2021 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger has always been a close relative of the Dodge Challenger, but in recent years it’s become a little difficult to tell the two apart. With the Charger receiving the Widebody package option and even getting its own SRT Hellcat Redeye rendition, the 4-door passenger car may even replace the Challenger as the flagship muscle car for the automaker. Revving its high horsepower engines in 2021, the Dodge Charger is here to stay.
Supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8
Avail. Engine Type
For 2021, Dodge has reduced the number of trims for the Charger to seven, with five engine types. The lineup consists of the SXT, GT, R/T, Scat Pack, Scat Pack Widebody, SRT Hellcat Widebody, and SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. Sitting under the hood of the SXT and GT trims is the famous 3.6-liter V6 engine, optimized with variable valve timing (VVT) for added performance. Able to generate up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, it’s a great start for a sedan. Only available on the R/T is another legend, the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine, optimized with VVT and a Multi-Displacement System (MDS) that shuts off half of the eight cylinders when cruising to conserve fuel. This beauty is known to generate up to deliver 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque.
Going up the list, a powerful 6.4-liter V8 SRT HEMI engine with MDS is pushing up the numbers on the Charger Scat Pack and Scat Pack Widebody, able to produce 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. The only engines better are the supercharged engines on the Hellcat trims. Under the hood of the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 SRT engine, generating 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Getting its own Redeye variant, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody really brings it home with 797 horsepower and 707 lb.-ft. of torque.
Regardless of trim, Dodge is keeping gears on the Charger easy by pairing each engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. That means fuel economy is fairly simple across. The 3.6-liter V6 gets 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The 5.7-liter V8 HEMI has a fuel economy of 16/25 mpg city/highway, and the V8 SRT HEMI is looking at an EPA of 15 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Then, both SRT Hellcat engines get 21 mpg on the highway.
There are plenty of options available for configuring a Dodge Charger, but there are also a number of standard features, such as heated exterior mirrors and automatic headlamps. If looking for the upscale, such as blind-spot indicators on the mirrors and projector LED fog lamps, consumers will find them on all trims following and including the Scat Pack trim. Convenient features like overhead LED lights, automatic high-beam headlamps, and rain-sensitive windshields are available on select trims throughout the lineup.
With all the graphics and decals, there are plenty of ways to personalize the look of a Charger, including one of many paint jobs – Pitch-Black, Hellraisin, Granite, Smoke Show, Triple Nickel, Indigo Blue, Frostbite, Octane Red, TorRed, Go Mango, Sinamon Stick, FB Green, and White Knuckle. Depending on the trim and options available, a 2021 Dodge Charger can ride on the standard 17-inch wheels or 20-inch wheels, with many different tires and designs also available.
Cloth upholstery may be the standard for the 2021 Dodge Charger SXT, GT, and R/T trims, but things become upscale quickly with Nappa and Alcantara leather seating in the Scat Pack and Scat Pack Widebody trims. The two Hellcat trims come with Laguna leather with the Hellcat Logo. All trims except for the SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye come with an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a 60/40 split-folding rear bench.
For some added comfort, heated front and second-row seats, and ventilated front seats, are available on the SXT, GT, R/T and Scat Pack trims. Heated front row seats are standard on the rest of the trims, with heated second-row seats and ventilated front seats available on the Scat Pack trims and standard on the Hellcat trims. Select trims come with a leather-wrapped and/or heated steering wheel. All trims have the ability to add a power sunroof, and lastly, automatic dual-zone temperature control are a lineup standard.
Interested in the tech? Uconnect 4 comes on a 7-inch display on the 2021 Dodge Charger SXT trim, but the rest of the trims come with Uconnect 4C on an 8.4-inch display (available on the SXT). All trims have the option to upgrade to add navigation as well, but come with many other features standard, including Google Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, SiriusXM Radio, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and HD Radio. For listening to beats, a six-speaker system is standard on the SXT trim, but a six- and nine-premium Alpine speaker sound system is standard on the GT, available on the SXT. The six premium Alpine system is also standard on the R/T, Scat Pack, and SRT Hellcat trims, with a 19 Harman Kardon speaker system available as an option instead of the Alpine speakers. Surround sound is available on all trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
Like many Dodge vehicles, the 2021 Dodge Charger keeps the driver and passenger protected with advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental side-mounted front and side-curtain airbags, active head restraints, traction and stability control systems, a ParkView rear back up camera, a ParkSense rear park assist system, keyless entry or keyless enter ‘n go, a security alarm, and a Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System. Advanced features like full-speed forward-collision warning plus, blind-spot and cross-path detection, and lane departure warning plus are available on all trims except the SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye. These trims only come with blind-spot and cross-path detection as standard equipment. Adaptive cruise control with stop and go is available on select trims.
All 2021 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.