2021 Dodge Charger

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MSRP $29,895 - $34,995
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2021 Dodge Charger Price, Review and Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020

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When you are rare, different and one of a kind, you need to consistently polish your “rare” USPs to secure your distinction from the fleet. The Dodge Charger is one fine example of such rare existence. As the last four-door muscle car on sale today, it offers a composition that no other car does. An iconic American design, old-school charm, and multiple ferocious powertrains have been the consistent USP of the Dodge Charger. Over the years, the Charger did receive some significant updates, but mostly on the performance front. Its overall physical character has remained mostly the same for years now.

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Pros

Diverse and powerful engine options

Intuitive infotainment system

Plenty of customizations available

Roomy interior

Generous cargo area

Cons

Dated interior layout

Fit and finish not as good as rivals

Average quality interior appointments

What's New?

No significant changes for 2021


Pictures

exterior
interior

Colors and Styles

2021 Dodge Charger in B5 Blue Pearl Coat color 2021 Dodge Charger in Plum Crazy Pearl Coat color 2021 Dodge Charger in Torred Clearcoat color
B5 Blue Pearl Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Interior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Dodge Charger SXT

SXT

power
300 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$29,895 - $33,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $29,895 MSRP (16/19/25) 292 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic (8HP50) rear wheel drive 5
SXT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,595 MSRP (16/19/25) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic (850RE) all wheel drive 5

2021 Dodge Charger GT

GT

power
300 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$31,895 - $34,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $31,895 MSRP (16/19/25) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic (8HP50) rear wheel drive 5
GT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,995 MSRP (16/19/25) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Dodge Charger Pursuit

Pursuit

power
370 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$32,745 - $34,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Pursuit 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $32,745 MSRP (16/19/25) 370 hp @ 5250 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
Pursuit 4dr Sedan AWD (5.8L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $34,000 MSRP (16/19/25) 370 hp @ 5250 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
5-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5
Pursuit 4dr Sedan (5.8L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $34,000 MSRP (16/19/25) 370 hp @ 5250 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
5-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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Despite going the flashy way, the Charger chose for intensive power capsule updates. As a result, even with old-school skin, the Charger does have RT, Scat Pack and SRT versions which are very high on power and aggression. Even the most recent wide-body moniker in 2020 is focused on performance enhancement.

Apart from the widebody auditions, the 2020 Dodge Charger also has a Daytona 50th anniversary edition alongside minor feature updates. However, with the recent updates on the 2020 model, the 2021 Dodge Charger is mostly expected to be a carry forward model. No official clip from Dodge but based on the brand’s update history and ringing rumors, it's not hard to frame the 2021 Charger. That's exactly what we take a look into here.


9.0/10
Features

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Engine and Performance

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Interior

9.0/10
Safety

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Competition


2021 Dodge Charger Features

9.0/10

With no possible change on the cards, the 2021 Dodge Charger shall continue with its two familiar basic trims. Apart from the higher sport-oriented trims, you would still be able to pick a 2021 Dodge Charger either as an SXT or GT model. The configuration of a sole powertrain, standard FWD and a bit more comfort and feature in the GT shall also remain the same.

Trim

SXT

GT

MSRP (RWD)

$29,895

$31,895

MSRP (AWD)

$33,595

$34,995

Key Features

4-wheel ABS

Adds these features from the SXT trim :

 

Keyless entry and ignition

LED fog lights

 

Rearview camera

20-inch alloy wheels

 

Rear parking sensors

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Power adjustable driver seats

8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system

 

Uconnect 4 infotainment system

HD Radio

 

17.0-inch alloy wheels

4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

 

7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Enhanced suspension

 

Bluetooth connectivity

Heated mirrors

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

*2020 data used for reference

Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan

Though there is no official release date given by Dodge for the 2021 Dodge Charger, we still expect it to launch somewhere in the fall of 2020. This is most likely to stay true as the previous generation models were also released at the same time of the year. And as there are no massive changes to the exterior, interior, or with the engines, we expect the price to be very similar to that of the last generation Charge. This means that the 2021 Dodge Charger is expected to start from a price of around $30,000 and will increase with the higher GT trim or with the number of optional features added to the car.

2021 Dodge Charger Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan shall continue to flaunt its familiar 3.6-liter V6 gas engine making 292 hp and has 260 lb-ft of torque on offer. This is the same unit that also powers some of the other products in the FCA family including the Charger’s corporate sibling, the Chrysler 300.

Not as punchy as the Nissan Maxima, but the Charger’s standard V6 feels adequately powered to carry it all day long. The smooth and slick-shifting 8-speed auto further binds the engine for an engaging driving experience. 

Models

2021 Dodge Charger (Expected)

2020 Nissan Maxima 

2020 Toyota Avalon 

2020 Chrysler 300

MSRP

$30,000

$34,250

$35,875

$30,040

Engine

3.6 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

301 hp @ 6600 rpm

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

Torque

260 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

261 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

267 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

260 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

Among its rivals though, all the cars happen to carry almost similar powered engines. However, in terms of numbers, the Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon just have an edge over the Charger with their 300 hp engines. While the Avalon and Chrysler 300 lack the engagement of the Charger, the Maxima offers a better overall driving experience. Thanks to its refined and powerful powertrain that comes with a smooth and lightning-fast CVT.

How quick is the 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan?

If speed and outright performance are your priorities, you should be better off, looking at the performance versions of the same. With the standard V6 pot though, the Charger does just about a fine job when it comes to swiftness.

Caption

A 2020 Dodge Charger with its aptly potent 3.6-liter V6 engine does the 0 - 60 mph sprint in just 6.4 seconds. With no probable mechanical tuning on the cards, its performance figures should remain mostly the same even in 2021.

Models

2021 Dodge Charger (Expected)

2020 Nissan Maxima 

2020 Toyota Avalon 

2020 Chrysler 300

0-60 MPH

6.4

5.7

6.0

6.3

Quarter mile

14.8

14.3

14.6

15.1

Top Speed

155 mph

130 mph

130 mph

153 mph

Engine

3.6 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

Among its segment though, the Charger is surely not the quickest machine. While the Chrysler 300 posts an identical 0-60 time to the Charger, the Nissan Maxima takes the segment lead here. With a refined and responsive powertrain and lightweight body, the Nissan Maxima does the 0-60 mph task in a class-leading 5.7-seconds. The Toyota Avalon is not far behind either with its 6.0 seconds.

How well does the 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan brake?

Dodge has also equipped the Charger with good brakes as it is an important part of a car that tries to be “sporty”. Part of the Dodge Charger’s braking apparatus consists of ventilated discs, ABS and automated emergency braking. All these efforts seamlessly combine together to help the Charger stop from 60-0 mph in just 107 feet. The numbers should be very identical in 2021 which is about to gain no added mass or any change. 

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Models

2021 Dodge Charger (Expected)

2020 Nissan Maxima 

2020 Toyota Avalon 

2020 Chrysler 300

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.6

12.0

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

12.1

11.1

12.6

60-0 MPH (ft)

107

120

115

109

Curb Weight (lbs)

3964

3559

3560

4013

 

For a car with such heavy composure, the Charger turns out to be blessed with excellent brakes. Interestingly, its 107-feet braking distance is also better than that of its competitors. Among its rivals, the only one to closely follow the Charger is its corporate twin, the Chrysler 300, which gets the same braking functionaries. 

How well does the 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan Handle?

The Dodge Charger is a surprise when it comes to driving dynamics as it was not the same for these long years. This is very much understandable as the car weighs more than 4000 pounds and has a somewhat non-communicative steering. While the Charger drives and behaves like a normal sedan in average conditions, it turns into a mixed bag of experiences when asked for being sporty.

The steering is well-weighted and provides confidence when turning around in the corners but due to the lifeless steering feedback, it is not as much fun to drive as some of its rivals. Body roll is well contained though, thanks to the low center of gravity and stiffer suspension setup. But this definitely affects its ride quality. The stiffer suspension does make it feel a bit wobbly with even interactions with smaller bumps being aptly reciprocated inside the cabin. However, owing to its overall size and weight, its handling and driveability do seem more than acceptable at the end of the day. 

2021 Dodge Charger Fuel Economy

Well, Dodge’s products are not really known to be fuel-sippers and the Charger is no exception. Old school aerodynamics, hefty weight and a naturally aspirated engine do make it consume a significant amount of fuel. No surprise, the 2020 Dodge Charger SXT offers a 23 mpg combined fuel economy. Expect the economy figures in the 2021 Dodge Charger to be the same as well.

Models

2021 Dodge Charger (Expected)

2020 Nissan Maxima 

2020 Toyota Avalon 

2020 Chrysler 300

MPG (city)

19

20

22

19

MPG (highway)

30

30

32

30

MPG (combined)

23

24

26

23

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.5

18.0

14.5

18.5

Range (city, highway, in miles)

351.5/555.0 

360.0/540.0

319.0/464.01

351.5/555.0

No surprise that the Japs competing in the segment are more promising in terms of efficiency than the American duo. Not to forget, with the exact same componentry as the Charger, the Chrysler 300 offers exactly the same mpg figure as the Charger. Among the rivals, the Avalon gives the best fuel economy than any other car in this segment. This is surprising given the fact that the Avalon is also the best performer in the segment. Thanks to its refined and balanced powertrain though. Added by a lightweight and aerodynamic body, the Toyota Avalon offers class-leading 26 mpg combined economy.

2021 Dodge Charger Interior

7.0/10

Nothing too fancy and the Dodge Charger has been long-offering its basic yet simplistic cabin. Something, which is now a typical trait associated with its old-school muscle car character. However, compared to its more trendy rivals, its interior layout does feel dated. Even the interior appointments and build-quality are not as plush and solid as the Nissan Maxima or Toyota Avalon. However, where the Charger impresses is with its cabin space and neatly laid-out controls. The seating height is a bit low, but the large windshield and windows offer good outward visibility outside. 

While the standard cloth upholstery in the SXT trim is fairly liveable with, the available Nappa leather upholstery does add some serenity inside. The seats themselves are wide and thick with nice bolstering for added comfort around fast corners. However, don't expect a Toyota Avalon or Nissan Maxima’s space seats like comfort here.

Sadly though, the standard equipment consists only of an 8-way power driver seat and manual adjustments for the front passenger. As far as creature comforts are considered, it gets climate control, interior air-filtration, leather and simulated alloy steering wheel as well as dual-zone air-conditioning.

Models

2021 Dodge Charger (Expected)

2020 Nissan Maxima 

2020 Toyota Avalon 

2020 Chrysler 300

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.6/59.5/41.8

39.4/56.7/45.0

37.4/58.3/42.1

38.6/59.5/41.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.6/57.9/40.1

36.7/55.7/34.2

37.5/57.1/40.3

37.9/57.7/40.1

Where the Charger truly impresses is its plentiful room around both the row of seats. Not the most spacious in its class again, but it offers ample room for occupants to stretch themselves, especially at the front. Even at the rear seats, the legroom is generous but because of the dramatic roofline, rear headroom takes a hit.

Overall, it's not disappointing. In the purview of its age-old tradition and furiously sporty intent, the inside of the Charger resonates well with its overall character. However, a bit of more fine-tuning with some nicer materials inside the cabin and mild revision to the layout would certainly spark it up all fresh again. However, since there are no signs of interior updates anytime soon, the 2021 Dodge Charger would still greet you with its very familiar ambience.

Interior Features

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone manual climate control
  • Remote engine start and stop
  • Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Illuminated driver and passenger side mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Steering mounted controls

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan?

Dodge has equipped the current line-up of Chargers with the Uconnect 4 infotainment system. The system is simpler, intuitive, and easy to use than the ones found in its rivals. in the segment than what is found in its rivals cars like the Toyota Avalon and Kia Stinger. The base SXT trim of the 2020 Dodge Charger gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system whereas the range-topping trim gets a bigger better 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The sharp and crisp infotainment comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Satellite Radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Sadly though, the WiFi hotspot is still missing. Expect the very same infotainment setup in the 2021 Dodge Charger as well. Some of the highlights of the 2020 Dodge Charger’s infotainment are listed below.

Infotainment features

  • Uconnect 4 infotainment system
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Optional navigation system
  • Voice commands and Hands-free calling
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity

How much cargo can the 2021 Dodge Charger Sedan carry?

With its massive proportions and somewhat orthodox shape, the Charger benefits a very generous boot space. With 16.5-cu-fts of space at the rear, the Charger has the largest cargo area in its class. Furthermore, the split-folding rear setback allows it to open even more storage space when needed. With no reshuffle in design, the 2021 Dodge Charger should also offer a similar cargo space. 

Models

2021 Dodge Charger (Expected)

2020 Nissan Maxima 

2020 Toyota Avalon 

2020 Chrysler 300

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

16.5

14.3

16.1

16.3

What really helps the Charger with generous cargo space is its long and wide body. The example can also be seen in the Chrysler 300 which has almost similar dimensions as well as cargo space to that of the Charger. While the Toyota Avalon does catch up close with its 16.1 cu-fts of cargo space, the Nissan maxima stands last with its meager 14.3. 

What are the other storage spaces inside?

In terms of utilitarian cabin storage spades, the Dodge Charger is not very good for sure. While it does get front and rear door pockets, front seatback storage, overhead console with storage as well as front and rear cupholders, they look good on paper though. Where the Charger really struggles is that most of these convenient storage spaces are not convenient at all since they are all very small in size.

2021 Dodge Charger Exterior

The one thing which the Charger has always been famous for is its design and looks which is iconic and unlike any other car in the segment. In fact, many American customers get the Dodge Charger only for their looks in this segment as it is a pure American muscle car that everyone needs. Thankfully, this is a case not only with the looks but also with the powertrain.

A low and long body highlighted by deep and muscular creases all around the body are enough of a distinctive element for the Charger. What highlights its muscles is the growly face that features slim LED headlights along with large triple air-intakes. Large 19’ inch wheels with wider wheel arches further enhance its bold profile. The same practice extends to the rear as well with a single-strip horizontal tail light, flared hips and a lip spoiler.

Models

2021 Dodge Charger (Expected)

2020 Nissan Maxima 

2020 Toyota Avalon 

2020 Chrysler 300

Length (in)

198.4

192.8

195.9

198.6

Width (in)

75.0

73.2

72.8

75.0

Height (in)

57.8

56.5

56.5

58.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.2

5.3

5.3

5.0

Wheelbase (in)

120.0

109.3

113.0

120.2

Curb weight (lbs)

3964

3559

3560

4013

Overall, the exterior styling of the Dodge Charger is none but an absolute and very clean reflection of its core intent. It looks sporty, aggressive and powerful along with the distinctive raw American flavor into it. Unlike its spoiling wild intentions, the Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon carry a more elegance and luxury-oriented outfit. The Nissan Maxima on the other hand provides a very good blend of style, sportiness and elegance. 

Exterior Features:

  • Low slung and wide-body structure
  • Blackened grille
  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Powered remote folding side-view mirror
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers

2021 Dodge Charger Safety

9.0/10

The Charger comes equipped with great safety features in the segment which is more than enough to keep the customers safe inside. Dodge has thus loaded it with the latest safety features and driver assistance technologies which helps it a lot in protecting the passengers inside the Charger. With an extended suite of safety features, the 2020 Dodge Charger secured 5-star safety rating from NHTSA and an overall “Good” recognition by IIHS. The upcoming 2021 Dodge Charger is expected to offer similar peace of mind. With final details lingering in uncertainty, mentioned below are some of the highlighted safety features of the 2020 Dodge Charger

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Traction control system
  • Daytime running lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Front and side-mounted airbags
  • Rearview camera
  • Stability control system
  • Automatic emergency braking

2021 Dodge Charger Competition

8.0/10

2021 Dodge Charger Sedan vs. 2020 Chrysler 300

The Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300 both are very similar be it on the outside, inside, features or engines. Both the cars offer similar performance, interior space and efficiency as well. Where the head-to-head competition lands at is the exterior profile and suspension tuning. While the Charger’s design and suspension are more oriented towards sportiness and aggression, the Chrysler 300 emphasizes more on elegance and luxury.

2021 Dodge Charger Sedan vs. Nissan Maxima

Pitched against the Dodge Charger, the Nissan Maxima has a great edge over the American. While it may not have the large trunk and diverse powertrain options, it has its own distinct character to cover that. Not only is the Maxima more stylish and premium on the inside as well as outside, it also offers more front seat room than the Charger. The Maxima is also more efficient, powerful, quicker and fun-to-drive. Not only this, the Maxima is also far richer in features and equipment compared to the Dodge Charger.

2021 Dodge Charger Sedan vs. 2020 Toyota Avalon

The Japanese manufacturer has the car which is the most expensive offering in the segment starting at a whopping $35,880 with the Toyota Avalon. But to be completely honest, the Toyota Avalon is worth all the money you pay for it as it offers everything you need from a sedan along with great performance. It looks premium and elegant, is comfortable and loaded with creature comforts, it's also the most efficient in its class and drives much better than the Charger as well. Above all it comes with the promise of Toyota’s incredible build-quality and reliability.

2021 Dodge Charger Final Verdict

The Dodge Charger has been around for a very long time and it is undoubtedly a legendary car in the segment no matter what the rivals are. The Charger has been a great performance car in the segment for all these years and it still is a favorite among the American customers. Though the latest 2021 generation Charger does not have any major updates to the outside, inside or with the performance, it will still be the choice for many customers in the segment just for its iconic angry-man looks that have a strong American flavor into them. However, apart from the looks and down on patriotic influence, there are much better packed and better performing vehicles in the class at the same price range.

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