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2015 Dodge Charger: A Bad, Bad Sedan That’s Oh So Good

Once you have kids, you have to rethink your automotive priorities. That cute little two-seater won’t work anymore no matter how much you love it, so you’re going to have to spring for something a little bit larger. There’s the ubiquitous minivan, ugh, but there’s also the good old sedan. The 2015 Dodge Charger is a sedan, but the word good doesn’t apply. This is a bad, bad, sedan and it’s so much fun, you won’t even miss that two-seater.

Let’s get something out of the way right at the start. The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. If you’ve looked at a Charger then you’ve heard about this beast with its 707 horsepower. This is insane. I say that in a good way and, having taken it around the track, it was some of the most fun I’ve had behind the wheel of a car. Still, this isn’t the Charger I’d buy as my everyday car.

I know, that sounds like a whole different kind of insane—why wouldn’t you want all that power?—but stick with me for a minute. I happen to own a 2010 Dodge Charger, so I’m speaking as the Mom who refused to buy a minivan and instead bought a muscle car to tote her kids around town.

When I got into the Hellcat on the track, the instructor pointed at the “707+ horsepower” on the screen and asked me what it meant. I looked at him questioningly and said, “Don’t mash the gas pedal?” and he responded, “Right. Pretend there’s an egg under that pedal. Be very, very gentle.”

Okay, egg under the gas pedal. Check. They gave us the go ahead, I gently pressed the gas, and instantly the imaginary egg under my gas pedal was a blob of sticky goo. I didn’t mean to do this, but 707 horsepower is a lot and it’s hard not to hit the pedal harder than necessary.

Don’t get me wrong. I loved that car and drove it in circles until the Dodge people told me I had to get out of the car and go home. The one I would buy, however, is the 2015 Dodge Charger SXT Plus. I had the chance to drive this one through the West Virginia countryside and it was enough to make me think about upgrading what’s in my garage right now.

This version of the 2015 Dodge Charger has a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a Rallye Group that turns his into a 300 horsepower engine with 264 lb-ft of torque. Note that this is not a Hellcat but those are still hella good numbers. Another good number is the price. The Hellcat starts at $63,995 while the SXT starts at $29,995.

You can mash the gas pedal, when the law allows, and you will get an impressive burst of speed that will squish you back into the seats and put a smile on your face. It is loaded with comfort and convenience features and the SXT trim makes things a little more special, a little sportier, with LED fog lamps, Uconnect 8.4″ touchscreen, heated seats and mirrors, remote start, dual zone climate control, an Alpine sound system, and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Add on the Plus Group, which technically costs less to add than the actual options if you separated them out, and you up the sport factor even more. Now you’ve got leather seats, a heated steering wheel and backseats, a rear camera, illuminated cup holders, driver and passenger lower LED lamps, and a security alarm.

Basically, the Charger SXT Plus is the Hellcat’s smarter, slightly more well-behaved older brother. He’s the one you want to bring home to Mom because he’s responsible and polished, but still a sexy bad boy beneath all those good manners.

Chrysler covered all expenses for me to attend this event.


7 Responses to “2015 Dodge Charger: A Bad, Bad Sedan That’s Oh So Good”

  1. keith linton says:

    How is the awd model? I see it comes with only 19 inch wheels. I hope it is not the one pictured above in gray

  2. Nicole says:

    They've got new cast-aluminum axles and axle housings on the RWD and AWD so it's an improvement over the outgoing model, getting rid of some of that weight so it doesn't feel as heavy to drive. As for the wheels, can't remember the breakdown but there's something like 14 different options ,so you can probably find one you like.

  3. keith linton says:

    Im planning to get a new car and the two choices was this one and the Genesis AWD model. Since I live in NY, I don't want to another experience like last winter. (BTW I had a 2005 acura TL) and for the first time since purchase I had trouble going up the hill. I love to drive but not going suv.

  4. Nicole says:

    You know, you've got two good choices there and I've spent some time in both. They're very different cars. I think you'll be happy – and not stuck on hills – in either so it's going to come down a lot to style and your driving preferences. They're both well equipped, comfortable, plush sedans, but the Charger is more brute force while the Genesis is more elegance. Drive them both before the snow flies (hopefully you're not in an area that just got buried) and then make your choice.

  5. keith linton says:

    Im leaning towards brute force since just came from vtec v6 of the acura. How is the reliability of your 2010 dodge charger? was yours front wheel or rear wheel? did you have problems with it ( if you live in the snow states)

  6. Nicole says:

    My Charger is RWD, and I'm in NH so we get snow and I drive in it all the time with no trouble. I honestly have never gotten stuck! No reliability issues, just the usual oil/tire changes and that's it. Really, I'm very happy with it…and he new one is vastly improved over what I'm driving.

  7. keith linton says:

    Wow….Really… and here I was thinking that rear wheel drive is in a disadvantage in those kind of whether conditions. That makes my decision a little easier.

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