Buyer's Guide

2018 Dodge Charger
Select a Different Model (11 Available): Daytona 392 Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 44610
MPG (EPA) 15 CTY /25 HWY
Horsepower 485@6000
Torque 475@4200
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2018 Dodge Charger MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Many trims to choose from
  • Comfortable and spacious interior
  • An 8.4-inch infotainment screen on most trims

You Won't Like

  • All-wheel drive is only available with the V-6
  • Some cheap hard plastic interior components
  • The V-6 engine could use more power

New for 2018

Dodge adds the SXT Plus and GT Plus trims to the Charger lineup, and GT trims now come standard with 300 hp, the Performance Pages feature on the infotainment screen, and 19-inch alloy wheels. A 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now standard on the base SXT trim and red Brembo brake calipers are now available on the R/T Scat Pack and Daytona 392 models. The SRT 392 model now offers optional Brass Monkey wheels and low-gloss, black lightweight alloy wheels. The SRT Hellcat receives a new grille and fender badges, an optional Matt Vapor wheel finish, optional black, orange, and gunmetal Brembo brake calipers, an available Demonic Red Laguna leather interior, and available dual Gunmetal Grey racing stripes. New exterior colors include F8 Green and IndiGO Blue and B5 Blue and Plum Crazy return to the lineup. A rearview camera with rear parking sensors is now standard on all models.

Trim Levels

The Charger is Dodge's only sedan, slotting above the two-door Challenger in starting price.

2018 Dodge Charger SXT: The base SXT trim comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6, 17-inch alloy wheels, a remote start system, a push-start ignition, automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights, illuminated front cup holders, six-way power adjustable driver's seat, cloth seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster display, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, and a 7.0-inch central touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

2018 Dodge Charger SXT Plus: Building off the SXT trim, the SXT Plus adds the upgraded 8.4-inch touchscreen with Sirius XM satellite radio (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto still included), 18-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, heated front seats, a six-speaker Alpine audio system, an eight-way power driver's seat, and dual-zone climate control.

2018 Dodge Charger SXT Plus (Leather): This additional SXT Plus sub-trim adds 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels, heated and ventilated sport seats, heated rear seats, HID headlights, a heated steering wheel, eight-way power passenger's seat, and adaptive cruise control.

2018 Dodge Charger GT: The GT trim adds all-wheel drive, a slightly more powerful 300-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine (versus the standard 292 hp), 19-inch Granite Crystal alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and a performance steering wheel with paddle shifters.

2018 Dodge Charger GT Plus: The GT Plus adds heated and ventilated Nappa leather-trimmed sport seats, HID headlights with LED accents, a heated performance steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, and an eight-way power passenger's seat.

2018 Dodge Charger R/T: The R/T adds a more powerful 5.7-liter V-8 and includes 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels, Sport Mode 2 (a more aggressive Sport mode), an active exhaust system (a more aggressive sound), sport-tuned suspension, a body-color rear spoiler, eight-way power driver's seat, front heated cloth sport seats, a six-speaker Alpine audio system, and the 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

2018 Dodge Charger Daytona: The Daytona trim builds off the R/T trim and adds 20-inch forged and painted alloy wheels, Daytona perforated suede and leather seats, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats, heated rear seats, a three-mode electronic stability control system, a performance Mopar cold-air intake system, performance-tuned suspension, a black grille (lower trims have gloss black grills), HID headlights with LED accents, projector LED fog lights, a matte black rear spoiler, carbonite interior accents, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and a heated performance steering wheel.

2018 Dodge Charger Daytona 392: The Daytona 392 adds a larger and more powerful 6.4-liter V-8, 20-inch forged lightweight wheels, six-piston front Brembo performance brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, high-performance suspension,  illuminated rear cupholders, unique interior and exterior visual tweaks, and LED interior ambient lighting.

2018 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack: The Scat Pack trim also uses the 6.4-liter V-8 and comes equipped with 20-inch machined satin black wheels, front four-piston Brembo brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, a more aggressive Sport mode, high-performance suspension, matte black rear spoiler, an active exhaust system, heated cloth performance seats, and eight-way power front seats.

2018 Dodge Charger SRT 392: The SRT 392 uses the 6.4-liter V-8 and comes standard with 20-inch SRT low-gloss wheels, red six-piston front Brembo brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, high-performance suspension with adaptive damping, HID headlights with LED daytime running lights, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, a body-color rear spoiler, eight-way power front seats, Laguna luxury performance SRT seats, a heated premium leather-wrapped SRT steering wheel, a six-speaker Alpine audio system, the 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and adaptive cruise control.

2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: The outrageous Hellcat utilizes a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 and comes standard with 20-inch low-gloss black lightweight alloy wheels, SRT drive modes, launch control, a valet mode, two key fobs for two horsepower outputs (500 hp and 707 hp), an air induction hood with dual heat extractors, six-piston red Brembo front brakes, a three-mode performance Bilstein adaptive damping system, a sportier suspension tuning, a 200-mph speedometer and red-faced instrument cluster gauges, Laguna-leather-trimmed lightweight performance seats, premium leather-wrapped flat-bottom SRT steering wheel, and the 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Charger's standard engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 292 hp (300 hp with the Super Track Pak) and 260 lb-ft of torque (264 with the Super Track Pak) and delivers an EPA-rated 19/30 mpg with rear-wheel drive and 18/27 mpg with the GT's all-wheel drive system (the V-6 is the only engine offered with all-wheel drive). The 5.7-liter V-8 makes 370 hp and 395 lb-ft and is rated at 16/25 mpg and the 485 hp, 475 lb-ft 6.4-liter V-8 delivers 15/25 mpg. The Hellcat's powerful 707-hp, 650 lb-ft 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 is rated at 13/22 mpg. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic and all V-8s come in rear-drive form only. In Motor Trend testing, the V-6 powered Charger hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in an impressive 110 feet.

Safety

The 2018 Dodge Charger received in the highest five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA in both rear- and all-wheel-drive forms. In IIHS testing, the 2018 Charger received the second-lowest score of Marginal for the small overlap front crash test and the highest score of Good in the other crash tests. The Charger received the highest rating of Superior for the front crash prevention evaluation by avoiding a collision in a 12-mph test and reducing the speed of a 25-mph collision by 12 mph thanks to the optional automatic emergency braking system found in the Premium and Technology packages. The Technology package adds other driver assist safety features including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, a rain-sensitive windshield, and automatic high beams. Blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert is available in three packages and is standard on the SRT 392 and Hellcat. A rearview camera with rear parking sensors is standard on all trims.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The Dodge Charger can hold 16.5 cubic feet of cargo in its trunk and offers 41.8 inches of legroom for the front seats and 40.1 inches for the rear seats.

Technology

The standard 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is only equipped on the base SXT model and includes SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Two USB ports and a six-speaker audio system are also standard. The rest of the trims receive the 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system but the SRT 392 and Hellcat also include navigation. The six-speaker system can be upgraded to a 10-speaker Beats Audio system or a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. A 7.0-inch instrument cluster display is standard on all trims.

What We Think

After one year with our long-term 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, we felt that this 707-hp sedan was a normal car in many ways: "It's roomy, it's surprisingly comfortable, the Uconnect infotainment system works pretty much OK, and the back seats are good for three adults, fantastic for two. But if any of the above figures into your decision to go out and purchase a Charger Hellcat—a $73,725 purchase that I highly recommend—you're doing it wrong."

However, the Hellcat is not a normal car in many other ways: "You get yourself a 707-hp Charger so that when you're virtually parked in traffic you can relieve tension by spinning the back wheels a bit. Not a big smoky burnout, but just enough to make everyone around you nervous. It helps both relieve the tension and break up the monotony. You buy yourself a Charger Hellcat because it's as close to a concealed carry permit as there is in the automotive world. Just like a .357 Magnum under your coat, you always know the immense power is there, mere inches away."

In a First Test review of the six-cylinder 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Blacktop, we felt the heavy sedan needed a little more power and sound from the engine, but "despite the lack of solid power, the Charger SXT Blacktop shined in other areas. The brakes were strong and confident whether stopping abruptly or gradually. Handling was top-notch with excellent grip in sharp, quick corners and stiff steering. The ride itself was smooth, and road imperfections were barely felt."

We were not fans of the hard plastic used throughout the interior, but the infotainment system was easy to use. We concluded by saying, "The 2016 Dodge Charger SXT Blacktop is ideal for customers looking for a little more edge in their daily driver. This large sedan is a great alternative to traditional sedans, offering plenty of cargo room, passenger room, and technology. Although the performance may not be where we would like, it likely won't be a hindrance to those buying the SXT."

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2018 DODGE CHARGER SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: V8 6.4 Liter HEMI
Transmission Name
Transmission, TorqueFlite® 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (8HP70)
Trim
Daytona 392 Sedan
Class
Performance Car
Horsepower
485@6000
Standard MPG
15/25
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

MOPAR Interior Appearance Group (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Carpet; MOPAR Bright Door Sills; MOPAR Bright Pedal Kit
$423 $475

Technology Group

INCLUDES: Collision Warning System, Forward Collision Warning Plus; Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive; Door Entry Light; Headlight Control; Lane Departure Warning System; Memory Adjustment: Mirror; Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Detection (BSD); Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; Smart Card/Key; Steering Wheel, Power Tilt/Scope; Windshield Wipers, Rain Sensor
$1331 $1495

Driver Confidence Group

INCLUDES: Door Entry Light; Memory Adjustment: Mirror; Mirror, Heated Automatic Driver; Mirror, Heated Passenger; Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot And Cross Path Detection; Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkSense Rear Park Assist Camera and Radar; Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; Smart Card/Key
$797 $895

Driver Confidence Group

INCLUDES: Door Entry Light; Memory Adjustment: Mirror; Mirror, Heated Automatic Driver; Mirror, Heated Passenger; Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot And Cross Path Detection; Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkSense Rear Park Assist Camera and Radar; Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; Smart Card/Key
$490 $550

Engine: V8 6.4 Liter HEMI

Std Std

Transmission, TorqueFlite® 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (8HP70)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Maximum Steel Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Granite Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Indigo Blue

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Destroyer Grey

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, F8 Green

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Torred

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Octane Red Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Billet

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Go Mango

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, White Knuckle

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Pitch Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Yellow Jacket

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

CONTAINED IN: [UAQ/UDQ/UJQ] Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4" Display (Island Country)
Std Std

Cargo Net

Std Std

Cargo Net CKR

$27 $30

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

CONTAINED IN: [UAQ/UDQ/UJQ] Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4" Display (Island Country)
Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive

CONTAINED IN: [ADG] Technology Group
Pkg Pkg

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Door Entry Light

CONTAINED IN: [AJV] Driver Confidence Group; [ADG] Technology Group
Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Memory Adjustment: Mirror

CONTAINED IN: [AJV] Driver Confidence Group; [ADG] Technology Group
Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internal HD and Traffic Info

CONTAINED IN: [UAQ/UDQ/UJQ] Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4" Display (Island Country)
Grp Grp

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Remote Engine Starter

Std Std

MOPAR Wireless Phone-Charging Pad (Dealer)

$334 $375

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

SiriusXM Traffic Service & Travel Link 5 Year Subscription

CONTAINED IN: [UAQ/UDQ/UJQ] Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4" Display (Island Country)
Grp Grp

Smart Card/Key

CONTAINED IN: [AJV] Driver Confidence Group; [ADG] Technology Group
Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Uconnect, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

CONTAINED IN: [UAQ/UDQ/UJQ] Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4" Display (Island Country)
Grp Grp

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.4-Inch

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.090

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 18.5 Gallon

Std Std

Engine Block Heater

$85 $95

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Rear-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Power Sunroof

INCLUDES: Sunroof, Glass Power
$1153 $1295

Daytona Decals Delete

N/C N/C

Spoiler, Trunk/Hatch

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Power

CONTAINED IN: [GWA] Power Sunroof
Grp Grp

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Laminated Side

Std Std

Brake Calipers - Red

$174 $195

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

CONTAINED IN: [ACX] MOPAR Interior Appearance Group (Dealer)
Std Std

Floor Mats, Carpet

CONTAINED IN: [ACX] MOPAR Interior Appearance Group (Dealer)
Pkg Pkg

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Console; Doors And Instrument Panel ; Alloy & Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

MOPAR Bright Door Sills

CONTAINED IN: [ACX] MOPAR Interior Appearance Group (Dealer)
Pkg Pkg

MOPAR Bright Pedal Kit

CONTAINED IN: [ACX] MOPAR Interior Appearance Group (Dealer)
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel, Power Tilt/Scope

CONTAINED IN: [ADG] Technology Group
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Heated Alloy & Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

LED Lights, Brake Lights

Std Std

Body-Color Driver Power Door Mirrors, Body-Color Heated Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Mirror, Heated Automatic Driver

CONTAINED IN: [AJV] Driver Confidence Group
Pkg Pkg

Mirror, Heated Passenger

CONTAINED IN: [AJV] Driver Confidence Group
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Daytona Car Cover

$334 $375

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Plum Crazy Pear Coat

$62 $70

B5 Blue Pearl Coat

$61 $69

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Collision Warning System, Forward Collision Warning Plus

CONTAINED IN: [ADG] Technology Group
Pkg Pkg

Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

Std Std

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlight Control

CONTAINED IN: [ADG] Technology Group
Pkg Pkg

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Heated Washer

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

CONTAINED IN: [ADG] Technology Group
Pkg Pkg

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Limited Slip Differential

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot And Cross Path Detection

CONTAINED IN: [AJV] Driver Confidence Group
Pkg Pkg

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)

CONTAINED IN: [ADG] Technology Group
Pkg Pkg

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkSense Rear Park Assist Camera and Radar

CONTAINED IN: [AJV] Driver Confidence Group
Pkg Pkg

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkView Camera and Radar

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Rain Sensor

CONTAINED IN: [ADG] Technology Group
Pkg Pkg

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

CONTAINED IN: [AJV] Driver Confidence Group; [ADG] Technology Group
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Bench Heated Split Folding

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Ventilated 12-Way Power Heated Sports with Memory

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Synthetic Suede/Leather

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black/Brazen Gold Daytona Performance Suede/Leather

N/C N/C

Amplifier

CONTAINED IN: [AY1] Harman Kardon Audio Group
Grp Grp

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

CONTAINED IN: [UAQ/UDQ/UJQ] Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4" Display (Island Country)
Grp Grp

Audio System, Uconnect® 4C AM/FM Radio, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen and Digital Media Card

Std Std

Harman Kardon Audio Group

INCLUDES: Amplifier; Speakers, 19 Upgraded Harman/Kardon®
$1776 $1995

Remote Audio Controls

CONTAINED IN: [UAQ/UDQ/UJQ] Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4" Display (Island Country)
Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Speakers, 19 Upgraded Harman/Kardon®

CONTAINED IN: [AY1] Harman Kardon Audio Group
Grp Grp

Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4" Display (Island Country)

INCLUDES: Audio System, AM/FM Radio, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen; Bluetooth®; Connection To External Entertainment Devices; N/A in Carribean and Pacific Island Markets; Navigation System, with Internal HD and Traffic Info; Remote Audio Controls; SiriusXM Traffic Service & Travel Link 5 Year Subscription; Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System
$752 $845

Power Steering

Std Std

Alternate Suspension

Std Std

Suspension, Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Tires, Pirelli P245/40ZR20 Summer

Std Std

Tires, Pirelli P275/40R20 Summer

$530 $595

Wheels, 20" Alloy

Std Std
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
36
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Marginal
NHTSA Rating Front Side
4
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5