2017 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger has jumped around a bit since it first hit the streets. Can you imagine a Charger with two doors like a coupe? It’s an odd thought, being that it’s had four doors for so long, but that’s why it’s classified as a sedan - not a muscle car. However, it’s treated just like a Dodge Challenger, and with that in mind, the 2017 Dodge Charger is the perfect balance between power and comfort.
Supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT Hellcat V8
3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with VVT
There are four engine options on the 2017 Dodge Charger, each specific to a certain trim or category of trims. For instance, the base engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with Variable Valve Time technology (VVT). Fine-tuned with VVT, it’s power and fuel efficiency has been optimized for superb performance. It has an output of 292-horsepower, and gets 30 mpg on the highway. It is the standard for the Charger SE and SXT trims.
5.7-liter V8 HEMI with MDS
Go up a level, and drivers get the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI MDS engine with VVT. With a little more tinkering, an engine that uses a “multi-displacement system” (MDS) has the ability to conserve fuel and boost its fuel economy while generating more power by shutting off half of its cylinders (V6 and V8 only). It can achieve an output of 370-horsepower, and averages about 25 mpg on the highway. This engine is available on the Charger R/T and the new Charger Daytona.
6.4-liter 392 HEMI V8 with MDS
An engine almost as well-known as the Hellcat is the 6.4-liter “392” HEMI V8 engine with MDS, generating 485-horsepower and getting up to 25 mpg on the highway. 392 cubic-inch engines were popular in the 60’s and 70’s, and the engine has found a home in the Charger lineup. This year the “392’ engine is available on the Charger R/T Scat Pack, Charger Daytona 392, and Charger 392.
6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8
Lastly, is the legendary supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine, boasting an output of 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. This engine is the fastest factory produced engine ever built, and it helps the Charger accelerate from 0-60 mph in under four seconds. It is, of course, exclusive to the SRT Hellcat trim.
Trims and Handling
For the 2017 model year, there are a total of eight Charger trims, two of which are new - the 2017 Charger Daytona and Charger Daytona 392. The new Daytona trims are a throwback to Dodge’s NASCAR days, and the new models have added more flair and heritage styling to the lineup. Additionally, the Charger SE or SXT are available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
All of the engines in a 2017 Dodge Charger are paired to an AutoStick automatic transmission. The AutoStick caters to all types of drivers, those looking for the control a manual transmission allows for, but the convenience of an automatic transmission. The AutoStick allows drivers who wish to drive their Charger like a manual car can manually switch gears (no clutch required), however, the transmission will automatically shift gears when the driver just wants to coast without shifting gears.
Dodge is known for its heritage styling, and with that comes badges and other add-ons. For example, the new Daytona trims have the word “DAYTONA” printed on the side (option to delete), and for that race car flair, racing stripes may be added to select trims. Aside from styling, many great features can be found standard throughout the lineup. For instance, automatic headlamps, an acoustic windshield and acoustic front door windows, black headlamp bezels, dual rear exhaust tips, solar control glass, and remote keyless entry are all lineup standards.
Some of the more luxurious or high-end features are found on select trims. These consist of blind spot power heated mirrors, GPS antenna input, and exterior mirrors that adjust automatically when backing up. With the Daytona trims making a comeback, the body paint choices goes up to thirteen, with some of Dodge’s High-Impact Paints returning to the pallet. In addition, buyers can give their Charger some extra style with a choice of 17-, 18-, 19-, or 20-inch wheels, with various designs for each (specific options available for specific trims).
Being a sedan, the four-door body makes it easy for passengers to pile into the car, that seats five people comfortably. Depending on the trim, seats may be covered in cloth, Alcantara Suede, or Nappa Leather, and may be heated and/or ventilated. The steering wheel and shift knob follow suit, wrapped in leather and heated (steering wheel-only) on select trims.
Many other convenient features pop up throughout the lineup, such as automatic a/c dual zone temperature control (driver and passenger). If Bluetooth is installed, a microphone is integrated into an auto-dimming mirror for voice command capabilities. If looking for a little more flair, or just some open air, the option to install a power sunroof is available on all trims but the Charger SE.
The sound system in the 2017 Dodge Charger varies between trims. The standard is a six-speaker sound system, and some trims have six “premium” speakers. However, drivers may opt-in for the Beats Audio Group package that includes ten Beats Audio speakers with a subwoofer. A variation of the popular Uconnect system can be found on all trims, with a touchscreen respective to one of the four variations - 5.0, 8.4, 8.4 NAV, and Uconnect Access.
Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capability can be found on all trims except the Charger SE. Throughout the lineup, drivers may find convenient features such as Dodge Performance Pages on specific trims to monitor vehicle performance. Another helpful feature is the audio controls mounted onto the steering wheel (all trims).
Safety Features and Warranty
For the 2017 model-year, the Charger comes with many basic and advanced safety features to keep passengers protected. The basics include an advanced (SRT) multistage front airbag system, side-curtain front/side/rear airbags, traction and stability control systems, and a sentry key theft deterrent system. The advanced features found on select trims consist of blind spot and cross path detection, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, a ParkSense rear park assist system, and a ParkView rear back-up camera.
All Dodge vehicles are covered by the following warranties – a three-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.
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