2020 Dodge Charger

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2020 MODEL
$29,895 - $33,595
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2020 Dodge Charger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 12, 2020
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Swapnil Kulshrestha

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The Charger nameplate has been up and running for more than 30 years now, and has been a fetish for all the muscle-enthusiasts. The Dodge Charger SXT is the base model of the horsepower-heavy Charger lineup and is capable enough of taking you on a muscle-car inspired spin, without compromising on the comfort factor. 

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Pros

Punchy V6 engine

A great scope of customization with plenty of paint-job and graphics options

Easy-to-use infotainment system

Cons

Fit and finish of the interior is not going to impress you

The exterior design feels somewhat obsolete

What's New?

Enhancement of width for the front fenders


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29895

bodystyle

sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

220.0 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp 6350@rpm

torque

260 hp 4800@rpm

transmission

8- speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front suspension

suspension rear

5-link rear suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

120.0 in.

length

198.4 in.

width

75.0 in.

height

57.8 in.

capacity

cargo volume

16.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

100 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/21/26 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

36,000/36

powertrain warranty

60000/60


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Dodge Charger in B5 Blue Pearl Coat color  2020 Dodge Charger in Torred Clearcoat color  2020 Dodge Charger in IndiGo Blue color  2020 Dodge Charger in Plum Crazy Pearl Coat color
B5 Blue Pearl Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.2

Exterior

6.7

Safety

5.0

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Dodge Charger SXT

SXT

power
300 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
21 combined

$29,895 - $33,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,595 MSRP (19/21/26) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, Gasoline
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5
SXT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $29,895 MSRP (19/21/26) 292 hp @ 6,350 RPM, 3.6 L, V-6, Gasoline
8-speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2020 Dodge Charger GT

GT

power
300 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
25 combined

$31,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $31,895 MSRP (19/25/30) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, Gasoline
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.8

Overall Rating


Though being the base trim, the Dodge Charger SXT does not pack in the punch of the SRT Hellcat or the SCAT pack, yet it can very-well massage your muscle-car sentiment and that too at a budget. 

A true American muscle-car in all aspects, the Charger SXT offers performance and comfort at the price of bread and butter cars. This base model of the Charger locks its horns with some foreign invaders such as the Kia Stinger and the Toyota Avalon while handling the revolt of the homebred Chrysler 300.

2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Front View
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.2/10
Interior

 

6.7/10
Exterior

 

5.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Dodge Charger Features

8.0/10

The Dodge Charger fits the 3.6L V6 power-mill in two of its trims. The SXT and the GT. SXT being the base trim starts at a price of $29,895 for the Rear-wheel-drive and $33,595 for the All-wheel-drive variant. The GT slots itself above the SXT and comes at a sticker price of $31,895. However, the SXT is the only dodge Charger trim that offers the option of an AWD configuration.

Trim

SXT

GT

MSRP RWD

$29,895

$31,895

MSRP AWD

$33,595

N/A
 

Keyless entry and ignition 

All features of SXT Plus:

 

17-inch alloy wheels

20-inch wheels

 

Rearview camera

LED foglights

 

Rear parking sensors

Performance hood, side sills, and fascias

 

Power-adjustable driver’s seat

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Cloth sport seats

Houndstooth Cloth seats with performance bolsters

 

Uconnect 4 infotainment system

Uconnect 4C infotainment system

 

7-inch touchscreen

8.4-inch touchscreen

 

Bluetooth

HD radio

 

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

 

Six-speaker sound system

Enhanced suspension

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Among the two available options, the GT is clearly a wiser choice to go for. It doesn't increase a lot in MSRP from the base SXT, adding in a lot more features such as the Performance hood, side sills, and fascias, which lend the car an all the way more muscle-car vibe.

2020 Dodge Charger Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Under that wide and low hood, the 2020 Dodge Charger gets a 3.6-liter V6, which can generate 292 horses and 260 lb.-ft. Of that spinning force. These ponies are synchronized to wake up your neighbors every time you turn this muscle on. The Dodge Charger SXT is also available in an AWD configuration for an additional $3700. The AWD configuration faces a slight power bump over the RWD variation and generates 300 hp along with 264 lb.-ft. Of torque. 

2020 Dodge Charger has a 3.6-liter V6

The auto-marquee installs an 8-speed automatic transmission with auto-manual up and down the charger lineup to execute the shifting duties. This arrangement feels just apt to handle the humongous power on offer in upper trims of the Dodge Charger which produce up to 707 hp in the Charger SRT Hellcat. In this case also, the transmission feels right handling the handy 292 ponies. 

Models

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

MSRP

$29,895

$29,470

$32,990

$35,800

Engine

3.6-liter V-6 regular gas

3.6-liter V-6 regular gas

2.0-liter Inline-4

3.5-liter V-6

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

292 hp @ 6,350 rpm

292 hp @ 6,350 rpm

255 hp @ 6200 rpm

301 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm

260 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm

260 ft-lbs. @ 1400 rpm

267 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

The Dodge Charger is a renowned name in the world of muscle cars, but the base version of this ride seems under the burden of carrying this nameplate. The Dodge Charger SXT’s power figures do not really stand out in the segment. The Chrysler 300, offer exactly the same power figures as the Charger while the Toyota Avalon takes the lead with 301 hp and 267 lb.-ft. Of torque.

How fast is the Dodge Charger SXT?

The Dodge Chargers have been known for carrying massive power and pulling off flared up 0-60 dashes(3.6 for the SRT Hellcat). However, the SXT trim of the Dodge Charger seems far from this athleticism and can pull off a 0-60 in a modest 6.4 seconds.

2020 Dodge Charger Accelerate 0-60 mph in  6.4 seconds.

There’s consistent power throughout the rev range and the Charger makes the quarter-mile in under 15 seconds, making its way to a top speed of 155 mph.

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

0-60 MPH

6.4

6.2

6.6

6.0

Quarter Mile

14.8

15.7

14.7

14.6

Engine

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

2.0L Inline-4

3.5L V6

The Dodge Charger Sedan’s 6.4 seconds 0-60 dash time seems a bit meek in this comparison, and the ride is faster than the Kia Stinger but gets a good taillamp glance of the Chrysler 300 and the Toyota Avalon.

What about the braking performance of the Dodge Charger SXT?

The Dodge Charger SXT gets 12.6-inch brake rotors back and front which are capable enough of depreciating the ride to a standstill from 60 mph in a distance of just 107 ft. The Dodge Charger SXT does not witness the slightest of fade or sway under repeated heavy braking situations. 

The Dodge Charger SXT gets 12.6-inch brake rotors back

The brake pedal of the Dodge Challenger SXT feels rightly weighted and inspires confidence. Though it feels a bit light at first, but once you adapt to the feel and bite of the brake pads, the braking performance of this muscle is the last thing you’ll ever complain about. 

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

Brake front

(in.)

12.6

12.6

12.6

12

Brake Rear

(in.)

12.6

12.6

12.4

11.1

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

3,934

4,013

3649

3560

60-0 MPH (ft.)

107

109

126

115

The Dodge Challenger though being one of the heaviest vehicles in this segment posts the best braking distance figures. The ride stops in just 107 ft. emerging as the absolute champion of the braking fixture. The Chrysler 300 makes a close chase, stopping from 60-0 in 109 ft. The Toyota Avalon ranks third, followed by the Kia Stinger. 

What about its driving dynamics?

Though the badge Dodge, feels incomplete without a V8 under the hood, yet the Challenger SXT, that bears a V6 delivers decent performance. The power generated by the V6 is delivered effectively and efficiently to the rear/all wheels with the help of the 8-speed automatic transmission that feels very responsive. 

The 2020 Dodge Charger power generated by the V6 is delivered effectively

Apart from the mechanics, the Dodge charger feels like that buffed highschool bully guy who had a lot of strength but was far from athleticism. The Dodge Charger also has steroids running through its veins but is too distant from acrobatic capabilities. 

The Dodge Charger offers a comfortable ride, but just don’t expect it to glide over the corners for you. The steering of the Charger is rightly weighted but does not feel as connected to the road as you’d expect from a car of 21st century. The throttle-pedal is extra-sensitive and will start reacting at the slightest touch of your foot.

2020 Dodge Charger Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The Dodge Charger is a heavy and powerful set of wheels. Fitted with a 3.6L V6 the charger may get perceived as a fuel guzzler but it certainly is not.  The Dodge Charger SXT can return mpg figures of 19 in the city and 30 on the highways, summing it up to a combined mpg of 23. 

Moreover, the Dodge Charger offers one of the biggest fuel tanks in the comparison, which further magnifies its range of covering miles. The Dodge Charger can travel across 352 city miles or 555 highway miles on a full tank.

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

MPG (city)

19

19

22

22

MPG (highway)

30

30

29

32

MPG (combined)

23

23

25

26

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

18.5 gal.

18.5 gal.

15.9 gal.

14.5 gal.

Range (city/highway) (miles)

352/555

352/555

350/461

319/464

The Dodge Charger SXT offers the best in class mpg figures, along with the deepest fuel tank. The Chrysler 300 stands shoulder to shoulder with the Dodge, with exactly the same figures. The Toyota Avalon ranks third with a combined mpg of 26, followed up closely by the Kia Stinger with a combined mpg figure of 25 under its belt.

2020 Dodge Charger Interior

7.2/10

The one thing that hasn’t changed for the Dodge is the typical muscle character it stuffs its offerings with. The 2020 Charger sedan drives like a classic sedan and also looks like one inside-out. 

The SXT trim of the 2020 Dodge Charger gets cloth sport seats as standard, which can be swapped with Nappa leather sport seats, at no additional cost. The front seats are big and provide enough accommodation and support for long hours. The rear seats though are claimed to host 3 people, but the comfort level remains restricted to the seating of 2 persons. 

2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Front Seats

The cabin of the Charger though misses to hit the spot and feels rather so-so. Most of the surfaces inside the cabin of this base model Charger are covered in plastic which looks fine but seizes away the premium vibe. 

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

37.4/58.3/42.1

37.4/58.3/42.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

36.6/57.9/40.1

37.9/57.7/40.1

37.5/57.1/40.3

37.5/57.1/40.3

The cabin insulation is another downside of the Dodge Charger SXT’s interior. Though most of the noises are kept at bay, the rolling sound of those chunky tires is going to eat into your mind as you rev harder and move up the powerband.

Creature comforts on offer in the Dodge Charger SXT

The Dodge Charger offers a wide array of features to make every ride a pleasurable one. Every ride inside the Dodge Charger reminds you of the typical muscle cars without compromising on the comfort part. Some of the most prominent convenience features that the Dodge Charger SXT packs are: 

  • Illuminated auxiliary driver and passenger-side visor mirrors
  • Full floor console with covered box
  • Steering wheel with manual tilting, manual telescoping
  • 5 USB ports
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls
  • Manual dual-zone front air conditioning
  • Remote engine start

What about utility?

The Dodge Charger SXT offers a decent cargo space of 16.1 cu.ft. Though not the best, yet this figure is respectable for a car that traces its roots to performance-orientation. However, the bone of contention is that the trunk of the Charger has a high liftover, with space narrowing towards the back. 

The small-item storage inside the cabin is also below the average level for the Dodge Charger. The door and center panel pockets are tiny and can hardly accommodate most of the standard-size belongings.  

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

Cargo Volume (ft3)

16.1

16.3

23.3

16.1

The Dodge Charger and the Toyota Avalon offer the smallest cargo volume with 16.1 cubic feet. The Chrysler 300 does not do much either with a difference of just .3 cubic feet. The Kia Stinger offers an unbeatable 23.3 cubic feet, justifying the notion that non-performance oriented cars are so much better at fulfilling your utilitarian needs.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The Dodge Charger’s infotainment system is one of the most simple and functional infotainment arrangements out there. The ride is fitted with a Uconnect 4 system that beams all the information on a 7-inch display, which is standard for the Dodge Charger SXT.Though there is an option of upgrading to the Uconnect 4C and Uconnect 4C NAV with an 8.4-inch display at some additional costs. Some of the most prominent features of the Dodge Charger’s infotainment system are: 

  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment panel 
  • AM/FM Radio 
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth Streaming
  • Voice Command 
  • Hands-free Calling
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Dashboard
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Infotainment screen
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Front seats

2020 Dodge Charger Exterior

6.7/10

What do we even say about the Dodge Charger’s styling? It’s wide, long, low and simply exudes out the American character. The Dodge Charger is one hell of a sheer sized-vehicle but these dimensions help the car carry the mystical muscle profile with supreme dignity. 

2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Front View

The Dodge Charger boasts a wide and low stance, paying homage to the veterans of the Dodge family, and imposing a conventional “Descendant of Dominance” attitude on the streets. The car is every bit charismatic in terms of styling, however, in case the appeal is just not enough to seduce you, the company offers a wide range of customizable, heritage-inspired paint job and graphic options. 

Model

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Kia Stinger

Toyota Avalon

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,934

4,013

3611

3560

Length (in.)

198.4

198.6

190.2

1973.65.9

Width (in.)

75.0

75.0

73.6

72.8

Height (in.)

58.2

58.5

55.1

56.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.9

5.0

5.1

5.3

Wheelbase (in.)

120.2

120.2

114.4

113.0

Track Width (in.) F/R

63.4/63.8

63.4/63.8

62.8/63.7

62.6/63.4

For the year 2020, the Dodge Charger has received fender flares with an added width of 3.5-inches, making a place for wider tires. The Charger is one mean looking car that stares directly into your eyes. Despite the similar roofline and overall design which is often linked to its predecessors, the 2020 Dodge Charger manages to look modern from the front to the rear.

What are those eye-catching features?

Every inch of the Dodge Charger’s long, low and wide body makes us fall more and more in love with the belle of America. Some of the most noteworthy exterior features of the Dodge Charger, that intensifies its aura are: 

  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Black grille
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers
  • Power remote manual-folding side-view door mirrors
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Bonnet
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Bonnet
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Rear lights
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Rear lights
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Side View
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Side View
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Rear View
2020 Dodge Charger Sedan Rear View

2020 Dodge Charger Safety

5.0/10

The Dodge Charger lineup offers great safety features to ensure the safety of all the Americana-Patrons on-board. However, the base SXT trim is sparse from these highlights and offers pretty basic safety features. Some of the noteworthy Dodge Charger safety features are: 

  • Front and Side-Mounted Airbags
  • ABS
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Daytime running lights
  • Traction control
  • Parking Sensors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Back-up camera
  • Stability control
  • Side impact beams

2020 Dodge Charger Competition

Dodge Charger SXT vs. Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 seems like a vehicle that was specially built with the aim of taking the Dodge Charger down. The Chrysler performs similarly to the Dodge in almost every aspect, be it power, performance, fuel-efficiency, or utility. The ride comes fitted with a 3.6L V6 which can generate 292 hp and 260 lb.-ft. Of torque, which is the exact same figure as the Charger. The Chrysler 300 can do a 0-60 in 6.2 seconds, which is again very close to the Charger’s 6.4 seconds. Speak of the mpg figures, and again the Chrysler absolutely imitates the Charger.

2020 Chrysler 300

Dodge Charger SXT vs. Kia Stinger

Priced at $32,990, the Kia Stinger is the true utility-character vehicle of the segment. The ride is also the only offering of the segment that houses a 2.0L Inline 4 instead of a V6. The Kia Stinger cannot accomplish handsome 0-60 acceleration figures, neither it can make you reach from one traffic signal to another, faster than other cars. However, it can stuff in all the luggage for your family weekend getaway in its cavernous 23.3 cubic feet hood.

2020 Kia Stinger

Dodge Charger vs. Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon is the priciest offering of this segment with a starting price of $35,880, though this ride is worth every penny you spend on it. Fitted with a 3.5L V6, the Avalon runs on 301 ponies along with 267 lb.-ft. Of torque. These are the highest power figures in the segment, making it sprint from 0-60 in dot 6 seconds, also making it the fastest in the league. Even after possessing such power figures, the Avalon returns the best in class mpg figures.

2020 Toyota Avalon

 

2020 Dodge Charger Final Verdict

What happens when a muscle-car gets in bed with utility? The Dodge Charger. The Dodge Charger is a car that strikes a perfect balance between performance and utility. The ride offers the best cabin and cargo space any muscle car has ever seen. Though, the base SXT version does not offer you the actual punch and pride of a muscle-car, yet can get you a spot in the “Musclehood” gang, and that too on a budget.