Dodge has rightfully carved out their space in the auto industry as one of the last American muscle car brands. The 2021 Dodge Charger still retains a lot of the grunt and grit from its heyday as one of the go-to muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s. The big difference is that now the Charger fulfills the role as both a muscle car and as a performance sedan. This makes it a fine option for those who want to kindle that burning desire to strip rubber from the tires by putting hundreds of horses onto the pavement while at the same time needing a four-door sedan to take the kids to school in.
Like most recent model years of the nameplate, the 2021 Dodge Charger comes in a variety of different trims with a large selection of powertrain options designated for different kinds of drivers. The seven trims you can select from start with the base SXT, followed by the GT, R/T, Scat Pack, Scat Pack Widebody, SRT Hellcat Widebody, and SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. The trims are also packed with a lot of available features and the optional of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, so you can find that perfect balance between work and play with the 2021 Dodge Charger.
Dodge has put a lot of work into staying relevant in today's automotive landscape by promising shoppers a one-of-a-kind driving experience with scaled powertrain options that start with the fuel-conscious Pentastar V6. The options then scale all the way up to a supercharged HEMI V8. The Charger transforms from a modern four-door sedan that purrs to a visually enticing performance sports sedan with an intimidating growl. And of course, there is a gradient in between those two extremes for those who may want more or less from their Charger, depending on driving habits and where the vehicle is expected to be driven.
The 2021 Dodge Charger is available with five different powertrain options across two different drivetrain configurations, including rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The base powertrain is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that produces between 292 and 300 horsepower, depending on if you go with the SXT or GT trim. The Pentastar tops out at 264 pound-feet of torque. It's a great option for those who want just enough power to feel the revs and power that the Charger is capable of while still maintaining a decent fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon in the city and up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
Of course, most people buy a Charger to feel the vibrations of speed through the steering wheel and the roar of the engine under the hood. For this kind of experience, there are four other powertrain setups that accommodate that yearning for unrestrained performance. The entry-level powerhouse powertrain for the Charger is a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that produces 370 horsepower while putting down 395 pound-feet of torque. If you still need more power than that, the 6.4-liter 392 HEMI V8 is the answer to your prayers, giving you 485 horsepower to rock the roadways and up to 475 pound-feet of torque to burn rubber like few four-door sedans can.
But what if you want more? What if you desire to scream down the highway at speeds previously thought unimaginable in an American-made performance sedan? Well, for that, you will need the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V8 engine, producing an immensely powerful 717 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. This is the penultimate form of pushing the Charger to its absolute limits and experiencing the thrill of speeds you probably didn't think possible. But what if that's not enough?
Well, the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI high-output V8 for the SRT Hellcat Widebody trim isn't actually the most powerful iteration of the engine available. Believe it or not, you can actually achieve enviable performance possibilities with the one and only SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, a trim that helps redefine the expected capabilities of a vehicle within the segment. Powered by a finely tuned 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI high-output V8, the SRT Hellcat Redeye is capable of producing 797 horsepower and sending 707 pound-feet of torque through the driveline. The Hellcat Redeye is the epitome of a performance sedan and is the pinnacle achievement of Dodge's attempt to push the American muscle car to all new heights.
What good is a lot of power under the hood if it's hard to control, or the vehicle that the engine is attached to isn't very fun to ride in? Well, the great news about the 2021 Dodge Charger is that it is an amazing vehicle to ride in, and not just for its impeccably stylish design. The Charger also wins out by having great tech that keeps it on the road, the driver safe behind the wheel, and passengers entertained along the way.
The 2021 Dodge Charger comes with the Uconnect 4C Nav infotainment suite, featuring an HD color touchscreen, Bluetooth wireless support with voice-activated audio controls, integrated remote vehicle start-up, and the availability of the SiriusXM Guardian software. The SiriusXM integration includes roadside assistance and emergency support. You can also stay connected no matter where you go with the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot support. Of course, you also have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
With the inclusion of HD radio and the available Harman Kardon 19-speaker surround sound setup, you can listen to your favorite tunes from your smart device within the cabin of the Charger either with the simple press of a button or via voice-activated interactivity. And with the digital driver information cluster, you can easily navigate and maintain quick sight on the telematics from the 7-inch digital display.
The Charger comes with a lot of basic safety and comfort features as well, such as airbags, impact beams, seatbelt pretensioners, power driving, and power passenger seating, as well as traction and stability control. Brake assistance comes standard, along with four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Available safety assistance such as blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, and forward collision alert can all help increase your safety while on the road. You can even take advantage of additional assists such as LaneSense, which helps with lane keeping and lane departure warnings. Also, you can be sure that your Charger won't be leaving your hands due to some unforeseen circumstances, thanks to the vehicle immobilizer system and panic alarm.
It's impressive to have access to the seemingly unparalleled amounts of power in the Charger. But it makes the experience mean so much more when the vehicle manages to exude a sense of style to match that power. For anyone and everyone interested in the 2021 Dodge Charger, you can take refuge in knowing that this is one sedan that doesn't skip a beat when it comes to radiating as much style as it does performance.
For the 2021 model year, the GT trim now comes standard with 20-inch wheels, much like its Hellcat siblings. However, you can customize the Charger with a range of 11 custom wheels with a wide variety of looks. You might also notice the very sporty hood scoop and the dual heat extractors on each side of the scoop. With performance-enhanced aerodynamics, flared fenders, a menacing front fascia, and an equally aggressive rear fascia with a rear spoiler, the Charger looks every bit the part of a muscle car.
Add on the fact that there is a dual-tone racing stripe livery that's available in a number of different colors, and you can easily see how the Charger can effortlessly shift from a family-focused sedan made for basic errands, trips, and business, to a full-fledged muscle car. The interior is just as stylish, sporting a performance shifter for the 8-speed automatic transmission, as well as paddle shifters on the leather and suede steering wheel for those who want to control gear changes manually.
There are even a number of customizable interior options available. From the Alcantara steering wheel to the carbon fiber inserts, there are many different ways to personalize the Charger to your liking. Whether you go with leather seats or two-tone interior colors, there's enough variety and depth to appeal to all types of muscle car enthusiasts looking to drive something sporty and functional in the modern era. Combine those looks with the car's superior performance, and it's easy to see why the 2021 Dodge Charger is a standout among its peers.