Dodge has been around for 120 years and is a giant of the American automobile industry. Over this lengthy lifespan, it’s experienced almost everything a company can expect to. It was founded by the Dodge brothers in the early 1900s. Following their demise, the company was sold to Chrysler in 1928. It stayed with Chrysler until 2009, when Chrysler filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Following this, Dodge was acquired by Fiat.
There are many words you could use to describe Dodge, but ‘tenacious’ has to be the one that comes up most. Despite the plethora of economic crises that have plagued the automobile industry (in particular 1973 and 2008), Dodge has survived. This admirable stubbornness has carried over into its design philosophy: Dodge makes cars that perform under challenging circumstances. However, that’s not all Dodge’s cars are known for. The best way to see how Dodge’s character shines through its products is to examine those products. Here’s a review of the Dodge Charger (in particular, the 2020 model), and how it exemplifies Dodge’s design principles.
The base SXT Charger model comes with a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that can produce 292 HP. While this is a great starting point, the other engines available are particularly enticing. The other V6 engine comes with the GT model and is similar to the base model with a bit more HP (around 300). On top of this, the Charger comes with four V8 engine types for different models.
The R/T comes packaged with a 5.7L V8 with 370 HP, a significant rise above the 300 HP V6.
At this point, the Charger begins exemplifying its mainstream image—as seen in the Fast and Furious franchise—of being a bastion of American Muscle. However, while the muscle starts to settle in with the R/T, the Charger has much more to offer.
The Scat Pack model comes equipped with a 6.4L V8 engine that outputs 485 HP. The Scat Pack can go from 0 to 60mph in 4.3 seconds. The remaining two engines are both 6.2L supercharged V8 for the Hellcat and 50th anniversary of the Daytona. The Daytona’s engine is the 717 HP version of the Hellcat’s base engine, which produces 707 HP. The Hellcat can barrel to 60mph from rest in 3.6 seconds.
Power is available in droves in all of the Dodge Charger’s models. However, that power comes with a hefty cost. If you opt for the V6 engine, you won’t experience the blistering power of the V8 (though the V6 is by no means weak).
However, the V6 has noticeably better fuel economy than the V8. The V6 has an EPA rating of 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The V8, in contrast, is a gas guzzler. The R/T has the best fuel economy of the V8 varieties, with 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The Hellcat has the worst with a paltry 12 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
The Charger’s interior has never been a weakness nor a strength. The 2020 models are four-door sedans with five seats. The interior is spacious, and the seats are well-made and comfortable; in fact, you could probably seat five adults in the car. Of course, this is contingent upon how tall and broad those adults are. Taller individuals shouldn’t worry, however, since the spacious interior has plenty of legroom and head-room.
However, despite being well-made, it may take you a while to shake the dullness of the interior’s aesthetic. That’s not to say that the interior isn’t well-made; it’s soft and the production value is evident. Rather, there isn’t anything particularly eye-catching or elegant in the interior. As mentioned above, the interior won’t put you off nor seal the deal for the Charger.
The Charger comes equipped with Dodge’s user-friendly and responsive Uconnect Infotainment System. The interior accessories include a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and more. There are some upgrades available too. You can increase the touchscreen’s size to 8.4 inches, as well as install a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.
The Charger’s new exterior design was unveiled in 2011, with the introduction of the 7th generation. The facelift improved the lacking and inconvenient features of the previous generation’s design. Driver visibility was improved by 15%, and the car’s overall shape was made more aerodynamic. There are some atavisms present in the exterior, such as the rear and side style choices, which seem to draw inspiration from the late 60s. The most apparent design changes in the 2020 models come as a result of the wider body. The car’s fenders have to occupy more real estate to accommodate the wider track. Consequently,
the design changes revolve around making the exaggerated benders mesh with the rest of the car. The bumper’s new aerodynamic elements, for instance, are a successful attempt at synthesizing design with function. Overall, the 2020 Charger is an attractive car, especially the limited edition Daytona.
The 2020 Charger earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. The overall rating is composed of three kinds of tests: frontal crash, side crash, and rollover.
The Charger received a four-star rating on the frontal crash test and a five-star rating on the rollover and side crash tests.
The Charger also comes with an assortment of safety features. These features include warnings, such as forward collision and lane-changing warnings. Moreover, it comes with parking assistance features (a rearview camera and parking sensors).
Overall, the Dodge Charger is a thrill-seeker’s dream car. While the V8 quickly burns through fuel, it compensates with riotous speed. Even if speed isn’t the priority, the Charger’s spacious interior and attractive exterior make it an excellent car for any driver. The one annoyance may be the dull interior, but we have a solution for that!
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