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6 Unlikely Dodge R/T Cars For Sale on Autotrader

When you think of the R/T moniker associated with the Dodge brand, you’re most likely to think about brawny muscle cars like the Charger R/T, the Challenger R/T and maybe even the muscular Durango R/T. You probably think of (at least) eight cylinders pounding under the hood making a lot of power and a lot of noise.

R/T stands for “road and track,” implying that Dodge R/T models are equipped for use on both the road and the track. But there are a few models in Dodge history wearing R/T badges that almost certainly have never seen a racetrack. Dodge has gotten a little too generous with the R/T badge and put it on some unexpected vehicles, mostly in the 2000s. Here are a few cars, trucks and SUVs where you might not expect to see the R/T name for sale on Autotrader.

2004 Dodge Stratus

2004 Dodge Stratus R/T — $4,980

The Dodge Stratus was a forgettable midsize car that saw two generations from the mid-90s through the mid-2000s before it was replaced by the equally forgettable Avenger. However, do you remember the Stratus Coupe from the second-generation? It was a 2-door that was built by Mitsubishi and actually had more in common mechanically with the Mitsubishi Eclipse than the sedan version of the Stratus.

There was a performance-oriented Stratus R/T Coupe powered by a 3.0-liter V6 making 200 horsepower. This engine was also shared with the Eclipse and is actually from the same family of engines that powered the Mitsubishi 3000GT and the Dodge Stealth, another Mitsubishi/Dodge 2-door duo. The one we see here has a 5-speed manual transmission, which I bet you didn’t know you could get in a Stratus. Find a Dodge Stratus for sale

2008 Dodge Nitro

2008 Dodge Nitro R/T — $7,688

The Dodge Nitro was an oddly-styled Dodge version of the Jeep Liberty. While the Liberty was supposed to be an off-roader, the Nitro was intended to be more for the street, even though they were basically the same SUV. However, one difference between them was the availability of a 4.0-liter V6 that came with the Nitro R/T which wasn’t available in the Liberty.

This engine made 260 hp — surprisingly making this the most powerful car on our list — and was really one of the few advantages of the R/T over an SLT model powered by a smaller V6. You get R/T embroidery and red stitching on the seats, but other than that, there isn’t a lot that makes the R/T model special. The one we see here is in the distinct burnt orange paint that seemed common among Nitros and is available from Zombie John’s in North Canton, Ohio which is my new favorite car dealership name.  Find a Dodge Nitro for sale

2014 Dodge Journey

2014 Dodge Journey R/T — $14,998

The Dodge Journey is still being built to this day and has barely been updated at all since it was first introduced in 2009, but the sporty R/T trim was discontinued after 2016. The R/T trim makes no performance improvements to the Journey (unless you count a “sport-tuned” suspension) and uses the same ubiquitous 3.5-liter Pentastar V6 yielding the same 235 hp rating as the lesser V6-powered Journey trims.

The Journey R/T is really just an aesthetic upgrade to this 3-row SUV, and it’s fine if you want a practical crossover with a slightly sporty edge. This one for sale in Tifton, Georgia has been surprisingly babied, with only 12,736 miles driven on it since 2014.  Find a Dodge Journey for sale

2015 Dodge Grand Caravan

2015 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T with Braun Ability Conversion — $39,000

Here we have what might be the coolest handicap-accessible van on Autotrader. It’s a Dodge Grand Caravan R/T with the Braun Ability Conversion, which makes it wheelchair-friendly with a power lift and a power ramp. It even comes with a free wheelchair designed for the van’s latching system.

The Grand Caravan R/T was kind of like the Journey R/T in the sense that it was just aesthetically edgier than the non-R/T trims and came well-appointed with features. Another nice thing about this one is the fact that it only has 1,274 miles on the clock, which means it’s in like-new condition. That’s part of the reason it’s one of the most expensive used Grand Caravans on Autotrader, with an asking price of $39,000.  Find a Dodge Grand Caravan for sale

2007 Dodge Caliber

2007 Dodge Caliber R/T — $4,850

You may remember the hot SRT4 version of the Dodge Caliber, but do you remember the lesser R/T model? The Caliber replaced the Dodge Neon as a compact hatchback with distinct, quirky styling. One of the things that made it stand out was the availability of all-wheel drive, with which this example for sale in Glendale Heights, Ohio comes equipped.

The R/T trim was only around for a couple of years and came with a 2.4-liter inline-four engine making 172 hp. That makes it the least powerful R/T model on this list. Most Caliber R/T models (including all AWD models) were equipped with a CVT, but it was possible to get a FWT Caliber R/T with a manual transmission. The Caliber R/T had the predictable R/T upgrades for the 2000s, like a distinct exterior package, a sport-tuned suspension and a chrome exhaust tip.  Find a Dodge Caliber for sale

1999 Dodge Dakota

1999 Dodge Dakota R/T — $9,900

And now for the only Dodge R/T model on the list with a V8 engine: a rare Dakota R/T pickup. This one wears a yellow paint job with a custom Super-Bee-inspired stripe wrapped around the bed. The Dakota R/T was rear-wheel-drive-only and was powered by a 5.9-liter Magnum V8 making 250 hp and 345 lb-ft of torque.

Other R/T upgrades included a limited-slip differential, sport suspension and steering, performance exhaust, better brakes, special wheels and of course, R/T badging inside and out. The Dakota R/T made a brief and unimpressive comeback for the 2005-2006 models of the Dakota with no performance upgrades. Most high-performance factory pickups are full-size trucks, like the Chevy Silverado SS and Dodge’s own Ram R/T models, which makes the Dakota R/T unique for being a muscular midsize pickup.  Find a Dodge Dakota for sale

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  1. Lord there’s a lot of trash on this list! Sad when the Stratus Coupe is the highlight, or the Dakota which was OK back then. 

  2. Dodge’s R/T trim level is the most watered down “performance marque” in the whole automotive world.

    People complain about BMW putting M badges on crossovers and Mercedes making AMG SUVs or even Ford putting ST badges on car based family haulers, but no performance badge has as little value as R/T does nowadays.
    • Yeah Dodge and Chrysler as a whole have been terrible at marketing. In the 2000s they came out with the SRT line for high performance making the regular better known RT redundant and only meaning mid level. Then they try’d and completely failed at turning SRT into its own brand. Since killing off the viper the only thing they have going for them left is the Hellcats name but even that’s almost a joke as a usable vehicles

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Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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