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Editor's Overview

This is how Dodge does 4-doors: It pours on the attitude, distinctive style and plenty of horsepower. The 2017 Dodge Charger is a bold motoring statement, an unapologetic American sedan and it’s available in a wide variety of flavors, including over a half-dozen trim levels. And our available engines range in output from 292 horsepower to a truly incredible 707 horsepower.

You'll Like The 2017 Dodge Charger If...

If you want a full-size, family-friendly 4-door sedan with a 5-star safety rating from NHTSA, but refuse to do generic, you’ll like the 2017 Dodge Charger. The new Charger uniquely combines comfort, interior room and technology with aggressive styling, horsepower to spare and just enough attitude to keep the mice away.

You May Not Like The 2017 Dodge Charger If...

If fuel economy is more important to you than tire-shredding horsepower, you should be shopping other sedans. Also, not everyone is comfortable with the Charger’s bodybuilder bod. If you’re concerned about standing out on the road or in the company parking lot, you might consider something less, well, noticeable.

What's New

New for 2017 are the Charger Daytona and Daytona 392 models, which pack the look of the top-of-the-line Hellcat but with naturally aspirated Hemi power. Graphics, 20-inch wheels and more powerful brakes are standard. SXT and up models get an all-new Uconnect infotainment system with a larger 8.4-inch screen.

Interior Features

Inviting, comfortable and functional, the interior of the 2017 the Dodge Charger is a pleasant place to spend time. Cockpit-style, the instrument panel angles all the working stuff toward the driver, the gauge cluster is configurable for individual preferences, and there are numerous controls mounted on the steering wheel. In the center is an available 8.4-inch touch screen, and it and the Uconnect infotainment system are a couple of features we recommend. Front seats are comfortable for long trips, the rear bench will handle three adults and the entire well-designed presentation is also easy on the eyes.

Exterior Features

This is no wallflower. No shrinking violet. No wolf in sheep’s clothing. No cliché. The 2017 Dodge Charger looks like what it is: a modern American sedan with plenty of horsepower. It looks tough. It looks mean. It looks you right in the eye. Despite a roofline and overall shape unmistakably linked to previous Chargers built from 1968-1970, this sedan successfully fights being old-fashioned and remains sleek and modern front to rear. Its smoothly rounded nose makes obvious aerodynamic contributions, and the attractive rear includes Dodge’s distinctive layout of the “racetrack” taillight arrangement, which certainly stands out in after-dark traffic.

Driving Impressions

The 3.6-liter, 292-horsepower V6 in the 2017 Dodge Charger SE and SXT offers plenty of punch with either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The standard 8-speed automatic transmission is smooth and doesn’t annoyingly hunt for gears. It’s a compelling package, but Chargers get better when you add horsepower, and the 370-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 in the R/T and Daytona is a nice wake-up call. The one to get, however, is the 485-horsepower 6.4-liter in the R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392 and SRT 392 trims. It’s the best combination of price (especially in the R/T Scat Pack), power and daily drivability. Don’t misunderstand, the 707-horsepower Hellcat Charger has to be experienced to be believed. It will go down in history. Become a legend. But it’s extreme and only makes sense for a few. Overall, the Chargers are smooth and responsive, with an appropriate blend of handling precision and comfortable ride.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2017 Dodge Charger SE with RWD is about $29,000, including destination of $995; AWD is about $2,000. The Charger SXT is about $31,000; the R/T, the lowest-priced Hemi V8 Charger, is around $35,500; the R/T Scat Pack, with the 485-horsepower Hemi, is $40,990; R/T Daytona 392 around $46,000 and SRT 392 is about $52,000. The 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat is right around $66,000, and has to be an all-time performance bargain. A “similarly equipped” competitor, such as a Chevrolet Impala, is around $28,000 but, when considering the performance levels of Hemi Chargers, “similarly equipped” competitors tend to be things like an $80,000 BMW M5. Although the 415-horsepower Chevy SS costs about $47,500. Historically, resale values on Dodges have been below average. Before making your purchase, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for a 2017 Charger.

Notable Equipment

LED daytime running lights, acoustic front glass and windshield, power windows with express front up/down, and a configurable, full-color, 7-inch driver-information display are all standard features on the base 2017 Dodge Charger SE. Also standard are chrome exhaust tips, auto headlights that turn themselves on and off, power mirrors, 17-inch wheels and tires, and an electronic reconfigurable gauge cluster. Standard powertrain is a very likable 3.6-liter V6 with a strong 292 horsepower backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. With a wide range of trim levels, there is, obviously, an equally wide range of standard-equipment listings.

Notable Options

The trim levels are tied closely to the engine choices, with corresponding moves upward not only in performance but also in features and luxury. Depending on the trim level and options chosen you can have a 2017 Dodge Charger with a base price well under $30 grand or well over $60,000, and with horsepower just under 300 or more than twice that. Major options include a power sunroof, Beats by Dr. Dre and harman/kardon sound systems, and a variety of packages: Super Track Pak, Premium Group, Technology Group, Driver Confidence Group, Navigation/Rear Backup Camera Group, and others.

Favorite Features


The new fourth generation of Uconnect is one of the best automotive infotainment systems and one of the easiest to use. Maps are supplied by Garmin, and the Bluetooth connects your phone almost instantaneously. The new system’s larger 8.4-inch screen also allows for phone-style navigation gestures like pinch and swipe.


There’s no other sedan engine, at any price, that comes close to competing with the 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter, supercharged Hemi in the Hellcat version of the 2017 Charger. It’s the most powerful American sedan of all time. Considering the price, it’s one of the go-fast deals of all time.

Under the Hood

The 2017 Charger is available with four engine choices. Base, in SE and SXT models, is a very likable 3.6-liter V6 with 292 horsepower and plenty of performance for just about anybody. Next up is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 of 370 horsepower, in R/T and Daytona versions. It’s one more step to a 6.4-liter Hemi of 485 horsepower, in R/T Scat Pack and Daytona 392 and SRT 392 trims. And, if a 485-horsepower Hemi isn’t quite enough, there’s the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi in the SRT Hellcat, with 707 horsepower. In all cases, the transmission is an 8-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive (RWD). All-wheel drive (AWD) is available on the V6 models. Truly, there is something here for just about anyone who likes to stand on the gas.

3.6-liter V6

292 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm

260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/30 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 Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.

Editors' Notes

Family-friendly 4-door sedans don’t get more rambunctiously pulse-quickening and unapologetic than America’s full-size 2017 Dodge Charger. With over a half-dozen trim choices, and available all-wheel drive, the 2017 Charger offers a bold motoring statement in a wide variety of flavors, the latest in-cabin technology, road-warrior styling and a lengthy assortment of options. Four engines are available ranging from a 292-horsepower fuel-efficient V6 to the Charger Hellcat’s supercharged Hemi V8 that makes a mind-blowing 707 horsepower. It’s the most powerful American car ever. It’s not the only domestic sedan with performance and style but, with its arrogant attitude and generous bang-for-the-buck, the alternatives -- Chevrolet Impala, Buick LaCrosse, Ford Fusion -- just don’t have the in-your-face appeal and that kind of optional power.

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My awesome charger. It has lots of power and sounds great, too!

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My charger is a very fun car to drive. It has a lot of power, and has no problem getting up to speed. It sounds great when doing it, too. It has the heated front seats. I haven't ever owned a car with heated seats before. It is just now starting to get cold out, and I have had the opportunity to use the heated seats and I have decided that they are pretty cool. I had to read the manual for my car, because it has a lot of options that I didn't know how to use. The manual has been very helpful. The Uconnect system is not as good as OnStar that Chevrolet cars have in them. I think that Dodge needs to work on the Uconnect system. To be honest, the Uconnect system is about the only thing I do not like about this car. It is a very comfortable car to sit in and drive. I am still reading up on the options in it, but overall, it is a great car.

- Brenda R

The inside of my charger is in all red leather. It shines in the sun.

2017 Dodge Charger

I love my Dodge charger so much! It is a very reliable car. The sound the car makes when I accelerate or rev my engine is awesome! But it is a gas guzzler, especially when you only use the good kind. My car is all black with my tints black. I had my interior changed to all red. It really is a lovely car. My car is very comfortable I just want to drive it all day. The seats are leather so it squeaks a little when you move too much. To maintain such a wonderful car is a lot of work. I get it washed every 2 weeks and getting my car fixed is expensive. I had added sound systems to make my car louder. I have a hellcat!

- Kayla S

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2017 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

I owned a 2012 5.7L hemi R/T before trading it in for my current 2017 R/T 6.4L scat pack. The performance difference is like night and day with a noticeable increase in power and handling with the scat pack. The exhaust note is awesome and sounds better than any other exhaust I've heard. Many people ask if I upgraded the exhaust and are surprised to learn my scat pack is completely stock. It has all of the performance and stunning looks at a lower price compared to other cars with similar performance number. I consider this vehicle the best bang for your buck.

- Reggie T

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