Calling the dodges Charger a four-door sedan hardly does the muscle car justice. What Dodge fans have come to expect over the years from the Charger lineup is power wrapped up in a slick performance sedan. It just so happens to seat five passengers too.
Dodge’s big and powerful sedan adds a new security alarm feature for 2022 and brings back all the engine options enthusiasts love. While Dodge’s self-proclaimed title of being “the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world” belongs to its SRT Hellcat Redeye sibling, the standard Charger still offers amazing horsepower-per-dollar value in the sedan segment.
Among large sedans, the Charger is up against the fuel-efficient Nissan Maxima and roomier Chrysler 300, but the engine options and horsepower ratings remain the ace up its sleeve.
Every large sedan buyer has to consider the Dodge Charger on their list of potential purchases, while taking into account each of the vehicle’s offerings across the SXT, GT, R/T, Scat Pack, and Scat Pack Widebody trims.
2022 Charger Lineup Offers Three Engine Options
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine comes standard, offering 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in the SXT RWD model. The engine gets a power bump up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque in the SXT AWD and GT models due to sport-tuned calibration improving the exhaust and engine, plus a special cold-air induction system. The Pentastar gets 30 mpg in SXT and GT models, while the SXT AWD and GT AWD rank slightly less at 27 mpg.
The R/T model offers the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine as standard, with 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. MDS Fuel Saver technology comes standard on the Hemi, offering up to 25 highway mpg.
The most potent engine available in the 2022 Charger is the naturally aspirated 392 Hemi V8 engine that generates a powerful 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. This comes standard on Charger Scat Pack models, offering what Dodge calls “the most horsepower per dollar of any sedan in the industry.”
America’s Only Four-Door Muscle Car Offering AWD
Dodge offers all-wheel drive in its Charger SXT and Charger GT models, laying claim to the title of being the only production four-door muscle car to have the option. These models feature an on-demand active transfer case and front-axle disconnect for automatically switching between RWD and AWD. A standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission handles shifting duties on all Charger models.
Own The Drag Strip In The Scat Pack Widebody Model
While Dodge reserves its fastest-accelerating Charger for the SRT models such as the Hellcat Redeye, the Scat Pack Widebody trim is no pushover when it comes to performance. It accelerates to 60 in a claimed 4.3 seconds and does the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds, according to Dodge.
Any drag racer worth his salt knows, however, how essential traction is on the strip. That’s where the 20-by-11-inch wheels come in, shod with Pirelli P-Zero performance tires. Buyers who want to take full advantage of what benefits Dodge offers in the way of straight-line performance and lateral grip will have to get the widebody package.
UConnect Touchscreen And Harman Kardon Audio System
Being a large sedan, the Charger offers five-passenger seating, though it’ll be a tight squeeze with three adults in the back. Considering the 2021 Charger has 16.5 cu ft of cargo capacity with all seats in place, it’s safe to expect something similar in 2022 models. This is more than the Charger’s German rivals such as the 2021 BMW M5 and 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Sedan, which each offer 14 cu ft and 13.1 cu ft respectively.
The interior places an emphasis on the infotainment and audio systems by delivering an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen and 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, available in the Charger Scat Pack and R/T models.
Buyers who pay for the $1,295 Driver Convenience Group package for the SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD, and R/T models benefit from the new Deluxe Security alarm feature, which comes standard on the Scat Pack.
This Powerful Sedan Comes At A Price
It’s clear what attracts Charger buyers the most: the four powerplant options Dodge offers under the hood. Putting power like that in a large sedan comes at a price, however.
Kelley Blue Book’s starting price for the 2022 Dodge Charger comes in at $32,945, a bump up from the 2021 SXT model’s $31,125. Without any real changes other than the Deluxe Security alarm system, buyers can pay less for the 2021 model. Remember, any 2015-2021 Charger models qualify for a free double verification upgrade, so owners still benefit from some enhanced security measures.
In addition to the Scat Pack Widebody, it’s safe to expect Dodge has plenty of packages on offer for 2022 models including the Blacktop Package, Performance Handling Group, and more.