Buying a used dodges? Have we got some tips for you… Before that, did you know that originally, the company was founded as the Dodge Brothers Company machine shop by, well, the Dodge brothers, Horace Elgin and John Francis? At the time, they provided parts and assemblies to Detroit automakers like Ford.
The Dodge brothers built their first automobiles by 1914, meaning Dodge is older than Chrysler, its parent company. In January 1920, John passed from the Spanish flu, and by December, Horace died of cirrhosis of the liver. The company was sold to Dillon, Read & Co. in 1925, and in turn, then sold to Chrysler in 1928.
Dodge was known to make hardy trucks, and today the Ram stands as a separate marque. Meanwhile, Dodge, as well as all of Chrysler marks now call Stellantis their home. If you are looking for a used Dodge, here are the ones that make perfect sense.
10 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona
The Dodge Charger Daytona nameplate returned for the fourth time in 2017 for its fans. At the time it was priced competitively but a pristine condition 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona can be bought for less than $35,000, and it’s worth every dollar.
You get a 5.7-liter V8 gas mated to an 8-speed automatic hammering out a massive 370 horses and 395 lb-ft of torque. Owning a historical nameplate “Daytona” from the Detroit stalwart “Dodge” is a great performance bargain for this price any day.
9 2004 Dodge Viper SRT-10
The Viper SRT-10 was the pinnacle of performance for Dodge and needs no introduction so let’s go straightway to the output figures. It’s armed with a V10 mill generating a staggering 650 horses and 600 lb-ft of torque.
When you let these horses loose, it’s mayhem, resulting in an insane 3.5-second 0-to-60 MPH zip. Being an SRT-badged Dodge it always came at a premium and has maintained its resale value to date. A clean 2004 example will set you back by around $50,000 on the used car bazaar, but it’s an excellent deal, and you won’t be disappointed with this ultimate performance machine.
8th 2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4
The Dodge Neon SRT-4 was a masterpiece as it was the product of DaimlerChrysler’s in-house PVO (Performance Vehicle Operations) division. It debuted in 2003 and in the following year the PVO division became SRT (Street & Racing Technology). Under the hood, it carries a turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-4 mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The 2004 models got larger fuel injectors for more power and made a whopping 230 horses and 250 lb-ft of torque. It propelled the speedster to a 5.3-second 0-to-60 MPH sprint at a top speed of 153 MPH. If you are swayed by these figures, you can grab clean examples for about $26,000 these days.
7 2020 Dodge Charger R/T
The current-gen Charger R/T is among the favorites among used Dodge buyers. A low-mile 2020 model packed with all the latest bells and whistles will set you back by around $35,000.
It features the same brutish 5.7-liter V8 that added to the brilliance of its other glorified sibling, the Daytona. Other amenities include superior brakes, paddle shifters, 20-inch alloys, and a sport-tuned suspension for a delightful flight. It’s an American legend, and you can own it without having to pay full price.
6 2016 Dodge Dart
The 2016 Dodge Dart makes sense when you’re looking for an affordable compact sedan that’s armed with an untiring engine and has got all modern tech. This was the final year for the Dart before it was discontinued as Dodge wanted to focus on the booming crossover segment.
Clean examples are up for grabs for less than $15,000 making it a good bargain at the moment. This one is a Limited trim equipped with a 2.4-liter inline-4 putting out spectacular 184 horses and 171 lb-ft of torque.
5 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT-8
Dubbed as the Dodge Magnum on ‘roids, the SRT-8 is an extreme speed machine. This doped sports tourer received a muscular set of HEMI engines for a spectacular performance. The 6.1-liter V8 thrashes out 425 horses and clocks a 0-to-60 MPH time in just 5.1 seconds on the way to 170 MPH tops.
However, as a part of its restructuring plans, Dodge let go of this magnum opus in 2008, more’s the pity. There’s one up for grabs for about $27,000.
4 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT 392
The Dodge Challenger is one of the most sought-after Dodge nameplates on the used car marketplace because of its phenomenal performance. It’s the current-gen Dodge Challenger from the house of SRT that is the hottest one at the moment.
An 18,000-mile 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 is available for less than $40,000 and is a good buy for this price. This Challenger SRT 392 with race car features is packed with a massive 6.4-liter HEMI V8 jetting out 485 horses and 475 lb-ft of torque.
3 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT-4
Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology group has belted out many memorable gems for more than three decades since its formation in 1989. The Dodge Caliber SRT-4 known for its hot-rodding prowess, is one of them.
The SRT-stamped Caliber boasts a turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-4 World Gasoline Engine pumping out 285 horses and 265 lb-ft of torque. The powerful powerplant is enough for a 5.9-second 0-to-60 MPH spin heading for a top speed of 155 MPH. You can get all this power for less than $15,000 today.
2 2014 Dodge Avenger
After a short-lived stint as a coupe, the Dodge Avenger nameplate resurfaced in 2008 as a fastback sedan with 2014 being its last year in production. Today sedans are not in demand, but this one is highly recommended.
It’s got a powerful engine that delivers worthwhile fuel economy, a comfy interior with a fair amount of technology, and is dirt cheap on the used car lots. Selling for less than $10,000, this 2014 example has got a 2.4-liter inline-4 mated to a 4-speed automatic and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
1 1948 Dodge Power Wagon
We’re talking about the early years of the Dodge Power Wagon here. Being a WWII truck, this American icon is best known for its outstanding performance under extreme situations. Starting its journey in 1945, this ultra-masculine workhorse had a military upbringing.
It came powered by a versatile 3.8-liter Flathead inline-6 mill cranking out 94 horses and 185 lb-ft of torque. They are the hottest things today on the collector’s bazaar and fetch six figures typically. One such beauty is up for grabs at Hemmings for $92,800.
Source: CarGurus, TrueCar, Carfax, IIHS.org, Hemmings