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Dave's Garage: 2020 Dodge Charger

Eric Peters on

Most American cars used to be like the Dodge Charger still is.

They were big, and they had rear-wheel drive, and they offered big V-8 engines.

Now almost no cars are like that -- which probably explains why the Charger is still so popular with American car buyers.

What It Is

The Dodge Charger is one of the few large rear-wheel-drive sedans you can still buy new and the only large, rear-wheel-drive sedan you can buy for under $30K to start.

The base price is $29,995 for the SXT trim with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. You can opt for all-wheel drive (another rarity in the segment) for $33,595.


The 5.7-liter V-8-equipped R/T stickers for $36,495 to start.

The $40,495 Scat Pack Charger comes with an even bigger (6.4-liter) V-8. It's also rear-wheel drive only.

And if you like the idea of bigger fenders -- and tires to go under them -- there's the Wide Body Scat Pack ($46,495).

If you want bigger horsepower, Dodge has you covered there, too. The Charger Hellcat comes with a slightly smaller 6.2-liter V-8 engine, but with a supercharger to inflate its horsepower to 707.


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