The first Dodge Charger debuted in 1966 and was an instant hit.
Over time, Chrysler made changes that slowed sales. In fact, there was no Dodge Charger for 19 years until it returned in 2006 as a large, rear-wheel drive sedan. Sales of Charger since 2006 have been very good, some years hitting well over 100,000 vehicles.
Now comes the redesigned 2015 model. You can tell at a glance that Chrysler designers put their heart and soul into making the Charger more appealing. Although it is the same size, Charger looks smaller. All four corners are more rounded, there is a beautiful new front end featuring a smaller grill, a lowered front end and new front and rear lighting. Charger retains its heritage “coke bottle” side view. Every panel on the 2015 Charger is different except the rear doors. Visually, this is a stunning automobile, with one of the best paint jobs I have ever seen on any car. Chrysler’s Pearl Coat paint is incredible.
My press vehicle is the SXT model and it comes with a 3.6-liter V6 putting out 292-horses, and I will say it feels like a V8. It comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission that is rated at an exceptional 31 miles per gallon highway, and I am getting closer to 34.
Although the SXT is sort of the middle of the road version, it comes very well-equipped. As standard equipment you get Chrysler’s terrific Uconnect system, which incorporates 9-1-1 and assist call, roadside assistance calling options, theft alert, voice texting and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Other notable standard features are automatic headlights, keyless entry, pushbutton start, and remote start. You also get climate controlled air conditioning, heated front seats, power driver’s seat, power windows and door locks, 18” aluminum wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, and voice activation.
My Jazz Blue tester has $2985 worth of options. First is the Sport Appearance group, and for $1195 you get magnificent 20” aluminum wheels, performance suspension, and a rear spoiler. Next is the Driver Confidence package that is $1095 and gets you rear park assist system, blind spot monitoring, auto-dimming rear view mirror, and heated mirrors.
The final option is the navigation system for $695. Along with the terrific Chrysler navigation system, you get a backup camera, real-time traffic for five years, HD radio, and SiriusXM travel link. All three packages are good values and I would recommend them.
I have to admit I was disappointed when I opened the door and looked inside the Charger. The interior to me looks cheap, has too much plastic, and the cloth seat material looks dated. The dash layout is great, there is a new shifter that looks nice, and for 2015, there is a new steering wheel with controls that is terrific. Overall, however, I was just not impressed with the interior of the car. Although not attractive, the seats are comfortable and there is ample room for three rear seat passengers.
Driving dynamics of the Charger are very good for a big sedan, with very little body roll. The 2015 Charger uses electric power steering as standard equipment with three different feedback modes: Normal, Comfort, and Speed. The suspension has been retuned, with cast aluminum axles lighter than the steel ones they replace, and a sport mode that makes throttle mapping more aggressive and speeds shifting.
Here is my take on the 2015 Charger SXT: it’s a car designed to look exceptional on the outside, geared to guys who want a tough looking car, but doesn’t want to pay for an upgraded leather interior. If you are that guy, Charger SXT is the car for you. I find the Charger to be a very good value.
What I liked most: Exterior looks, the paint job, and the 20” wheels.
What I would change: The overall cheap feel of the interior.
MSRP: Base price $29,995. As equipped $33,975.
Fuel Economy: 19 City/31 highway/23 combined, actually doing better.
Odometer reading when tested: 1198 miles.
Weight: 4264 Pounds.
Length-Width-Height: 198.4” long/75” wide/58.2” High.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gallons.
Towing Capacity: 1000 pounds.
2015 Charger in a few words: Hot looking ride, great value!
Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain coverage with roadside assistance.
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