4 Reasons to Look Forward to the 2018 Dodge Charger
The 2018 Dodge Charger continues to evolve while still paying homage to the origins of the American muscle car. This year’s Charger is a roomy and comfortable sedan that packs a punch with multiple engine options, available all-wheel drive and styling that portrays the bravado of Chargers past. With nine different trim levels that allow you to customize everything from the infotainment system to the hood scoop, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Here are four reasons to look forward to the 2018 Dodge Charger.
The 2018 Charger puts a focus on safety by offering high technology driver assistance. With the Technology Package, you’ll get automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. These features increase the ability of the car to help the driver avoid situations which, in other cars, may lead to an accident.
The base model SXT comes standard with a 292 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6. In many car lineups, this would be the most powerful option available. With the Charger, that is just the starting point. The GT boasts the same engine to 300 horsepower. Above that, the R/T gets a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 379 horsepower. SRT 392 models have a 6.4-liter V-8 Hemi and the SRT Hellcat has a supercharged version of the 6.4-liter that makes up to 707 horsepower. No matter what your driving needs, the Charger has an engine for you.
Car and Driver called the UConnect Infotainment system a shining star inside the Charger. With good response time and resolution that exceeds most other manufacturer’s screens, the UConnect system is easy to control and makes all the necessary functions easy to find and use. Downloading the UConnect phone app allows you to run diagnostics on the Charger and facilitates the connection between your phone and the system. The SXT comes with a 7-inch display, while the other models get an 8.4-inch display. Upgrading to the SRT 392 or Hellcat adds navigation to the system.
New for 2018 Dodge has consolidated the all-wheel-drive Chargers under the GT nameplate. In most instances the system operates just like the rear wheel drive versions, leaving the front axle disconnected. Using a series of sensors, the front wheels are engaged when the system detects wheel slippage. Dodge’s innovative system means that you can get the security and traction of an all-wheel-drive car, while not sacrificing the performance and handling characteristics of a rear-wheel-drive Charger. While other cars in its class offer all-wheel drive, the addition of a larger cabin and 300 horsepower set the Charger apart.
The 2018 Dodge Charger wears many hats. On one hand, it is a riotous muscle car, offering the tire-shredding 700-horsepower Hellcat. On the other hand, the Charger can be a safe and secure family sedan with a bevy of active safety features and the confidence of all-wheel drive. The real beauty of the 2018 Charger is, you don’t have to pick just one. They’re both available in one alluring package.