Lost in the excitement over the Hellcat model, the Rallye version of the 2015 Dodge Charger shouldn’t be so quickly overlooked. With improved horsepower, great sound and stylish interior and exterior features, it may quietly be the most complete offering of the models.
One of the best things about the Dodge Charger lineup is how different each of the trim models really are compared to each other. Many automakers offer a base, limited and then a premium trim with the differences largely relegated to sunroofs, chrome, navigation and speakers. Dodge takes this up a level by making a dizzying array of trim levels with unique names, unique styling and dramatically different power outputs. For example, the Dodge Charger is offered in a SE, SRT, R/T, R/T Road and Track, R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392, SRT Hellcat. Throw in AWD models including a Plus variant and then top it off with special editions like the Rallye to complete an almost overwhelming array of choices.
While consumers will need to spend hours clicking around online to figure out which model really fits their needs, adding in the special editions like the Rallye is really a benefit to them. It takes the smooth riding Charger to another level.
For the Rallye, Dodge adds in a custom appearance package with a gloss black fascia giving it the R/T front end appearance. It also has a rear body-color matched spoiler giving the sedan a great sporty look. Plus, it has a special Rallye badge along with the steering wheel mounted shifter (a unique feature with most offering a radial shifter).
While it looks good, it also has the 10-speaker Beats audio system with subwoofer which sounds really good with crisp playback and deep bass sounds.
Besides the looks and sounds, Dodge makes sure it keeps the performance by giving the sedan 300 horsepower. While this is a far cry from the 707 HP of the Hellcat, for the average driver, it is plenty of power and makes the sedan feel pretty light on its feet. A 3.6L V6 engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and with all-wheel-drive, it is EPA rated to return good fuel economy for the performance with 18/27/21 MPG city/highway/combined.
On the inside, the Nappa Leather sport seats are comfortable and look like they will handle lots of wear and tear. The Uconnect infotainment system is one of the best in the industry and the various nice features of a back-up camera, heated steering wheel and second-row seats as part of the AWD Plus group are worth the money.
With so many great features, it is hard to come up with anything not to like. However, there are always things to improve on like fuel economy, rear trunk space (a con to having Beats subwoofer) and more rear legroom.
In the end, the various features, powerful engine, all-wheel drive and styling make the Rallye stand out among the various models. If you are in the market, don’t miss this one, it is worth a long look!
Model: 2015 Charger SXT Plus AWD Rallye
Engine: 3.6L V6
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy: 18/27/21 city/highway/combined MPG
- Rallye Package (300 HP, Beats Audio, Interior/Exterior Styling) – $1,195
- AWD Plus Group (heated steering wheel, second-row, mirrors, HID projector headlights, memory seats, back-up camera) – $2,000
Price: $38,475 with $995 destination charge