2015 Dodge Charger

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What's New for 2015:
  • Revised styling
  • SRT Hellcat model
  • Standard 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Updated UConnect infotainment system
  • Smartphone-linked remote start
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

The 2015 Dodge Charger is a large sedan offering 5-passenger seating capacity, rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), V-6 and V-8 engines, and seven trim levels, including the all-new high-performance SRT Hellcat, which Dodge claims is the fastest, most powerful sedan in the world. Among the Charger's primary competitors are the Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet SS, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis, and Toyota Avalon.

Models and Features
For car shoppers who like variety, the 2015 Dodge Charger's list of trim levels is sure to stimulate a smile or two. There are seven in total, starting with the entry-level SE, which provides access to a host of standard amenities, such as a V-6 engine, automatic headlights, LED interior lighting and daytime running lights, 5-in. touch-screen display, Bluetooth connectivity, push-button start, and 17-in. alloy wheels. The typical basics, like power windows and locks, are also included on all SEs.

Move one step up and you'll find the popular Charger SXT. To differentiate it from the SE, Dodge has fitted the SXT with LED fog lights, heated mirrors and front seats, dual-zone climate control, 8.4-in. touch-screen display, 276-watt premium audio system, power driver's seat with 12-way adjustment, and 18-in. alloy wheels.

A more enthusiast-oriented driving experience is available with the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, a car that's equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine, rear spoiler, paddle shifters, upgraded chassis and exhaust components, and 20-in. alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires. The Charger R/T can also be ordered in R/T Road & Track and R/T Scat Pack versions; depending on which is selected, extras include HID headlights, unique grille, memory settings for the driver, aluminum foot pedals, premium cloth upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and other premium touches. In addition, those two R/T variants allow drivers to configure the responsiveness of the steering and powertrain, monitor various performance parameters, and utilize a launch-control system.

One other bit of hardware found on the R/T Scat Pack is a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, an engine that's also employed in the 2015 Charger SRT 392. Serving to up the ante even more, the 392 tacks on a flat-bottom steering wheel, Brembo brakes, track mode, and an SRT-specific adaptive suspension system.

Proving that enough is never really enough, Dodge drove the Charger deeper yet into modern-day hot-rod territory by introducing the new-for-2015 SRT Hellcat. Behind the friendly name are some unique styling cues and, more importantly, a supercharged Hemi V-8. Both SRTs offer new owners complimentary enrollment in a 1-day high-performance driving program.

Under the Hood
Like its multitude of trim levels, the 2015 Dodge Charger's engine lineup also offers buyers a significant number of options. Starting things off is a 3.6-liter V-6 that generates 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, all of which is directed to the rear or all four wheels via a standard 8-speed automatic transmission. The Charger SXT can be upgraded with sport-tuned exhaust and cold-air intake systems to punch output up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque.

Those numbers are more than adequate for the masses, but buyers who select the Charger R/T or Charger R/T Road & Track are treated to a 370-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology. Outshining that engine is the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 used by the R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392. This motor also features cylinder deactivation but produces a stout 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque.

Remarkably, the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat's supercharged Hemi makes those numbers seem mediocre at best. With 6.2 liters of displacement and 11.6 psi of available boost, the Hellcat delivers 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. An upgraded 8-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Fuel Economy
At first glance, the idea of squeezing noteworthy fuel economy from a full-size, non-hybrid sedan may seem a bit far-fetched, but EPA ratings suggest otherwise. According to that government agency, the 2015 Dodge Charger averages up to 31 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined when equipped with the standard 3.6-liter V-6. Those figures are tempered, at least somewhat, by the car's 19-mpg city rating.

As for the 5.7- and 6.4-liter Hemi V-8s, drivers can expect them to deliver 15-16 mpg around town, but up to 25 mpg on the highway. Overall, the EPA claims these high-performance engines will average 18-19 mpg.

Safety and Technology
In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2015 Dodge Charger received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--in all categories. As this overview is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated the crashworthiness of the 2015 Dodge Charger.

All 2015 Dodge Chargers are fitted with 7 air bags, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and stability control. Also available are intelligent cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning systems, rearview camera, rear park-assist sensors, adaptive headlights, and lane-keep assist.

Looking beyond safety, the 2015 Charger tackles the technology front with 552-watt Beats and 900-watt Harmon Kardon audio upgrades, and an 8.4-in. touch-screen navigation system.


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