2017 Dodge Charger Review
When it comes to the 2017 Dodge Charger, let's just go ahead and throw our "sensible car-selection advice" guidebook into the trash can. If you're looking for a spacious, refined, comfortable, state-of-the-art and efficient large sedan, turn your attention to a Toyota Avalon or Buick LaCrosse. By virtually every sensible measure, they are better cars.
However, the Charger is best suited for drivers who really aren't that sensible. It's a car for folks who want a car that looks cool, that makes cool noises and that even comes in cool colors such asÂ Green Go, Yellow Jacket and Contusion Blue. You want power? The Charger can be fitted with a V8, an even bigger V8 or a V8 with so much power that it could probably qualify for NASCAR duty. And even if you just want a car that looks as if it has one of those monster engines, there's a perfectly agreeable (and more affordable) V6 available.
Of course, it's still wise to keep in mind those sensibility issues we alluded to earlier: The Charger isn't as refined or comfortable as more recently redesigned large sedans such as the Avalon, LaCrosse and Kia Cadenza. Checking out the sharp-handling Chevrolet SS is also a good idea — it's the only rear-wheel-drive muscle sedan that really measures up to the admittedly more flamboyant Charger. Ultimately, though, the Charger is unabashedly a different sort of car for a different sort of people. You don't need a "sensible car-selection advice" guidebook to understand that.
For 2017, the Charger's available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen has been upgraded for quicker startup and processing, higher resolution, and when equipped with navigation, pinching and swiping capability. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included with it. Other changes include a new active exhaust system on Chargers with the 5.7-liter V8 and lighter-weight forged wheels for the Hellcat. The Charger Daytona trim level also makes its return. Available with the 5.7-liter and the 392 6.4-liter V8, it includes unique styling elements and interior trim, wider tires and upgraded brakes.
The 2017 Dodge Charger is a full-size sedan offered in these trim levels: SE, SXT, R/T, Daytona, R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat. All are rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional on the SE and SXT.
Standard equipment on the SE is a V6 engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone manual climate control, a six-way power-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding backseat, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, front and rear USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface. The Popular Equipment Group adds remote ignition, rear parking sensors and a satellite radio. The Power Sunroof Group adds a sunroof and a rear spoiler.
The SXT adds 18-inch wheels, LED foglamps, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming mirror, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (plus four-way lumbar adjustment), upgraded cloth upholstery, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, an additional USB port up front, and the upgraded 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration.
The optional Rallye Group package adds more power, special styling, 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and a 10-speaker BeatsAudio sound system. You can also get the Super Track Pak package for the SXT that adds many of the handling-enhancing features available on the V8-powered upper trim levels.
The R/T is equipped similarly to the SXT but has a V8 engine, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels and transmission paddle shifters.
The SXT and R/T can be equipped with the Plus Group, which includes xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats (with four-way lumbar adjustment), driver-seat memory functions, leather upholstery, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The optional Premium Group also includes those items plus automatic wipers, a power-adjustable steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, navigation software added to the Uconnect system, and a 10-speaker BeatsAudio sound system. The navigation system and rearview camera are available together in a separate package as well.
Going with the Charger Daytona gets you the R/T's special exterior styling elements and interior trim, a further upgraded performance suspension, forged alloy wheels, leather and simulated-suede upholstery, and the Premium Group content with the exception of navigation and BeatsAudio, which are available separately.
The R/T Scat Pack adds to the R/T a bigger V8 engine, upgraded performance brakes, a further upgraded "high-performance" suspension, the rear parking sensors, rearview camera and eight-way power front seats. Leather and simulated-suede upholstery is optional, and with it you get the heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.
The Daytona 392 essentially combines the Daytona and R/T Scat Pack features, along with further upgraded brakes.
Available on all but the SE is the Driver Confidence Group, which adds an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Available on the Daytonas, R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392 is the Technology Group, which adds those Driver Confidence items plus automatic wipers, a lane departure warning and intervention system, automatic high beams, a forward collision warning and automatic braking system, and the power-adjustable steering wheel.
The SRT 392 adds to the R/T Scat Pack an adaptive suspension, forged alloy wheels, the Daytona 392's upgraded brakes, xenon headlamps, the blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, all-leather upholstery, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and the Uconnect navigation system. The Technology Group is optional.
The SRT Hellcat adds to the SRT 392 content a more powerful supercharged V8, upgraded steering and suspension tuning, and all of the above options. It reverts to the manual-adjustable steering wheel and eliminates the four-way power lumbar seating, but you can get the latter as well as the power-adjustable wheel as part of the Power Convenience Group.
A 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is optional on the SRT 392 and the Hellcat.
Although the 2017 Dodge Charger is oriented toward performance, its cabin has a much broader appeal thanks to a sleek dashboard design. There are some rather large expanses of plastic and black rubbery trim that may be off-putting, but given the Charger's asking price, interior quality is appropriate. The aesthetics are further enhanced by some retro-inspired touches here and there, including the T-handle shifter for the automatic transmission. We're also fans of the 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, as it has large "virtual" buttons, an intuitive layout and even quicker responses for 2017. Even the smaller 5-inch screen in the base SE model works well.
The Charger has a vast amount of shoulder room, and the front seats are as roomy as you'd expect in a large sedan. In fact those of small stature may actually feel as if they're being swallowed up by the gargantuan chairs. The mix of leather and simulated-suede upholstery in certain Chargers is appealing and improves support during spirited driving.
The backseat provides plenty of room, but rival front-wheel-drive sedans generally offer more headroom, and their legroom isn't compromised by a massive driveshaft tunnel. Compared to other performance-oriented cars, however, the Charger offers a sensational amount of space. The same could be said about the trunk, although at 16.5 cubic feet, it too is unremarkable for a large sedan.
An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard on every Dodge Charger. All-wheel drive is optional only on the SE and SXT.
The SE and SXT are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 292 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. The optional Rallye Group bumps output to 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg combined (19 city/30 highway) with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive lowers it to 21 mpg (18 city/27 highway).
The R/T and Daytona have a 5.7-liter V8 good for 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg (16 city/25 highway).
The R/T Scat Pack and both 392 trim levels have a 6.4-liter V8 good for 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. This engine brought the Charger from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds in Edmunds testing. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 18 mpg (15 city/25 highway), but that may be conservative, as we achieved a remarkable 25.6 mpg on the diverse 120-mile Edmunds evaluation route.
And then there's the Hellcat, which packs a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that boasts an otherworldly 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds testing, it went from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, which doesn't really speak to how much more powerful and fast it feels compared to the other models. There's only so much a pair of rear tires can do to put all that power to the ground. Fuel economy, should you possibly care, is 16 mpg (13 city/22 highway).
With all the various 2017 Charger models, engines, suspensions and even steering tuning available, it's probably no surprise that driving impressions can vary widely. Inevitably, though, the 2017 Dodge Charger proves that driving a large sedan doesn't have to be boring. The base V6-powered cars are softly tuned and aren't much fun to drive enthusiastically around turns, but the performance-oriented models demonstrate precise steering and very good body control, which helps driver confidence. The latter improves incrementally with each higher level of the available sport-tuned suspensions, although the ride also becomes firmer with each as well.
For power, the 3.6-liter V6 (Charger SE or SXT) is adequate, but it can feel outmatched at times by the sedan's weight. We've also noticed that this engine sounds a bit coarse when you're accelerating hard at higher rpm. Stepping up to the 2017 Charger R/T's 5.7-liter V8 solves both problems. This is classic American muscle-car power at its best, and the engine works brilliantly with the eight-speed automatic transmission to provide effortless performance at any speed.
Standard safety features for the Charger include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front seat side-impact airbags, a driver knee airbag and side curtain airbags. Standard on some Charger models and optional for others are rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. Optional advanced safety features include a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, a lane departure warning and intervention system, and a forward collision warning and mitigation system with automatic braking that's bundled with adaptive cruise control. Dodge Chargers with Uconnect Access offer remote vehicle access (via a smartphone app), emergency assistance and text notifications if the alarm goes off.
In Edmunds brake testing, a Charger R/T Scat Pack came to a stop from 60 mph in 111 feet, which is typical for a performance car with summer tires but nevertheless impressive given the Charger's formidable curb weight. The SRT Hellcat stopped from 60 mph in a remarkable 103 feet.
The government gave the Charger its best possible five-star overall crash test rating, which included four stars for front-impact safety and five stars for side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Charger its highest rating of Good in the moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact and roof strength crash tests. However, it received a rating of Marginal (second worst of four) in the small-overlap front-impact crash test. Its forward collision warning and automatic braking system was awarded a Superior rating.
Unmatched variety of engines, trim levels and equipment yields plenty of customization opportunities; available V8 engines provide abundant power for your money; 8.4-inch touchscreen is one of the easiest tech interfaces to use.
V8 engines will make you a regular at the gas station; interior is less spacious and refined than other large sedans; sloping roofline impedes visibility and rear seat entry; the ride may become too firm with one of the several available sport-tuned suspensions.
Looking for a spacious, refined, comfortable, state-of-the-art and efficient large sedan? Well, the 2017 Dodge Charger probably isn't for you. But if you yearn for a quintessential American performance sedan with massive power, brash styling and abundant personalization potential, the 2017 Dodge Charger is without question your type of car.
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Audio Features - Uconnect 5.0 (RA2)
• Total Number Of Speakers: 6
• Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place (cubic feet): 16.5
• Bluetooth: Bluetooth
• Number Of Doors: 4
• Daytime Running Lights
Front Passenger Seat
• Number Of Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
• Power Steering: Electric Power Steering
1st Row Seats
• 1st Row Seat Type: Bucket
• 1st Row Head Room: 38.6
• Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside
• Power Outlet(s): 12V
• Minimum Ground Clearance: 4.9
• Heated Windshield Washer Jets
• Audio Controls On Steering Wheel: Audio Controls
• Center Console: Front Console With Storage
• 1st Row Seating Capacity: 2
• Air Filtration: Interior Air Filtration
• Final Drive Ratio: 2.62
• 2nd Row Center Seatbelt: 3-point Belt
• Front Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Curb Weight (lbs): 3958
• Antilock Braking System: 4-wheel ABS
• Driven Wheels: Rear Wheel Drive
Misc. Interior Features
• Cruise Control
Collision Safety System
• Post Collision Safety System: Post-collision Safety System
• Height Adjustable Driver Seat: Height Adjustable
• Engine Immobilizer
• Head Airbags: Front And Rear
2nd Row Seats
• 2nd Row Center Armrest: Folding
• 1st Row Vanity Mirrors: Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
Tires - P215/65R17 All Season (TVW)
• Rear Tire Width: 215
Wheels - 17" X 7.0" Painted Cast Aluminum Wheels (WF5)
• Rim Type: Painted Alloy
|Engine Block HeaterIncluded in Alaska||All||$95 / $85|
|Power Sunroof GroupPower sunroof; Universal garage door opener||All SE||$1,295 / $1,153|
|Sport Leather Seat W/Metallic AccentsPower driver and passenger 4-way lumbar adjust; Rear seat armrest with storage cupholders; Ventilated front seats||All SE/All SXT/R/T||$0 / $0|
|Comfort Seating Group (Fleet)Heated front seats; Power 4-way driver lumbar adjust; Power 8-way driver seat; Sport cloth seats; Rear armrest with cupholders||All SE||$495 / $441|
|Leather Interior Group (Fleet)Auto adjust in reverse exterior mirrors; Auto dimming exterior driver mirrors; Exterior mirrors with heating element; Heated front seats; Heated second row seats; Heated steering wheel; Illuminated rear cup holders; Power front driver and passenger seats; Power driver and passenger 4-way lumbar adjust; Power heated exterior mirrors with manual fold away; Radio, driver seat and exterior mirrors with memory; Remote start system; Rear seat armrest with storage cupholder; Sport leather seats with metallic accents; Ventilated front seats||All SE||$1,345 / $1,197|
|Quick Order Package 29GVehicle with standard equipment||SE RWD||$0 / $0|
|Security Alarm (Fleet)||All SE/SXT AWD||$150 / $134|
|Sport Appearance Group (Fleet)18" x 7.5" cast aluminum wheels with 235/55R18 all-season performance tires; Rear body color spoiler||SE RWD||$1,095 / $975|
|Sport Cloth SeatPower 4-way driver lumbar adjust; Rear armrest with cupholder seat||All SE||$0 / $0|
|Travel And Safety Group (Fleet)1-year SiriusXM radio service; Auto dimming exterior driver mirror; Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection; Exterior mirrors courtesy lamps; Front and rear LED map pockets; Heated front seats; ParkSense rear park assist system; Power 4-way driver lumber adjust; Power 8-way driver seat; Power heated mirrors with manual fold away; Remote start system; Sport cloth seats; Rear seat armrest with cupholders||All SE||$845 / $752|
|Blacktop Package20" x 8.0" gloss black painted aluminum wheels with 245/45R20 black side wall all-season Firestone brand performance tires; 1-piece black performance spoiler; Compact spare tire; Dodge grill badge; Gloss black fascia applique; Gloss black instrument panel cluster trim rings; Gloss black grille-gloss black crosshairs; RHOMBI 2-piece wheel center caps; Satin black decklid Charger badge; Sport suspension||SE RWD||$1,295 / $1,153|
|Hawaii Additional Destination ChargeAdditional destination charge required in Hawaii||All||$50 / $50|
|Popular Equipment GroupSiriusXM satellite radio with 1-year of included service; ParkSense rear park assist system; Remote start system||All SE||$695 / $619|
|Flex Fuel Vehicle (Fleet)||All except R/T, Daytona, R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392 and SRT 392||$0 / $0|
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Dodge Charger Recalls Issued - 2017
|Recall Number: 17V496000|
|Component Description: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE|
|Manufacturered From: to|
|Owner Notification Date:|
|Number of Vehicle Affected: 1,207|
|Consequence: If an EOC line fails, oil may spray onto the windshield or contact a hot surface, impairing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash or fire.|
|Corrective Action: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the EOC lines, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 22, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T48.|
|Description: Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2017 Dodge Challenger and Charger vehicles equipped with Hellcat engines. The engine oil cooler (EOC) hoses may fail resulting in a rapid loss of engine oil.|
|Recall Number: 17V097000|
|Component Description: POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY:AXLE SHAFT|
|Manufacturered From: to|
|Owner Notification Date:|
|Number of Vehicle Affected: 69,298|
|Consequence: A loss of motive power can increase the risk of a crash.|
|Corrective Action: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace all eight front driveshaft bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 31, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T03.|
|Description: Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2014-2017 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD). The front driveshaft bolts may loosen and allow the front driveshaft to disconnect, potentially causing a loss of motive power.|