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2019 Dodge Charger Review

With its beastly engines and nimble handling, the 2019 Dodge Charger delivers thrilling performance, but its poor predicted reliability rating and bland cabin sink it to the bottom half of our large car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Incredibly powerful optional engines
  • Good handling for a large car
  • Spacious seats
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Poor predicted reliability rating
  • Rivals are more luxurious inside
  • Poor outward visibility
  • Below-average fuel economy

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Dodge Charger's #7 ranking is based on its score within the Large Cars category. Currently the Dodge Charger has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 58 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.3
Safety: 8.4
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Is the Dodge Charger a Good Car?

The Dodge Charger is a good large car. Performance enthusiasts will appreciate its robust engine options and relatively agile handling for a car of its size. This Dodge sedan is spacious in both rows, and its infotainment system is easy to operate. However, the Charger isn't as practical as most rivals, many of which look more upscale and return better gas mileage. The Charger also has the lowest predicted reliability rating in the segment. 

Should I Buy the Dodge Charger?

If you want a sports-oriented car with family-friendly seating, the Charger is right up your alley. Beyond its appealing performance and spaciousness, however, the Charger falls short of class rivals in most areas. You might want to explore some other large cars, like the Chevrolet Impala and Chrysler 300, which have broader appeal. The Dodge Challenger, a sports car that has a lot in common with the Charger, is also a great option.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Dodge Charger?

The 2019 Charger belongs to a generation that began with the 2011 model year. Dodge refreshed the Charger for 2015, updating the interior and exterior styling, adding a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and advanced safety features, and debuting the SRT Hellcat. The 2016 and 2017 models saw minimal changes aside from some feature and trim shuffling (though Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available for 2017). Dodge introduced the GT trim for 2018 and added a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto to the standard features list. The only notable change for this year is that Dodge cuts the Charger's trim lineup from nearly a dozen options to six. Gone are the SXT Plus, SXT Plus – Leather, GT Plus, Daytona, Daytona 392, and SRT 392.

If you want to save money and you're open to driving a used car, consider going with a used Charger from 2015 or newer to likely save thousands of dollars. To research other models in this generation, read our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Dodge Charger. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 49 Reviews Analyzed

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Charger generation, which runs from 2011 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Dodge Charger Cost?

Pricing for the 2019 Charger starts at $29,470, which is below the average cost of a large car. The SRT Hellcat is the most expensive model in the lineup, and it has one of the highest starting prices of nearly $67,800. 

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Dodge dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Dodge deals page.

Dodge Charger Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Dodge Charger or Chevrolet Impala?

If spaciousness is a priority, the Chevrolet Impala is another great car to consider. It has roomy seats and a larger trunk than the Charger. Unlike the Dodge, the Chevrolet's interior features contemporary styling and quality materials. However, the Impala doesn't have the performance chops of the Charger. When comparing base engines, a V6-equipped Charger puts down about 95 more horsepower than the Impala with its four-cylinder engine. The Charger has an available V8 that goes all the way up to 707 horsepower, while the Impala's available V6 delivers less than half that number. The Impala is a better car overall, but go for the Charger if you want the thrilling driving dynamics that the typical large car can't deliver. 

Which Is Better: Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300?

The Chrysler 300's cabin looks and feels more upscale than the Charger's. The 300 has an abundance of standard features and plenty of space in both rows. It can't match the performance that the Charger’s most powerful engines make possible, but its optional 5.7-liter V8 is no slouch. Choosing between these two cars comes down to whether you prefer better performance or a nicer interior.

Which Is Better: Dodge Charger or Dodge Challenger?

The Dodge Challenger offers the same lineup of powerful engines as the Charger. However, the Challenger also has the 797-horsepower Hellcat Redeye trim. The Challenger is a two-door sports car, but it still has two adult-friendly rows of seats and about as much trunk space as the Charger. These are more or less the same cars but with different body styles.

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Charger Interior

How Many People Does the Charger Seat?

This Dodge seats five people. Both rows of seats can accommodate adults without trouble, and you can fit three grownups in the back without anyone feeling squeezed. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, even after a long drive. Outward visibility is poor, however.

Charger and Car Seats

The Charger features two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the system a Marginal rating (the second-lowest rating) for ease of use, noting that some lower anchors are positioned too deep in the seats. 

Charger Interior Quality

The Charger features a spacious, well-built interior. However, it lacks the stylish design and upscale materials that you get in some other large sedans.

Charger Cargo Space

Compared to the rest of the class, the Charger provides an average amount of cargo space – 16.5 cubic feet. That's enough space for more than a dozen shopping bags or the whole family's luggage for a weekend getaway.

Charger Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Charger comes with the Uconnect infotainment system and includes four USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include an upgraded Uconnect system with navigation, one of three premium audio systems, and an 8.4-inch touch screen.

It doesn't get much better than the Uconnect infotainment system. It's incredibly user-friendly thanks to its easy-to-master interface and responsive touch screen. It has physical controls for some functions as well.

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Charger Performance

Charger Engine: Plenty of Choices

Engine options in the Charger range from the 292-horsepower V6 base engine up to the 707-horsepower V8 monstrosity powering the SRT Hellcat. No matter which engine you go with, this large sedan can move with urgency. Still, the V8s really kick things up a notch compared to the V6.

Charger Gas Mileage: Not Super Great

The Charger’s base engine gets the best fuel economy in the lineup. It earns 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which are slightly below-average ratings for a large car. The most efficient V8 gets 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

With its V6, the Charger gets identical fuel economy ratings to the V6-powered Chrysler 300.

Charger Ride and Handling: Better Than Rivals

While large sedans won't ever be confused with sports cars, the Charger handles better than you'd expect considering its size. It stays planted around turns, it’s one of the most agile cars in the class, and it rides smoothly most of the time.

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Charger Reliability

Is the Dodge Charger Reliable?

The 2019 Charger earns a predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. That's one of the lowest ratings among large cars and the lowest score that J.D. Power awards.

Dodge Charger Warranty

Dodge backs the Charger with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. 

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Charger Safety

Charger Crash Test Results

The 2019 Charger earns a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The car received five stars in the side crash test and four stars in both the frontal crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Charger the highest rating of Good in four individual crash tests. The Charger earned a score of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front crash test, a rating of Poor for headlight performance, and a score of Superior for its front crash prevention features. 

Charger Safety Features

The Charger comes with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Charger Dimensions and Weight

The Charger is between 16.4 and 16.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,020 to 4,536 pounds.

Where is the 2019 Dodge Charger Built?

Dodge builds the Charger in Canada.

Which Dodge Charger Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Charger sees its trim lineup cut roughly in half, though you still have plenty of choices. For most buyers, the SXT and GT trims are great choices. The trims above them don't offer much beyond more-powerful engines.

Dodge Charger SXT

The base Charger SXT starts at $29,470 comes with a 292-horsepower V6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, push-button start, and the Uconnect infotainment system with voice recognition, four USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touch screen.

Dodge Charger SXT AWD

The all-wheel-drive Charger SXT AWD starts at $33,570 and features a 300-horsepower V6. It's the only AWD Charger trim. In addition to the base SXT's features, the AWD model comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, performance front seats, and an upgraded Uconnect system with a premium six-speaker audio system and an 8.4-inch touch screen.

Dodge Charger GT

The Charger GT ($31,745) comes with a 300-horsepower V6 and rear-wheel drive. The GT comes with a sport suspension, and its features list is similar to the SXT AWD's.

Dodge Charger R/T

The Charger R/T ($36,245) comes equipped with a 370-horsepower Hemi V8. There's also a Charger R/T Scat Pack, which comes with a 485-horsepower Hemi V8 engine and Brembo brakes. Other standard features in the R/T Scat Pack include heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Dodge Charger SRT

The SRT Hellcat ($67,795) is by far the most powerful Charger trim, featuring a 707-horsepower supercharged Hemi V8. The Charger Hellcat also comes with an adaptive suspension, genuine leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Dodge dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Dodge deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Dodge Charger doesn't have the overall stylishness and quality of most rivals, and it trails the class in fuel economy and predicted reliability. That said, it's a spacious car, and it's available with some of the strongest engines in the segment. The Charger is a good car if you prioritize performance, but if you don't, check out the other models in this class. 

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Dodge Charger isn't a sensible car for sensible drivers. Instead, it's for drivers who want a car that looks cool, makes cool noises, goes obscenely fast and comes in colors such as Go Mango, Plum Crazy, TorRed and White Knuckle. If you're looking for something state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient, refined and anonymously styled, the Charger is not your car. It is practical, though. Four doors, a roomy cabin, and a raft of safety features make the Charger a legitimate choice for family duty. A broad range of standard and optional creature comforts let you tailor the Charger to taste, while the car's Uconnect infotainment interface remains one of the best around. It's even available with all-wheel drive, which helps bolster this performance sedan's usability in inclement weather." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2018 Dodge Charger isn't your typical full-size family sedan. … the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Dodge Charger displays a rowdy, all-American bravado backed up by a team of powerful engine options, including a 707-horsepower Hemi V8 found in the Charger SRT Hellcat. Of course, not every family has $66,000 to drop on a car, which is why it's nice that even the least expensive Charger still offers a potent yet fuel-efficient 292-horsepower V6 engine, great handling, a roomy interior and plenty of features." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The 2016 Dodge Charger is a full-size sedan that offers a totally different take on the typical full-size sedan. For one thing, it isn't designed solely for comfort, and it doesn't have innocuous, widely appealing styling like many of its rivals. Instead, the Charger boasts a bold look with a lot of muscle -- a design that was enhanced with some major stylistic revisions last year. And its rear-wheel-drive chassis is designed more for performance than for wafting over bumps. Love it or hate it, these features give the Charger a personality that most rivals can't match." -- Autotrader (2016)
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