Dodge Charger Scat Pack, WooHoo!

 
 
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After almost 2 decades of front wheel drive only cars, Dodge gambled on a retro styled 4-door sedan with rear wheel drive and re-introduced the Charger badge. The bet was successful, in large part due to the maker’s ability to revive the nostalgic love of 70’s performance cars with models like the SRT8. They carry on the performance image with models like the Charger Scat Pack that appeal to those wanting muscle car performance but needing a back seat.

Our test car was the 2019 Dodge Charger Scat Pack with the Dynamic’s Package. The 392 cubic inch engine makes a robust 485 horsepower and 475 pounds of torque coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission to rocket the full-sized sedan down the road. Added to our car were the Navigation and Travel Group, Adaptive Dampening Suspension and Red Brake Calipers bringing the total from the base of $39,995 to a less modest $46, 075 including all destination charges.

Scat Pack Family Car?
A true 5 passenger sedan with LATCH points for 3 car seats the Charger fills the bill as a family car very well. The wide opening rear door makes access easy, and the huge trunk space can pack a family’s worth of gear or luggage. The rear seats fold down to provide more space if needed. There is a lot of small item storage with a good-sized console, cup holders, and door pocket to keep things in place. In the Scat Pack edition, you need things stored away to keep them from ending up in the back floor on acceleration.

The Charger is available in 2 V6 models, the SXT and the GT, either of which can be fitted with AWD. Both have about 300 horsepower and come with a version of the U-Connect infotainment system. The RT is the first V8 model with the 5.7-liter Hemi, the 8.4-inch U-Connect and sportier appearance and interior packages. The Scat Pack and Hellcat models offer 485 and 707 horse respectively and take the family sedan away from humdrum transportation.

Our Scat Pack could post 0-60 times of 4.1 seconds. While that is not the fastest on the road today, it is a remarkable performance from a 4-door sedan. Inside the U-Connect Infotainment system, you will find Performance Pages that allow you to time your own runs, adjust traction control, suspension and steering for street, performance or all-out track driving.

The on-road experience is good, with a positive feel of road grip, decent if not true race car steering, minimal body roll, and a quiet cabin. The large, aggressive tires and adaptive suspension allow a bit of road harshness on rougher roads. However, it isn’t unpleasant, only reminding us that we are driving a performance-oriented car.

Dodge Charger comes well equipped
Dodge Charger comes well equipped, even in the base model SXT. All Chargers come with at least a 7-inch U-Connect, traction control, power seats, power mirrors, parking assist, backup camera, dual-zone climate control, Keyless Go, Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Standard features increase with each bump in trim level, as does engine power and performance. The SXT has a V6 producing 292 horsepower, and that is the lowest of any Charger.

All of the expected high-tech options are available on the Charger including cross traffic alerts, emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

Fuel economy is good with he V6 posting 30 mpg highway and 19 city. If you’re wondering what the economy is on the Scat Pack you’re not thinking performance car, but it is 24 highway and 15 city, if you keep your right foot under control.

Beginning at only $29,695, the SXT is a good value. The Charger Scat Pack starting at $39,995 is an awesome value for anyone looking for a fun to drive, practical to use, and undemanding to maintain sedan.

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