REVIEW: 2015 Dodge Charger RT Scat Pack – The Sedan With Muscle Car Chops

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2015 Dodge Charger RT Scat Pack

The 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack hits every muscle car button. It looks aggressive and ready to chew up the road. It sounds incredible when you turn on the engine, even though it will likely wake your neighbors. It also has more horsepower than any sedan should rightly possess. The one thing it has that is decidedly unlike a typical muscle car is enough room to take the family around town, along with all their cargo.

Muscle cars are not typically known for being family friendly. They have backseats that no human can sit in unless they’re also a contortionist. Trunk space is typically meager and comfort is eschewed in favor of sportiness. The Charger somehow manages to pull of being a family sedan with lots of performance. It’s the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of cars, but without any evil tendencies of which we are aware.

2015 Dodge Charger RT Scat Pack Trunk

Let’s start with the practical side of the Dodge Charger, because it’s bonkers that you can even say that about a muscle car. We took the Charger RT Scat Pack on a weekend camping trip. Two adults, two kids, sleeping bags, a cooler full of hot dogs and beverages, camp chairs, the whole kit and caboodle. We fit and so did our stuff. We didn’t have to sit on the trunk to close it and the kids didn’t have to deal with bags stuffed into the backseat. Everything simply fit thanks to 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space. If you’ve got more stuff and fewer passengers, the rear seats even split 60/40 to accommodate longer cargo.

The drive to the campsite was two hours and, despite being a car that’s all about the horsepower, it was a comfortable trip. The kids had plenty of room in back to spread out without getting in each other’s spaces. Up front both passenger and driver get 8-way power adjustable seats with 4-way power adjustable lumbar support. The Nappa Leather/Alcantara Suede Seats w/Logo ($1,595) package adds ventilation to the front seats and heated seats all around.

2015 Dodge Charger RT Scat Pack Seating

The front seats are heavily bolstered, but wide enough that even those with broad shoulders won’t feel squished and uncomfortable. It’s a reminder that this car would like to take a ride or two on the track and that you’re going to need that bolstering to stay firmly in place on the corners.

That’s the practical. Now, let’s talk about the fun stuff.

This monster has a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. Press the gas pedal and you will be rewarded with a roaring engine as the car rockets forward. Getting up to speed on the highway takes no time at all. You’ll find you have to ease up because you’re suddenly at the speed limit without even realizing how you got there so quickly. There’s your muscle.

2015 Dodge Charger RT Scat Pack Rear

Despite being large and having a hood that is nothing short of imposing from behind the steering wheel, handling is easy. It’s responsive with no sloppiness. Sharp maneuvers through heavy traffic are easy thanks to quick acceleration and solid braking which provide plenty of control and confidence.

The Dodge Charger RT Scat Pack does a fantastic job of combining the key features of a sedan with all the performance of a muscle car. It is spacious, comfortable, and attractive with quality finishes throughout the interior. It’s also an aggressive beast of a car that is intimidated by nothing and leaves you feeling in complete control. The drawback to all that power in a car this size with such a well-appointed interior is fuel economy. It’s rated 15/25/18 city/highway/combined which will have you stopping at the pump more often.

2015 Dodge Charger RT Scat Pack Dashboard

The infotainment system is Chrysler’s Uconnect which is one of the most intuitive systems available. The touchscreen rarely requires more than one tap to respond and the menus are organized in a way that makes sense. The Beats Audio Group ($995) adds 10 Beats premium speaker with subwoofer and a 552-watt amplifier. Roll down the windows, hit the highway, and crank up the sound and it is worth every last penny.

2015 Dodge Charger RT Scat Pack Profile

The Dodge Charger made an impression on everyone this year with the Hellcat, but that isn’t the car for everyone. You can get plenty of performance from other cars in the Charger line-up like the RT Scat Pack. It’s slightly less crazy than the Hellcat, still has loads of power and style, and gives you a chance to drive a family sedan that will make all those minivan drivers weep over their multiple cupholders.

2015 Dodge Charger RT Scat Pack

Base Price: $39,995
Price As Tested: $44,275 (not including destination charge)

Likes

  • Style
  • Powerful Performance
  • Family Sedan Comfort in a Muscle Car

Dislikes

  • No Manual Transmission Option
  • Fuel Economy
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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin