinement and efficiency of many competitors. That's why it finishes in the bottom half of our large car rankings.

The 2019 Dodge Charger is ranked:

Is the Dodge Charger a Good Car?

The Dodge Charger is a pretty good car. It's fast, it handles well, and it offers plenty of passenger space in both rows. However, this car isn't pragmatic, and many rivals look and feel more upscale inside and get better gas mileage.

Should I Buy the Dodge Charger?

If you want a sports car but also need something your family can fit into, then the Charger isn't a bad choice. But beyond its athleticism and power, the Charger falls short of class rivals in many areas. You might want to explore some other large cars, like the Chevrolet Impala and Chrysler 300. You may also want to check out the Dodge Challenger, which has a lot in common with the Charger even though it’s a sports car.

Should I Buy a New or Used Dodge Charger?

The 2019 Charger belongs to a generation that began with the 2011 model year. Dodge refreshed the Charger for 2015, updating the interior and exterior, adding a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and advanced safety features, and debuting the SRT Hellcat. The 2016 and 2017 models saw minimal changes aside from some feature and trim shuffling (though Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available for 2017). Dodge introduced the GT trim for 2018 and added a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto to the standard features list. The only notable change for this year is that Dodge cuts the Charger's trim lineup from nearly a dozen options to six. Gone are the SXT Plus, SXT Plus – Leather, GT Plus, Daytona, Daytona 392, and SRT 392.

If you want to save money and you're open to driving a used car, consider going with a used Charger from 2015 or newer to likely save thousands of dollars. To research other models in this generation, read our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Dodge Charger. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Charger generation, which runs from 2011 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Dodge Charger Cost?

Pricing data on the 2019 Charger isn't confirmed yet, but the 2018 base model starts at around $29,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Dodge dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Dodge deals page.

Dodge Charger Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Dodge Charger or Chevrolet Impala?

The Chevrolet Impala is spacious inside, and it has more trunk space than the Charger. The Chevrolet also features a more modern, upscale interior than its Dodge rival. However, the Impala’s capable performance with its available V6 doesn't come anywhere close to the power delivered by the Charger's V8 engines. The Impala is a better overall car, but choose the Charger if your only priority is going fast.

Which Is Better: Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300?

The Chrysler 300 looks and feels more posh inside than the Charger, and it offers plenty of features. There's also a lot of passenger room in both rows. The 300 can't match the performance of the Charger’s most powerful engines, but it can hang with a few of them when equipped with the optional 5.7-liter V8. Choosing between these two cars comes down to whether you prefer better performance or a nicer interior.

Which Is Better: Dodge Charger or Dodge Challenger?

The Dodge Challenger offers the same lineup of powerful engines as the Charger, plus the 797-horsepower Challenger Hellcat Redeye. The Challenger is a two-door sports car, but it still has two adult-friendly rows of seats and about as much trunk space as the Charger. These are more or less the same cars but with different body styles.

Charger Interior

How Many People Does the Charger Seat?

This Dodge seats five people. Both rows of seats can accommodate adults without trouble, and you can fit three grownups in the back without anyone feeling squeezed. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, even after a long drive. Outward visibility is poor, however.

Charger and Car Seats

The Charger features two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the system a Marginal rating (the second-lowest rating) for ease of use.

Charger Interior Quality

The Charger features a spacious, well-built interior. However, it lacks the stylish design and upscale materials that you get in some other large sedans.

Charger Cargo Space

Compared to the rest of the class, the Charger provides an average amount of cargo space – 16.5 cubic feet. That's enough space for more than a dozen shopping bags or the whole family's luggage for a weekend getaway.

Charger Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Charger comes with the Uconnect infotainment system and includes four USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include an upgraded Uconnect system with navigation, one of three premium audio systems, and an 8.4-inch touch screen.

It doesn't get much better than the Uconnect infotainment system. It's incredibly user-friendly thanks to its easy-to-master interface and responsive touch screen. It has physical controls for some functions as well.

Charger Performance

Charger Engine: Plenty of Choices

Engine options in the Charger range from the 292-horsepower V6 base engine up to the 707-horsepower V8 monstrosity powering the SRT Hellcat. No matter which engine you go with, this large sedan can move with urgency. Still, the V8s really kick things up a notch compared to the V6.

Charger Gas Mileage: Not Super Great

The Charger’s base engine gets the best fuel economy in the lineup. It earns 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which are slightly below-average ratings for a large car. The most efficient V8 gets 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

With its V6, the Charger gets identical fuel economy ratings to the V6-powered Chrysler 300.

Charger Ride and Handling: Better Than Rivals

While large sedans won't ever be confused with sports cars, the Charger handles better than you'd expect considering its size. It stays planted around turns, it’s one of the most agile cars in the class, and it rides smoothly most of the time.

Charger Reliability

Is the Dodge Charger Reliable?

The 2019 Charger belongs to a generation that typically earns a predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. That's one of the lowest ratings among large cars.

Dodge Charger Warranty

Dodge backs the Charger with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. 

Charger Safety

Charger Crash Test Results

The 2019 Charger earns a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Charger Safety Features

The Charger comes with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

Which Dodge Charger Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Charger sees its trim lineup cut roughly in half, though you still have plenty of choices. For most buyers, the SXT and GT trims are great choices. The trims above them don't offer much beyond more-powerful engines.

Dodge Charger SXT

The base Charger SXT comes with a 292-horsepower V6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, push-button start, and the Uconnect infotainment system with voice recognition, four USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touch screen.

Dodge Charger SXT AWD

The all-wheel-drive Charger SXT AWD features a 300-horsepower V6. It's the only AWD Charger trim. In addition to the base SXT's features, the AWD model comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, performance front seats, and an upgraded Uconnect system with a premium six-speaker audio system and an 8.4-inch touch screen.

Dodge Charger GT

The Charger GT comes with a 300-horsepower V6 and rear-wheel drive. The GT comes with a sport suspension, and its features list is similar to the SXT AWD's.

Dodge Charger R/T

The Charger R/T features a 370-horsepower Hemi V8. There's also a Charger R/T Scat Pack, which comes with a 485-horsepower Hemi V8 engine and Brembo brakes. Other standard features in the R/T Scat Pack include heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Dodge Charger SRT

The SRT Hellcat is by far the most powerful Charger trim, featuring a 707-horsepower supercharged Hemi V8. The Charger Hellcat also comes with an adaptive suspension, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Dodge dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Dodge deals page.

The Final Call

The 2019 Dodge Charger may not have the interior quality of rivals, but it's big and it moves quickly. Still, in terms of overall quality, many competitors stand above this sedan. That's why it finishes near the bottom of our large car rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Dodge Charger review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.


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