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Eric's Autos: 2019 Dodge Charger

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Just because it's new doesn't mean it's not old. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. In fact, it can be very good.

What It Is

The Dodge Charger is the only remaining full-size American sedan that comes standard with rear-wheel drive, offers a burly V-8 engine and costs less than $30,000 to start.

A few luxury-brand (and luxury-priced) sedans are still RWD and offer V-8s, but none for less than $30k to start.

The Charger hasn't been updated significantly since 2011. That's good if you're not looking for some of the things that come standard in almost all new cars including small turbocharged engines and fuel-saving but complexity-adding features, such as automatic engine stop/start, which shuts the engine off whenever the car isn't moving. This may save a little gas, but it also reduces the life of the car battery, which probably defeats any overall money savings. Many people also don't like it because of the "paint shaker" effect.

Prices start at $29,220 for the base SXT trim, which comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 (and RWD). All-wheel drive is optional.


The R/T trim that comes standard with the iconic 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine costs $35,995 to start.

An even stronger (and larger) 6.4-liter Hemi is available, too. This is the Scat Pack version of the Charger. It costs $39,995.

The ultimate Hemi is the slightly smaller (6.2-liter) supercharged Hemi that comes standard in the Charger Hellcat. Almost nothing on four wheels can touch the performance delivered by its 707 horsepower -- certainly not for the very reasonable $65,545 Dodge wants for it all. It goes from zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds -- 11 seconds to run the quarter-mile.

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