2018 Dodge Charger
For those looking for power and control on the road, Dodge vehicles will fit the bill easily. Whether in the market for a family car, a utility vehicle, a muscle car, or a sedan that’s not quite just a sedan, Dodge has it. In 2018, the Dodge Charger is bringing some changes that will not only make it a better vehicle, but will continue its legacy as more than a sedan – it’s a four-door muscle car.
6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 SRT
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The trim lineup for the 2018 Dodge Charger will see some changes this year. With two available drivetrains, most of the lineup has rear-wheel drive (RWD), whereas two trims, the Dodge Charger GT and GT Plus, come with all-wheel drive (AWD). The rest of the lineup on RWD is the Dodge Charger SXT, SXT Plus, SXT Plus Leather, R/T, Daytona, R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, SRT 392, and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The Dodge Charger Daytona trims are a shout out to the past, continued from their inclusion in 2017.
Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 Engine
For 2018, the Dodge Charger SXT, SXT Plus, SXT Plus Leather, GT, and GT Plus trims are all powered by the famous Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine with variable valve timing (VVT) technology, a system that helps improve an engine’s performance and fuel economy. Able to generate 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, and paired to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, these trims have a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Plus, TorqueFlite, also known as AutoStick, allows the driver to manually change gears if they so desire.
5.7-liter V8 HEMI Engine
The 2018 Dodge Charger R/T and Daytona trims are powered by a more powerful engine, the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine, modified with VVT and a a multi-displacement system (MDS) that shuts off four of the eight cylinders when the vehicle is cruising at a steady speed to conserve fuel economy. This engine delivers a total of 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque and is also paired to the TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. When the Dodge Charger is equipped with a 5.7-liter engine, the above trims have an EPA of 16/25 mpg city/highway.
Saved for the high-end trims, SRT engines are the most powerful in the lineup. The 2018 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, and SRT 392 trims are powered by the 392 V8 SRT HEMI engine, with MDS, and generates 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. Paired with the TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, these trims get 15 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The strongest trim, the 2018 Dodge Charger Hellcat, is powered by the supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 SRT engine, able to produce 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, and able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. It has a highway fuel economy of 22 mpg.
For some aesthetic changes on the Dodge Charger, consumers can pick certain add-ons, such as a black painted roof, dual carbon racing stripes, a performance hood with heat extractors, and certain trims like the Charger Daytona will get its respective “Daytona” front grille badge. For features that seal the deal, Dodge puts automatic headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, an acoustic windshield and acoustic front door glass to dull outside sound, and remote proximity keyless entry on the entire lineup of 2018 Dodge Charger trims.
Select trims past the base, SXT, can be found with heated exterior mirrors and a blind-spot indicator. Depending on the trim, the chassis of the Dodge Charger may ride on 18-, 19-, or 20-inch wheels made of various materials and different designs. Consumers may have up to twelve colors to choose from when deciding the paint job of their 2018 Dodge Charger.
The seating capacity for the Dodge Charger is five people, and with four doors, it’s much easier to get into than the usual muscle car. Consumers can find a rear 60/40 folding seat, front and rear solar control glass to keep the cabin from heating up, and cloth upholstery standard across the lineup. Select trims go up a beat with leather upholstery, and others sport comfort features like heated front and second-row seats, ventilated front seats, and automatic temperature control.
Consumer may choose to install a power sunroof on select trims if they like the feel of open air on the road. When folding down the second row seating, 16.5 cubic-feet of cargo space opens up behind the front row. Other convenient features found on select trims are a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel and leather-wrapped shift knob.
For all 2018 FCA vehicles, the next-generation Uconnect system is available. Unlike some brands, Dodge isn’t holding out on the tech, making Uconnect 4 a lineup standard, capable of Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities, and integrated Bluetooth voice command. The main difference between trims is whether that infotainment system is on a 7-inch touchscreen or an 8.4-inch touchscreen display (with navigation).
The sound system for the base trim is a standard six-speaker system, but the rest of the lineup has a six premium speaker sound system. Going beyond that, some trims have the option of opting in for the Beats Audio Group or upgrading to a 19-speaker sound system with a subwoofer. Dodge Performance Pages for recording acceleration, track times, and more are standard on the 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona, R/T Scat Pack, and Daytona 392. SRT Performance Pages are found on the two SRT trims, the 2018 Dodge Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat.
Safety Features and Warranty
Found on the 2018 Dodge Charger are many standard and advanced safety features. Across the lineup, consumers can find advanced multistage front airbags with supplemental front seat-mounted and side-curtain front and rear airbags, stability and traction control systems, a ParkSense rear park assist system, a ParkView rear backup camera, LATCH child seat tether anchors, a Sentry Key theft deterrent system, and keyless enter ‘n go technology. Advanced features found available on select trims include blind spot and cross path detection, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and full speed forward collision warning plus.
All 2018 Dodge Charger models are covered by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.