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author photo by Ron Sessions January 2018

The 2015 Dodge Charger offers a uniquely American performance-oriented blend of rear-wheel drive and available V8 power. All-wheel drive is also available, a consideration in parts of the country that experience snowy winters. The sporty, full-size 4-door sedan offers coupe-like styling and is available in a wide variety of packages, from the mild, V6-powered SXT to the wild, HEMI-stuffed R/T and SRT versions.

For 2015, the Charger gets refreshed with a more streamlined, trimmer-looking front end with LED lighting, a revised interior, an across-the-board standard 8-speed automatic transmission, variable-effort electric power steering, push-button start and a larger standard Uconnect infotainment touchscreen. Newly available safety tech includes adaptive cruise control with full stop, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, a backup camera with dynamic grid lines and a full-speed forward-collision warning system.

The big splash for 2015 is the SRT Hellcat, featuring a supercharged 707-horsepower 6.2-liter HEMI V8 and 204 mile per hour top speed capability. The R/T Scat Pack model is also new, dropping the big-inch 485-hp 6.4-liter HEMI V8 into an otherwise stripped down R/T and replacing the previous Super Bee model.

The 2015 Charger continues to be a good used-car choice for the performance-minded driver who wants spaciousness and style in an affordable package.

What We Like

Fuel economy of 3.6-liter V6 with 8-speed automatic; coupe-like styling; HEMI V8 performance; all-wheel-drive availability; Uconnect touchscreen infotainment; Hellcat outrageousness

What We Don't

No manual-transmission option; front seats aren't supportive enough; HEMI fuel-saver mode sometimes overly aggressive; steering could provide more road feedback

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Charger SE and SXT feature a Pentastar 3.6-liter dual-overhead-camshaft V6 with four valves per cylinder and sequential multiport fuel injection. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Pentastar pumps out a healthy 292 hp and packs 260 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded gas. Some versions can also run E85 ethanol. The V6 has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with rear-wheel drive and 18 mpg city/27 mpg hwy equipped with all-wheel drive. An optional Rallye package with cold-air induction and low-restriction exhaust boosts power to 300 hp.

The Charger R/T continues with a 5.7-liter overhead-valve-engine HEMI V8, which produces 370 hp and a robust 395 lb-ft of torque. It runs on regular unleaded gas, but midgrade fuel is recommended for best performance. 2015 models upgrade to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. A fuel-saver mode allows the HEMI to switch to four cylinders under light throttle. The 5.7-liter HEMI is EPA-rated at 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy.

The Charger SRT 392 and R/T Scat Pack feature a larger 6.4-liter version of the HEMI V8 with 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, hooked to an 8-speed automatic. Premium fuel is required. EPA ratings are 15 mpg city/25 mpg hwy.

The Charger SRT Hellcat rolls with an insane, supercharged 707-hp 6.2-liter HEMI with 650 lb-ft of twist, running premium fuel and teamed with an 8-speed automatic. EPA estimates are 13 mpg city/22 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

SE equipment includes the 3.6-liter V6, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, cloth seats, power driver's seat, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, split-folding rear seat, power trunk-lid release, push-button start, remote keyless entry, Uconnect 5.0-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 decoder, USB and auxiliary input jacks, overhead console, auto headlamps, LED tail and running lamps, 17-in alloy wheels, stability and traction control, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, dual exhausts and power door locks, mirrors and windows. AWD is optional.

SXT trim adds LED fog lamps, heated side mirrors, auto air conditioning, Alpine premium DVD audio with an 8.4-in Uconnect touchscreen and SiriusXM radio, voice command with Bluetooth, auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage door opener, driver's-seat lumbar control, heated front seats, 18-in alloys and remote starting. All-wheel drive is an option.

R/T brings the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, paddle shifters, deck-lid spoiler, 160-mile-per-hour speedometer, sport suspension and brakes and 20-in alloy wheels. The R/T Plus trim brings leather seating, a heated rear seat and steering wheel, a power front passenger seat and LED interior accent lighting. The R/T Road and Track trim adds performance brakes, steering and tires, heated and ventilated front seats, heated power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Dodge Performance Pages, power front passenger seat, driver's seat memory and HID headlamps The R/T Scat Pack gets the larger 6.4-liter HEMI, active exhaust, Brembo brakes, performance contoured front seats and backup camera.

SRT 392 gets the 6.4-liter HEMI V8, Brembo brakes, heated and ventilated front seats, flat-bottom steering wheel, rear spoiler, Uconnect 8.4-in premium audio with navigation, 20-in forged alloy wheels, security system, limited-slip differential, HID headlamps, SRT Performance Pages, valet mode and drive-mode selector with adjustable Bilstein suspension damping. The SRT Hellcat rolls with a supercharged 707-hp 6.2-liter HEMI, NACA duct hood with heat extractors and a 200-mph speedometer.

Popular options such as leather seating, navigation, a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, a heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals, adaptive cruise control, a backup camera, a blind spot monitoring system, forward-collision warning and more are available in options packages.

Pricing

The Charger's sporty styling and traditional rear-wheel-drive performance resonate with enthusiasts. Hellcats are rare and pricey. Expect all-wheel-drive Chargers to command higher prices in the snowy Northeast and Upper Midwest.

To check the 2015 Charger's price range, read over the Kelley Blue Book used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see models for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recalls for the 2015 Dodge Charger:

In the much-publicized "hacking" recall, some Chargers have radios with software vulnerabilities that may allow third-party access to some networked vehicle control systems.

If the car is jacked up without chocking the opposite wheels, the body jack point may fail and the car may fall, creating an injury risk.

On SRT Hellcats with the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI, a damaged fuel rail crossover hose o-ring may leak fuel, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.

On AWD models, the front driveshaft bolts may loosen and cause the front driveshaft to disconnect, causing a loss of motion and an increased crash risk.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they'll fix the car at no charge.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA didn't rate the 2015 Charger, but it was relatively unchanged structurally from the 2014 model that the agency gave five stars to overall, with four stars for frontal impacts and five stars for side impacts and rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Charger a good rating for moderate-overlap front-impact tests, side-impact tests, roof strength and seat and head restraint performance, but only a Marginal rating for small-overlap front impacts.

FCA covered the 2015 Charger with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, along with 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain and 5-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranties.

Dodge certified pre-owned (CPO) cars cannot have more than 75,000 miles and must be no more than 5 years old. Every CPO Charger undergoes a 125-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 3-month/3,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from the car's original date of sale. CPO vehicles also include a Carfax report, 24-hour roadside assistance, a car-rental allowance and a 3-month trial of SiriusXM radio.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Ford Taurus -- Ford's biggest car is available with a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder that's EPA-rated at 22 mpg city/32 mpg hwy. Also available are the standard 288-hp 3.5-liter V6 and the 365-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo SHO V6. The Taurus boasts the biggest trunk in the segment at 20.1 cu ft., but interior room is not as generous as the car's large exterior might suggest. A torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system is also available.

2015 Chevrolet Impala -- The stylish and roomy full-size Impala features MyLink infotainment and comes standard with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Powertrain choices include a 196-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with fuel-saving stop-start technology and a peppy 305-hp 3.6-liter V6. The Impala is not available with all-wheel drive.

Autotrader's Advice

While the sporty looks and HEMI V8 sounds of an R/T might be enticing, the SXT with its 292-hp Pentastar V6 and 8-speed automatic offers a better balance of fuel economy and sensible transportation. Rear-wheel drive is always more fun from a performance standpoint, but an all-wheel-drive Charger will alleviate traction headaches in poor weather conditions.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a keeper to put in the garage for future fun, the ground-stomping R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392 or sensational SRT Hellcat will always resound with Mopar fans. Look for a CPO Charger if possible, and check with the dealer to make sure all safety recall items are resolved.

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