2018 Dodge Charger Expert Review

3.7 Overall Score
Performance 4.2Comfort 3.9Styling 3.9Value 3.6

What's New

New for 2018 is the GT trim with a 300-horsepower V6 engine and all-wheel drive. The SXT Plus can be equipped with upgraded performance-look styling, while new standard equipment includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. The SE trim has been dropped.

Interior Features

Inviting, comfortable and functional, the interior of the 2018 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 Dodge Charger for 2018 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 Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 delivers 292 horsepower in the base 2018 Charger SXT sedan, and 300 horsepower in the new GT trim with standard all-wheel drive. The automaker’s notorious 8-speed automatic seems to work well here, delivering smooth gear changes without the annoying gear hunting we’ve experienced in other vehicles. Good as they are, the V6 cars are far less appealing than the Hemi-powered models. A 5.7-liter V8 in the R/T and Daytona delivers a tire-spinning 370 horsepower, while the R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392 and SRT 392 trims get a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8. For our money, the R/T Scat Pack is the best combination of power, price and drivability. Of course, if you can lay hands on one, the 707-horsepower Charger SRT Hellcat is the one to buy, drive sparingly and then put into storage for the next 40 years. In general, the entire Charger line is smooth and responsive.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2018 Dodge Charger SXT with RWD is about $29,600, including destination of $1,095. The AWD Charger GT is about $33,600; the R/T, the lowest-priced Hemi V8 Charger, is around $36,100; the R/T Scat Pack and R/T Daytona 392 with the 485-horsepower Hemi are around $41,000, while the SRT 392 is about $52,200. 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. 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 2018 Charger.

Notable Equipment

LED daytime running lights, acoustic front glass and windshield, power windows with express front up/down, rearview camera, rear parking sensors, 7-inch touch screen with Uconnect 4, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all standard features on the base 2018 Dodge Charger SXT. 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. The 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.

Under the Hood

The 2018 Charger sedan is available with four engine choices. Standard in the SXT and GT models is a very likable 3.6-liter V6 with 292 horsepower (300 in the SXT Plus w/Super Track Pack, GT and GT Plus) 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 standard on the GT trim.

3.6-liter V6 (SXT)
292 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/30 mpg

3.6-liter V6 (SXT Plus w/ Super Track Pack, GT, GT Plus)
300 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
264 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/30 mpg (RWD), 18/27 mpg (AWD)

5.7-liter V8 (R/T, Daytona)
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 (R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, SRT 392)
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 (SRT Hellcat)
707 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
650 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/22 mpg

Editors' Notes

The 2018 Dodge Charger isn’t your typical full-size family sedan. Where competitors like the front-drive (FWD) Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Impala impart a sporty look, the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Dodge Charger displays a rowdy, all-American bravado backed up by a team of powerful engine options, including a 707-horsepower Hemi V8 found in the Charger SRT Hellcat. Of course, not every family has $66,000 to drop on a car, which is why it’s nice that even the least expensive Charger still offers a potent yet fuel-efficient 292-horsepower V6 engine, great handling, a roomy interior and plenty of features. A huge number of trims means just about every base is covered, and while all-wheel drive is on the table, there is no hybrid or diesel-engine option.

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Owner Reviews

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Love my car; main issues are with Uconnect.

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I have wanted a Dodge charger since I was 13. The models of the past few years have been sleek and sporty while also having the ability to be a family car. The interior electronic features are top notch, sporting many different apps on the large display screen (Including local gas prices, movie times, & other convenient features) as well as separate climate control for driver and passenger. One of my favorite parts has been the navigation system, which offers dashboard directions and makes traveling much easier. One of the only problems I have had so far is a glitch in the tire pressure sensor. I was driving one day & got a "low tire pressure" notification, saying the front left tire had dropped to 9 psi. Knowing this couldn't be right, I pulled over and checked to see that it definitely had not dropped that low. After kicking the tire a bit, the sensor went back to normal. In addition to this, after first buying the car the Uconnect system would occasionally glitch: not recognizing Bluetooth, not playing any audio (radio included) but after a few regular Uconnect updates and using steering wheel buttons to reset it has not done this in a while. Finally, I want to say that the Uconnect app is very convenient when it works. The app lets you track, lock, unlock, and set off alarm to your vehicle from your phone. A lot of times i'll forget to lock my car and have to do it from inside work. Sometimes this will take the app 3-4 tries before it works. Overall, this is the best car I have owned.

Hannah W
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Features that came with the car.

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Great car, but I feel the cost of the Dodge Charger is too high for what the car has to offer. It does not get really good highway mileage, it does not have much pick up and go. The features that come with the vehicle are much like any other features you would receive with just about any other vehicle when purchased new. I do like the fact that it is made right here in America! I am glad that I did not purchase the r/t model, as I am sure I would be using the heck out of gas. Overall, a pretty good vehicle! I have had much better ones, but this is my very first Dodge vehicle!

Lee Ann R
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The best of the best when it comes to performance, comfort and style!

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The Dodge charger is sporty yet sleek and stylish. It has excellent performance. No hesitation and powerful. The inside design is classic and performance options are more than I can wrap my head around. It is the best decision I have ever made when it comes to a vehicle. From comfortable/adjustable back and front seats to the climate control, there's not one thing I feel negative about. A bonus is when I make/receive calls from my car, you cannot tell that I am even in a moving vehicle! I feel safe and comfortable in all weather conditions.

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