2015 Dodge Charger Expert Review

3.8 Overall Score
Performance 4.3Comfort 4.0Styling 4.1Value 3.8

Editor's Overview

Without question, this is the most comprehensive lineup Dodge has ever offered for the Charger. There aren't many street-legal cars that offer up more than 700 horsepower, let alone ones for less than $63,995. Don’t forget that the Charger is a 4-door sedan, too.

You'll Like The 2015 Dodge Charger If...

Where else can you buy a sedan that packs 707 horsepower for less than six figures? The Charger SRT Hellcat is a steal in every sense of the word. You don’t have to sacrifice livability with the Charger SRT Hellcat (or any of the Charger variants, for that matter) either.

You May Not Like The 2015 Dodge Charger If...

The robust, in-your-face styling can turn prospective buyers off. Or perhaps you’re thinking anything over 250 horsepower is overkill. Don’t sweat it; there are a lot of other choices in the segment.

What's New

All-new for the 2015 model year, the Dodge Charger boasts a redesigned interior, new sheetmetal creases, and one new engine in the form of the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Hellcat.

Interior Features

Being all-new for 2015, obvious changes over the previous model include a new 7-inch customizable gauge cluster, a redesigned instrument cluster and a new electronic shifter. The Uconnect infotainment system and an available 8.4-inch touch screen – two features we highly recommend springing for – return for the 2015 model year. The seats are comfortable and can handle long road trips with ease. The steering wheel has been redesigned to match the rest in the Chrysler Group (sans logo in the center) but the audio controls are still on the back of the spokes.

Exterior Features

The hood, front doors, spoiler, taillights and front fascia have all been redesigned for the 2015 model year. Obvious changes include the new grille and headlights, which have been repositioned to help with engine airflow. This design also gives the new Charger a low, aggressive stance, and the newly rounded-off rear end continues to feature Dodge’s touted “racetrack” taillights.

Driving Impressions

The base 3.6-liter V6 engine is quiet while serving up ample power in either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The standard 8-speed automatic transmission doesn’t hunt for gears, and ride noise is kept at a manageable level. Navigating through traffic is fun in a Hellcat-equipped Charger with its endless power on tap. Overall, the new Charger's ride is compliant and comfortable, and it's easy to talk with passengers without having to compete with the radio.

Pricing Notes

You can get into a base 2015 Dodge Charger SE for the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $28,990 (including a $995 destination fee) while adding all-wheel drive pushes the price up to $31,990. A nicely equipped Charger SXT will set you back $30,990 while the top-of-the-line Charger SRT Hellcat is the deal of the century at $64,990. While similarly equipped vehicles like the Chevrolet Impala start at just below $28,000, the competition comes nowhere near the value of the Hellcat, its 707 horsepower and its price tag. To get a vehicle with similar power numbers, you’d be looking at a BMW M5 (starting at $78,000) or the Porsche Panamera ($180,000). Check out the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for the 2015 Charger in your area.

Notable Equipment

LED daytime running lights, acoustic front glass and windshield, front and rear power windows with express front up/down, and a configurable, full color, 7-inch driver information display are all standard features on the 2015 Dodge Charger.

Notable Options

Going right to the top Charger trim, the SRT Hellcat brings along a slew of features and more horsepower than most know what to do with. A starting price of $63,995 gets you the best features and engine the new Charger lineup has to offer including integrated dual black vapor chrome exhaust tips, a black grille with a performance mesh design, SRT Performance Pages within Uconnect, and a 200-mph analog speedometer. Then there’s the all-new 6.2-liter Hellcat supercharged V8 engine, which is rated at 707 horsepower.

Favorite Features

One of the best infotainment systems in the automotive industry. Maps are supplied by Garmin and give the driver a clear, concise picture of where he’s heading. Syncing your phone through Bluetooth is a breeze, too.

Rated at 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, the all-new 6.2-liter Hellcat supercharged V8 engine is the most powerful engine Chrysler Group has ever rolled out. Compared to other vehicles that offer similar power numbers (BMW M5, Porsche Panamera, Ferrari F12berlinetta), the new Charger SRT Hellcat is the deal of this century and possible even the next one, too.

Under the Hood

Here’s where the 2015 Charger really shines. You have four engine options available with horsepower spanning from 292 to an eye-watering 707. The base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine is rated at 292 horsepower and can return 31 mpg on the highway. This is also the only engine available with all-wheel drive. If it’s more power you seek, you came to the right place as the Charger is available with three different variations of the V8 engine. The first is a 5.7-liter V8, rated at 370 horsepower, followed by a 6.4-liter V8, which churns out 485 horsepower. Then there’s the all-new Hellcat supercharged V8 engine, rated at 707 horsepower. Power for every new Charger is sent to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.

3.6-liter V6
292 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/31 mpg (RWD), 18/27 mpg (AWD)

5.7-liter V8
370 horsepower @ 5,250 rpm
395 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 mpg

6.4-liter V8
485 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
475 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/25 mpg

6.2-liter supercharged V8
707 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
650 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/22 mpg

Editors' Notes

All-new for 2015, the Dodge Charger takes the family sedan to a whole new level with its available 6.2-liter Hellcat supercharged V8 engine. Versatility is the name of the game as the new Charger offers a V6 (available with all-wheel drive) and three different V8 engines. Whether you’re driving the V6, which is quiet and fuel efficient, or the all-new Hellcat V8 – rated at 707 horsepower – other alternatives like the Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse don’t seem as interesting all of a sudden.

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