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2015 Dodge Charger Review

The 2015 Dodge Charger ranks at the back of the large car class. This legendary muscle car boasts brawny engine options and pleasant handling, but it also has a poor reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular V6 and V8 engines
  • Balanced ride and composed handling
  • Roomy interior
  • High projected ownership costs
  • Mediocre fuel economy with V8 engines

New for 2015

  • Refreshed exterior and interior styling
  • SRT Hellcat trim with 707-horsepower V8
  • More-advanced safety features available




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 8.8
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2015 Dodge Charger Overview

Is the 2015 Dodge Charger a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Dodge Charger certainly has its perks. This large car boasts a roomy interior with user-friendly features. It’s available with a variety of advanced safety systems like forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control. The Charger also has a comfortable ride, and its engine options run the gamut, from a punchy 292 horsepower to an outrageous 707 horsepower.

However, it’s hard to recommend this Dodge because of its poor reliability rating, higher-than-average ownership costs, and some cheap cabin materials. Before you buy, consider top-rated alternatives like the 2015 Kia Cadenza and 2015 Toyota Avalon, which are expected to cost less to own.

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How Much Is the 2015 Dodge Charger?

Based on more than $1,200 listings for the 2015 Dodge Charger on our site, the average price is $22,600. Prices range from $16,000 to $29,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Dodge Charger Cost to Own?

The Charger’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $29,800, or about $6,000 per year. That’s pricier than average for a full-size car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Charger?

The 2019 Dodge Charger starts at around $29,000 but can top $60,000 in its highest trim levels. You can save thousands with a used 2015 model, which still offers many of the same safety features, as well as comparable handling and engine performance. The one thing you won’t find in the 2015 model is support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For either of those systems, you’ll need to stick with 2017-and-newer Chargers.

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There are several new cars that cost less than the 2015 Charger, but most are midsize cars, which are usually not quite as big or powerful as this Dodge. The 2019 Hyundai Sonata (starting at $22,300) offers a roomy and upscale cabin, a user-friendly infotainment system, and better fuel economy. The 2019 Ford Fusion ($22,840) is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class, and it also has easy-to-use tech features.

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Which Model Year of the Charger Is Best?

The 2015 Charger is part of a generation that began with the 2011 model. These cars don’t have the best reputation for reliability, but they do offer muscular engine performance, excellent infotainment features, and generous seating space.

If you plan to buy a used Charger, opt for a 2015-or-newer model. These vehicles have updated exterior styling, higher-quality cabin materials, more-advanced safety features like lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking, and a better eight-speed automatic transmission (replaced a five-speed unit found in earlier models).

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Dodge Charger?

The 2015 Charger has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Dodge Charger Recalls

The 2015 Charger is affected by seven recalls. These address defective Takata air bags that could rupture in the event of a crash, as well as issues with the infotainment and cruise control software, the front drive shaft, the fuel rail, and side sills. Make sure these recalls are addressed by a Dodge dealer before buying a used Charger.

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Which Used Dodge Charger Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Charger is available in seven trim levels: SE, SXT, R/T, Road & Track, Scat Pack, SRT 392, and SRT Hellcat. Because they are quite well equipped, most shoppers will be happy with the entry-level SE and SXT trims.

The base model Dodge Charger SE has a 292-horsepower V6 engine, and it’s available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Standard features include a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB ports, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, power windows, air conditioning, cloth seats, and alloy wheels. The Dodge Charger SXT builds on the base trim with an 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats.

The Charger R/T trim adds a 370-horsepower V8 engine. The R/T Road & Track trim offers rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. The Scat Pack trim adds a 485-horsepower V8 engine, a performance exhaust, Brembo brakes, and a rearview camera.

The two SRT models offer the best performance in the lineup. The Dodge Charger SRT 392 adds a Bilstein adaptive suspension to the Scat Pack's features. The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat comes equipped with a 707-horsepower V8 engine and blind spot monitoring.

Available upgrades include a navigation system, a sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Beats by Dre and Harman Kardon sound systems, leather upholstery, bolstered sport seats, and a suite of active safety features.

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What Does Dodge's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Dodge offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully.

Dodge has one of the worst CPO warranties among affordable carmakers, according to our analysis. Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, Honda, and Mazda are all better.

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How Safe Is the Charger?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Charger the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test. The Charger earned the top score of Good in all other tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the sedan a perfect five-star rating in the rollover test. (It did not perform any other tests on the 2015 Charger.)

The Charger is available with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

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2015 Dodge Charger Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Charger or 2015 Chrysler 300?

The 2015 Chrysler 300 has a lot in common with its Charger sibling. Both of these large cars have luxe and roomy cabins, the same easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system, and a comfortable ride. The 300 even shares two of its engines with the Dodge: the 3.6-liter V6 and the 5.7-liter V8. While it doesn’t have the firepower of the Charger’s biggest V8 engines, the 300 is the better buy for most shoppers. It rates higher for reliability, and used models are often less expensive to buy.

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Charger or 2015 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2015 Chevy Impala is another popular large car. It has a cushioned ride and a spacious interior with quality materials and many of the same safety features that are available in the Charger. The Chevy is not as energetic or as fun to drive as the Dodge, but it’s a better pick for most shoppers. The Impala offers superior fuel economy (up to 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway) and lower projected ownership costs. Used models are typically less expensive to buy, as well.

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2015 Charger Performance

How Does the 2015 Dodge Charger Drive?

The 2015 Charger has four engine options: a 3.6-liter V6 with 292 horsepower (SE and SXT), a 5.7-liter V8 with 370 horsepower (R/T and Road & Track), a 6.4-liter V8 with 485 horsepower (Scat Pack and SRT 392), and a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 707 horsepower (SRT Hellcat). An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available for V6-equipped models only.

The V6 is the best fit for most shoppers. It feels punchy and accelerates briskly, thanks in part to the smooth and quick-shifting transmission. This combination provides ample passing power on the highway as well. The V8 engines lift the Charger into true muscle-car territory, but at the expense of lower fuel economy. The 5.7- and 6.4-liter V8s hustle the Charger from zero to 60 mph in around five seconds. The monstrous SRT Hellcat V8 achieves this sprint in under four seconds.

The Charger finds a nice balance between ride quality and fun-to-drive handling, no matter which engine is under the hood. The Dodge feels stable around turns, its steering is responsive, and its brakes slow the sedan with confidence. The Charger's suspension allows it to glide over rough road surfaces even in the sport-tuned SRT models, which feature an adaptive suspension that can adjust between comfort and track settings.

Does the 2015 Dodge Charger Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Charger V6 gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is average by class standards. The V8 models return low fuel economy by comparison. The 5.7- and 6.4-liter engines manage 15-16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, respectively. The Hellcat V8 offers just 13/22 mpg city/highway.

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2015 Charger Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Charger Seat?

The Dodge Charger is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are soft, and they provide ample head- and legroom for tall drivers and passengers. They’re lacking in support, though, and you’ll really feel it on long trips. The rear seats are spacious, and even taller adults can find adequate room to stretch out. Cloth upholstery is standard, while heated and ventilated leather seats are available.

The Charger’s cabin is well-insulated, and it stays quiet at highway speeds. Higher trim levels are nicely equipped with soft-touch plastics and padded surfaces. The interior materials look and feel a lot cheaper in base models, though.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Dodge Charger?

The Charger has three full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use because some of the anchors are difficult to maneuver around, located deep in the cushions, and require too much force to attach.

2015 Dodge Charger Features

The Charger comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, keyless entry, power windows, and air conditioning. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8.4-inch touch screen, a navigation system, and satellite radio. Both of these Uconnect touch screens are user-friendly, and they are accompanied by simple buttons and knobs for the core audio and climate control settings.

The 8.4-inch screen is worth the upgrade, as it offers a few high-tech goodies. The Dodge Performance Pages app (Road & Track and Scat Pack trims) allows drivers to fine-tune the Charger’s steering, engine, and transmission settings. The SRT version (SRT 392 and Hellcat trims) adds a timer for recording zero-to-60, eighth-mile, and quarter-mile sprints.

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2015 Dodge Charger Dimensions

Dodge Charger Cargo Space

The Charger has 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for a large car. The rear seats can fold in a 60/40-split to accommodate larger items.

2015 Charger Length and Weight

The Dodge Charger is 16.7 feet long. It weighs between 3,934 and 4,575 pounds, depending on the configuration.

Where Was the 2015 Dodge Charger Built?

Dodge built the 2015 Charger in Canada.

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