2018 Dodge Charger
Dodge is known for breaking records and bringing performance to their vehicles every year. 2018 is no different for the Dodge Charger, living up to its muscle car heritage for another year. Consumers will notice some changes to this vehicle lineup for 2018, and a little change is never a bad thing. In fact, with a muscle sedan like the Charger, the changes 2018 will bring can only make it better.
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The 2018 mode lineup for the Dodge Charger is bringing some changes with it, and not just its features. Back from the 2017 lineup, the Charger Daytona and Daytona 392 will return for 2018, as well as the two all-wheel drive trims. In 2018, Dodge Charger rear-wheel drivetrain has the following lineup - SXT, SXT Plus, SXT Plus Leather, R/T, Daytona, R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, SRT 392, and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The all-wheel drivetrain (AWD) comes with the Dodge Charger GT and GT Plus.
Under the hood of the Charger SXT, Charger SXT Plus, SXT Plus Leather, and the two AWD trims is the famous Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine with variable valve timing (VVT) technology, a system that helps improves performance and fuel economy. With that in mind, this engine can generate a solid 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. Next up is the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine, found on the Charger R/T and Daytona trims, designed with VVT and a multi-displacement system (MDS). Designed to improve fuel economy, MDS is a great engine technology that shuts off four of the eight cylinders when the vehicle is cruising at a steady speed. The 5.7L engine delivers a total of 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque.
The third engine in the lineup powers the 2018 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, and SRT 392. It’s the 392 V8 SRT HEMI engine, with MDS, and generates 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. Last but always first is the Charger SRT Hellcat, powered by the 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 SRT engine. The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat produces 707 horsepower, 650 lb-ft of torque, and is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.
Transmission and Fuel Economy
Surprisingly, all 2018 Dodge Charger models come with an automatic transmission, most likely because it’s a sedan versus a pony car. The transmission on all trims is a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, also known as AutoStick. This type of transmission comes with a driver-interactive transaxle shifter that provides clutchless manual shifting if desired.
It goes without saying that many of the above engines have some type of design to improve its fuel economy even with all the power generated. Those powered by the V6 engine get 19 mpg in the city and 30mpg on the highway. Thanks to MDS, the 5.7-liter V8 and 392 V8 SRT don’t take too hard of a hit with a fuel economy of 16/25 mpg city/highway (15 mpg in the city for the 392). That leaves the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with a fuel economy of 22 mpg on the highway.
Aside from the signature style of the 2018 Dodge Charger, consumers can make certain changes and add on to the look of select trims. These include getting a black painted roof, dual carbon racing stripes, a performance hood with heat extractors, and certain trims like the Charger Daytona will get its respective “Daytona” front grille badge. Common with Dodge vehicles, automatic headlamps and LED daytime running lamps are a lineup standard.
Other lineup standards consist of an acoustic windshield and acoustic front door glass to dull outside sound, solar control glass to keep the cabin from heating up, and remote proximity keyless entry that allows the driver to simply open the driver or front passenger door by simply touching the handle with the key fob on their person. Heated exterior mirrors, some with a blind-spot indicator, can be found on select trims. All trims ride on either 18-, 19-, or 20-inch wheels made of various materials and different designs.
The 2018 Dodge Charger can seat up to five people comfortably, and the upholstery ranges from basic cloth to Nappa leather. A rear 60/40 folding seat and front and rear solar control glass are standard across the lineup. Comfort features like heated front and second row seats, ventilated front seats, and automatic temperature control can be found on many trims in the lineup as a standard or upgrade option.
For comfort and style, select trims come with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and/or heated steering wheel. If a fan of the open air, installing a power sunroof is an available option on various trims. Behind the second-row seat there is 16.5 cubic-feet of cargo space.
The 2018 year for FCA vehicles is getting a huge upgrade with the next-gen Uconnect 4 system, standard on all trims. The base trim, the Charger SXT, has Uconnect 4 on a 7-inch touchscreen whereas the rest of the lineup gets Uconnect 4C on an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with navigation as an option for many trims. This means Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities are also a lineup standard, along with integrated Bluetooth voice command.
A six-speaker system is the standard for only the base trim, whereas the rest of the lineup is treated to a six premium speaker sound system. Some trims have the option of opting in for the Beats Audio Group or upgrading to a 19-speaker sound system with a subwoofer. Dodge Performance Pages for recording acceleration, track times, and more are standard on the 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona, R/T Scat Pack, and Daytona 392. SRT Performance Pages are found on the two SRT trims, the 2018 Dodge Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat.
The 2018 Dodge Charger has many basic and several advanced safety features. Standard safety features consist of advanced multistage front airbags with supplemental front seat-mounted and side-curtain front and rear airbags, stability and traction control systems, a ParkSense rear park assist system, a ParkView rear backup camera, child seat tether anchors, a Sentry Key theft deterrent system, and keyless enter ‘n go technology. Advanced features found available on select trims include blind spot and cross path detection, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and full speed forward collision warning plus.
All 2018 Dodge Charger models are covered by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-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.