If you like body hair (this includes you, ladies), the redesigned 2015 Dodge Charger may be right up your alley, or more aptly, right up your driveway. No, the car isn’t hairy — anywhere — though higher trims do wear lots of leather and metal cuffs in places you can’t see from the outside. But what an outside: with its stern, square-jawed new mug and big, strapping full-size sedan body, this is the kind of car only a carmaker as god-damn-‘Murican as Dodge could build.
It’s also the consummate host, however, with a high level of refinement in its spacious interior and lots of available technology accessible via its ginormous, easy-to-use 8.4-inch touch screen interface. Genuine metal on the dashboard and padded surfaces everywhere give it an air of authenticity, too. And all color schemes are, like the exterior, eminently butch.
It is one of the only cars in its price range to offer rear-wheel-drive (all-wheel drive is an option) which makes it more stable than a lesbian marriage, yet the steering is as chatty as the hosts of “The View,” which is a good thing when you want to know what’s happening on the road beneath you. Under the long, phallic hood (which partially explains why I like this car so much) are a choice of engines; most will opt for the efficient, 300-hp V-6, but there are also three V-8s available, the brawniest of which—the 707-hp “Hellcat” V-8—makes it the most powerful sedan in the world. Eat that, Germany!
Anyway, having driven them all, I can tell you that the $29K V-6 model is fine (you’re gonna want to add some options to be comfortable) but the V-8s are better, with the sweetest spot perhaps being the $48,380 Charger SRT 392 model with 485 hp that looks like the $63,290 Hellcat and is nearly as fast, but leaves some $15K in the glove box. In any case, cars don’t get any more macho and American than the Charger, and I love it.
2015 Dodge Charger
Base Price Range: $28,990 — $63,290
Power: 3.0-liter V-6 (290 hp, 252 lb-ft of torque); 5.7-liter V-8 (370 hp, 395 lb-ft); 6.4-liter V-8 (485 hp, 475 lb-ft); 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 (707 hp, 650 lb-ft)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy, city/hwy mpg (EPA est): 19/31 (V-6); 16/25 (5.7); 18/24; 15/25 (6.4); 13/22 (Hellcat)
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