The 2017 Dodge Charger receives the newest generation of FCA’s UConnect multimedia interface, which now has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. All Chargers equipped with the optional 5.7-liter V-8 engine now comes standard with an active exhaust system. Dodge has also brought back the Charger Daytona and it’s available with either the 5.7-liter or the 6.4-liter V-6 in the 392 trim. All Daytona models come with exterior design cues taken from the Charger Hellcat, Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, and sport seats.
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SRT models now come standard with lighter 20-inch alloy wheels, distinctive badging to distinguish the standard Charger SRT from the Hellcat, and a steering wheel with LED illumination in white (SRT 392) or red (Hellcat). Blind spot warning and rear cross-path alert has been made standard on the Charger SRT 392. Four new exterior colors, including Green Go, Yellow Jacket, Destroyer Grey, and Octane Red, have been added. A new 19-inch alloy wheel finished in gloss black has been added to the Rallye group for all-wheel-drive-equipped Charger SXT variants.
The Dodge Charger is a full-size rear- or all-wheel-drive sedan that slots above the compact Dart. Multiple performance variants are offered including the 707-hp Charger SRT Hellcat.
Four engines are offered in the 2017 Dodge Charger and they’re all paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Model: Charger SE, Charger SXT
Engine and Transmission: 3.6-liter V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 292-300 hp/260-264 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy (2016 model year): 19/31 mpg city/highway (rear-wheel drive); 18/27 mpg (all-wheel drive)
Model: Charger R/T, Charger Daytona
Engine and Transmission: 5.7-liter V-8 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 370 hp/ 395 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy (2016 model year): 16/25 mpg
Model: Charger R/T Scat Pack, Charger Daytona 392, Charger SRT 392
Engine and Transmission: 6.4-liter V-8 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 485 hp/ 475 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy (2016 model year): 15/25 mpg
Model: Charger SRT Hellcat
Engine and Transmission: supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 – eight-speed automatic
Power : 707 hp/650 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy (2016 model year): 13/22 mpg
Available features include FCA’s latest UConnect infotainment system, a rearview camera, HID headlights with LED accents, a Harman/Kardon audio system, keyless entry/start, and remote start. On the SXT grade, the Super Track Pak adds 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season performance tires, a 3.07 rear axle ratio, a three-model electronic stability control system, performance brakes, Dodge’s Performance Pages, and a performance-tuned suspension that lowers the sedan by half an inch. There’s 16.5 cubic-feet of trunk space in the Charger and it can be expanded via the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats.
What We Think
In a 2016 First Test, we said that the V-6-powered Charger is more sedate and family-friendly. Acceleration is good but the car’s weight of over 4,100 pounds means the engine feels strained at times. The car’s handling, on the other hand, is crisp and secure thanks to its strong brakes, excellent grip, and sharp steering. Additionally, the cabin is also well insulated but there are some low-quality plastics inside, detracting from the interior’s overall quality. FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system, on the other hand, is easy to use.
The 707-hp Charger SRT Hellcat offers blistering acceleration and plenty of tire-shredding capability. In a 2015 First Test, we said that despite its performance credentials, the Charger SRT Hellcat can easily pass as a run-of-the-mill variant, allowing it to stay incognito. The car’s tires, however, hindered the car’s straight line performance because it prevents the car from putting down its power efficiently through the rear wheels.
NHTSA gave the 2017 Dodge Charger a five-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars). The IIHS has yet to test a 2017 Charger, but the 2016 Charger received a Good score in all crash tests except the front small overlap impact where it received a Marginal rating (Good is the highest possible score). The car received a Superior rating in the IIHS’ front crash prevention test where it avoided a 12-mph collision and reduced the severity of a 25-mph impact by 12 mph.
Available on all trims except the base SE and the SRT Hellcat, the Technology group adds active safety features such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist.
According to Dodge, the Charger SRT Hellcat has a top speed of 204 mph.