Dodge generated a ridiculous amount of attention when they debuted the Challenger Hellcat with its 707 horsepower. They followed this up with the news that they were doing the same thing with the all-new Dodge Charger, which is a sedan for Pete’s sake. Although not the insane Hellcat, the Dodge Charger SXT is your barely sane family sedan.
Muscle cars are about as American as cars get. They’re all power and noise and squealing tires and, “Get outta my way!” which makes them, frankly, awesome. They’re the apple pie of cars. Everyone has a favorite and will swear that whatever you think is the best is not because their favorite is way better. The Dodge Charger is my favorite apple pie.
There are a lot of reasons to truly love this car and they’re not all about power, but while we’re on the topic, let’s mention that this thing will blow the doors off of most other cars. There’s a 3.6-liter V6 under that impressive hood paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission pumping out 292 horsepower.
My test vehicle also had the $595 Rallye Group which brings that number up to 300 horsepower and adds in some sporty appearance touches including a gloss black fascia applique, R/T front end, Rallye badge, and rear body-color spoiler. It also adds steering wheel mounted shift control. Taking advantage of those paddle shifters lets you rev that engine monstrously high and scare the neighbors.
That’s half the reason you buy a car like this in the first place. You want all that in your face power and the Dodge Charger delivers. It will smoosh you back into your seat and put a smile on your face every time you step on the gas. Also, let’s get rid of the notion that muscle cars are only good in a straight line.
The Charger handles beautifully. It is fast and powerful on straightaways and takes winding roads with ease. There is no sense that it is suddenly a big, bulky, muscle car, except in the rumbling sound of that engine.
The AWD Premium Group adds a huge list of features including Nappa leather sport seats with metallic accents that were very comfortable and supportive. These aren’t small, tight, sports car seats but ample sedan seats. There is plenty of room no matter where you sit for even the tallest passengers and enough room in the back that kids are likely to stick to their own turf without arguing about invading each other’s spaces.
That AWD Premium group also adds things like ventilated, power adjustable front seats, heated back seats and rear armrest with cupholders, Beats premium speakers with subwoofer and 552-watt amplifier, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, security alarm, blind spot and cross path detection, rear backup camera, and power heated mirrors with manual fold-away.
That’s an option package that will run you $5995 but even without all those options, this is a fully featured sedan. There are all the requisite airbags along with 4-wheel anti-lock disc performance brakes, ready alert braking, electronic stability control, all speed traction control, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring display, keyless entry and remote start all as standard features.
The infotainment system is Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect with an 8.4″ touchscreen and AM/FM/SXM/BT. It comes with a 6-month Uconnect Access trial and a 1-year SiriusXM subscription. Audio buffs will appreciate the 6 premium speakers with 276-watt amplifier. There is also voice command with Bluetooth.
The Dodge Charger SXT AWD will appeal to your practical side with AWD to manage winter weather, plenty of room for hauling a family and all their stuff, and a starting price just over $30K.
It will also appeal to your fun side with lots of horsepower in a menacing, muscle-car package. The Charger delivers power and performance while sticking to its sedan roots with a comfortable, spacious ride that the whole family will love.
2015 Dodge Charger SXT Rallye AWD
Base Price: $32,995
Price As Tested: $39,585 (not including destination charge)
- Gorgeous Muscle Car Styling
- Great Performance
- Priced Within Reach
- Fuel Economy
- Pricey Option Packages