2019 Dodge Charger Introduction

Recalling ancestors from the muscle-car era, as far back as 1966, the 2019 Charger continues to entice enthusiasts and is unmistakably American. Aging gracefully, the Charger can be a V6 family sedan or, packing V8 power, a genuine muscle car. The basic platform hasn’t changed since the modern-day Charger debuted for 2005.

Dodge has reworked its model lineup for 2019, adding an all-wheel-drive SXT. The GT becomes a V6 model with performance looks.

New red, blue, and silver dual-center stripes decorate the SRT Hellcat. Dual carbon stripes are available on R/T and R/T Scat Pack. Performance upgrades for the Hellcat and Scat Pack include Launch Assist and Line Lock, plus a “performance” grille with dual air intakes. A Launch Control switch goes on the R/T Scat Pack, while the Hellcat adds Torque Reserve and an After-Run Chiller.

The Charger lineup now consists of SXT, SXT AWD, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and SRT Hellcat.

Base engine for SXT trim is a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. In the SXT AWD and GT, the V6 is rated at 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet.

In the Charger R/T, a 5.7-liter V8 makes 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque, for 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 6.0 seconds. The R/T Scat Pack boasts a 485-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 that slashes 0-60 mph time to about 4.5 seconds.

Topping off the lineup, the aptly-named SRT Hellcat unleashes a 707-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V8, capable of hitting 60 mph in a blistering 3.7 seconds.

Charger offers a decent selection of safety features, but inconsistent test scores. In crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Dodge’s Charger rated five stars overall and for side-impact, as well as rollover prevention (a calculated figure); but only four-star for the frontal-impact crash.

Crash-testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned mostly “Good” scores, but only a “Marginal” rating in the stringent frontal small-overlap test for the driver’s side. Headlights were judged “Poor.

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are standard. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

A high beltline restricts outward vision a bit more than other large sedans.

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