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2020 Dodge Charger Review

The 2020 Dodge Charger has refined handling, a powerful engine lineup, and user-friendly tech features. However, it ranks near the back of the large car class because of its poor predicted reliability rating and mediocre interior quality.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Composed handling
  • Roomy, comfortable interior
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Poor predicted reliability rating
  • Plastic-heavy interior
  • Mediocre-to-bad fuel economy

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Dodge Charger's #6 ranking is based on its score within the Large Cars category. Currently the Dodge Charger has a score of 7.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 8.4
Reliability:
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Is the Dodge Charger a Good Car?   

The 2020 Dodge Charger is a fine car. It has a spacious interior with comfy seats and an easy-to-use infotainment system. The Charger's standard V6 engine is punchy yet easy on gas, and this big sedan rides smoothly over uneven road surfaces. Opt for a higher trim level and you’ll find a slew of exciting V8 engines, culminating with the 707-horsepower Charger Hellcat Widebody model. Whether you want a family sedan or a muscle car, the Charger has an answer.

It isn’t perfect though. The Charger has lackluster cabin materials compared to its rivals, and the interior styling has begun to look quite dated. The optional V8 engines give the Charger poor fuel economy. Perhaps most notably, the Charger ranks at the back of its class for predicted reliability.

Should I Buy the Dodge Charger?

The 2020 Charger is worth a look, especially if you want a large car with V8 power under the hood. Ultimately, though, there are better options in this segment for shoppers who just want a comfortable cruiser, like the Toyota Avalon and Kia Cadenza. Both have richer interiors and better predicted reliability ratings than the Charger.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Dodge Charger?

If you’re thinking of buying a used Charger, stick with a 2015-or-newer model. Dodge refreshed the Charger’s styling for 2015 and added more safety features, as well as a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. The 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat model also arrived for 2015. There have been few updates since then, aside from the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for 2017.

If you prefer a slightly newer model, read our 2018 Charger and 2019 Charger reviews to help make your decision. You can save money by shopping for a similar 2015 Charger, 2016 Charger, or 2017 Charger, while still finding performance, styling, and features that mirror the 2020 model.

If you're considering an older model, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 59 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 59 Dodge Charger reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This 2020 Charger review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2011.

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How Much Does the Dodge Charger Cost?

The 2020 Dodge Charger has a starting price of $29,895, making it one of the most affordable cars in its class, at least in its base trim. This price point undercuts rivals like the Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon, which start at $34,250 and $35,800, respectively. That said, the Charger’s price rises considerably for its high-performance variants. The Scat Pack Widebody model costs $45,995, while the range-topping SRT Hellcat Widebody rings in at $71,745.

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 Chrysler 300?

The Chrysler 300 has a lot in common with its Charger cousin. Both of these large cars have spacious interiors, the user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system, and the same 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter V8 engine options. In fact, both sedans are built at the same factory. Choosing between these two cars may come down to personal preference. The 300 isn’t available with the Charger’s bombastic 6.4-liter or Hellcat V8 engines, so you should go with the Dodge if that’s a must-have. On the other hand, the 300 rates better for predicted reliability.

Which Is Better: Dodge Charger or Chevrolet Impala?

The Chevrolet Impala will go out of production in early 2020, a casualty of dwindling demand for large sedans. That said, it’s still a worthy option in the segment. The Impala comes standard with a peppy V6 engine, and it rides quite comfortably over rough road surfaces. Its interior materials are on par with the Charger – not great – though both sedans provide generous seating space. Go with the Impala if you just want a pleasant everyday cruiser. It rates considerably better than the Charger for predicted reliability. If you’re aching for high performance, the Dodge is the way to go.

Which Is Better: Dodge Charger or Dodge Challenger?

The choice couldn’t be easier if you’re picking between the Charger and its Dodge Challenger sibling. Both of these cars have nearly the same lineup of powerful engines, as well as the same infotainment system and comparable trunk space. These Dodge cars also have rather spacious interiors, but body style is the main distinction. The Charger is a practical four-door sedan, while the Challenger is a two-door muscle car, making the latter a bit less family-friendly but certainly more eye-catching.

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Charger Interior

How Many People Does the Charger Seat?

The Dodge Charger is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are supportive and well-cushioned, and they provide ample head- and legroom, even for taller occupants. The rear seats are similarly plush and spacious. They can even fit three adults in reasonable comfort, albeit only for short trips.

Cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Charger and Child Car Seats

The Charger has three complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear seats. That's one more full set than most sedans offer. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-worst rating of Marginal for ease of use. The tether anchors are easy to find, but the lower anchors are set too deep in the seats and require a lot of force to attach the car-seat straps.

Charger Interior Quality

The Charger’s cabin is quiet and feels well-built, but it’s let down by some unimpressive interior materials. Despite many of these plastic surfaces being soft to the touch, the overall look is dull and outdated. Look to the Kia Cadenza if you want a large car with a ritzier interior.

Charger Cargo Space

The Charger has 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s about average by segment standards, and it’s roomy enough to fit a couple of large suitcases. The rear seat folds in a 60/40 split to help fit longer items.

Charger Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Charger comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Upgrades include an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and automatic climate control.

Both the 7-inch and 8.4-inch touch screens run Dodge’s excellent Uconnect infotainment system. The menu structure is simple and user-friendly. The screen has crisp graphics, and it responds promptly to inputs. There are also large buttons and knobs underneath the screen, which adjust the core audio and climate controls, so you don’t have to tap or swipe for every function.

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Charger Performance

Charger Engine: Options Aplenty

The Dodge Charger SXT and GT models are equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces around 300 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. This V6 feels energetic, and it can scoot the Charger up to speed briskly. It also provides strong passing power on the highway, thanks in part to the transmission’s quick yet smooth shifts. Rear-wheel drive comes standard. Only models with the V6 engine are available with all-wheel drive, and it’s a worthy upgrade if you live in snowier climes.

Though the V6 is just fine for everyday driving, it’s not quite as exciting as the Charger’s V8 engine options. The R/T model packs a 5.7-liter V8 with 370 horsepower. It produces a lovely exhaust burble and gives the Charger a genuine muscle-car feel. That sensation is enhanced by the Scat Pack’s 6.4-liter V8, which belts out 485 horsepower. It can launch the Charger from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

The Charger Hellcat may be overkill, but it will put a smile on your face. Its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 produces 707 horsepower, enough to blast the Charger from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds – or roast the tires in no time.

Charger Gas Mileage: V6 Sips, V8 Guzzles

The Charger with the V6 engine gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway (18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with all-wheel drive). That’s about average for a large car. That said, fuel economy plummets with the V8 engines. The R/T model gets up to 16/25 mpg city/highway, the Scat Pack models get 15/24 mpg, and the SRT Hellcat manages just 12/21 mpg.

Charger Ride and Handling: "Sports" Sedan

The Charger’s driving dynamics live up to the car's hype. This big sedan darts confidently around turns with little body lean. The standard suspension system helps the Charger glide smoothly over bumps and dips in the road, especially when outfitted with the 17- and 19-inch wheels. The brakes provide assertive stopping power as well, but the steering feels somewhat lackluster.

The Scat Pack and Hellcat models have a stiffer sport-tuned suspension and wider wheels, which improve grip and cornering ability. These models aren’t what you’d call cushy, though the ride is still livable for everyday driving.

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Charger Reliability

Is the Dodge Charger Reliable?

The 2020 Dodge Charger has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. It’s the lowest rating that J.D. Power awards.

Dodge Charger Warranty

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

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Dodge Charger?

The cost of insuring a Dodge Charger will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Charger Safety

Charger Crash Test Results

At the time of writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not conducted full crash tests on the 2020 Charger. However, the NHTSA did perform the side crash and rollover tests, and the Charger earned five out of five stars in both evaluations. The NHTSA did not give the Charger an overall safety rating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Charger the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front evaluation. The Charger's headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead. On the plus side, properly equipped Chargers earned the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of their front crash prevention features.

Charger Safety Features

The Charger comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and automatic high-beam headlights.

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Charger Dimensions and Weight

The Dodge Charger is about 16.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,957 to 4,587 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Dodge Charger Built?

Dodge builds the 2020 Charger in Canada.

Which Dodge Charger Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Dodge Charger is available in seven trims: SXT, GT, R/T, Scat Pack, Scat Pack Widebody, SRT Hellcat Widebody, and Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition. If you want a high-performance muscle car, you should opt for the R/T trim or higher. These models have big V8 engines that supply the Charger with loads of power and help provide quick acceleration.

On the other hand, go with an SXT or GT model if you just want a comfortable everyday cruiser. These models have potent V6 engines, a healthy array of standard features, and available all-wheel drive.

Dodge Charger SXT

The base model Charger SXT has a $29,895 starting price. It’s equipped with a 292-horsepower V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. An all-wheel-drive system is available for $3,700.

Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and satellite radio. Push-button start, remote start, cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and 17-inch alloy wheels are also standard.

Available features include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, a nine-speaker stereo, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a sunroof, and 19- and 20-inch wheels.

There are also several safety options available, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Dodge Charger GT

The Charger GT has a 300-horsepower version of the V6 engine. The rear-wheel-drive GT models start at $31,895, while the all-wheel-drive GTs cost $34,995.

This trim adds an 8.4-inch touch screen, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, dual-zone automatic climate control, a more aggressively styled front bumper, a hood scoop, a rear lip spoiler, and 20-inch wheels. Most options carry over.

Dodge Charger R/T

The midrange Charger R/T trim has a starting MSRP of $36,395. It’s equipped with a 370-horsepower Hemi V8 engine and rear-wheel drive, and it shares its standard features with the GT trim. Most options carry over, though a few more features are available, including a 19-speaker stereo and a Daytona package with decals and cosmetic updates.

Dodge Charger Scat Pack

Pricing for the Charger Scat Pack trim starts at $39,995. This model adds a 485-horsepower V8 engine, an uprated cooling system, launch control and line lock modes, a stiffer suspension, a limited-slip rear differential, high-performance Brembo brakes, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Most options carry over.

Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody

The Charger Scat Pack Widebody starts at $45,995. This trim shares its engine and core features with the standard Scat Pack model, and it adds wider fenders that give it a menacing look. An adaptive suspension is standard in this trim.

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

The Charger SRT Hellcat starts at $71,745. This model comes with a 707-horsepower supercharged V8 engine and widebody fenders. Other standard features include blind spot monitoring, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

It’s worth noting that this trim is not available with many of the Charger’s active safety features, such as adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.

Dodge Charger Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition

The Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition is a limited-production variant of the Hellcat Widebody. It boosts the supercharged engine to 717 horsepower and features Daytona graphics. Pricing starts at $74,140. Only 501 models will be produced.

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 2020 Dodge Charger soldiers on as one of the few remaining nonluxury large cars. It boasts a powerful lineup of V6 and V8 engines, surefooted handling, and enough room that even taller passengers can find space to stretch out. If you want a family-friendly muscle car, the Charger is worth a look. Otherwise, there are better cars with swankier interiors and better predicted reliability ratings than this Dodge.

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

  • "The 2020 Dodge Charger is the choice for buyers that want or need a full-size sedan but prefer not to compromise on performance or practicality. It's precisely these qualities that have made the Charger lineup so successful over the years. … While the Charger lacks some of its competitors' richer interior materials, it makes up for this shortcoming with a superb infotainment system and an engaging driving experience. Between its lively palette of color options and nostalgia-inspiring decals, the Charger is an affordable-performance proposition that's hard to resist." -- Car and Driver
  • "While most family sedans are mild-mannered machines content on moving the family from point A to Point B, the 2020 Dodge Charger accomplishes the same mission, but with a lot more flair." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Edmunds (2019)    
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