2021 Dodge Charger: How Fast, Expensive, and Efficient Is It?

Buying a new car is exciting, especially if you have your eyes on a riotous Dodge Charger. However, if you’re not in the market for a brand new Charger, you might opt for a slightly used model. A 2021 Dodge Charger could cover all of your bases, and there are plenty of high-horsepower engine options. Here’s everything you need to know about a 2021 Dodge Charger. 

Key Points: 

  • Depending on condition, mileage, location, and title, a 2021 Dodge Charger SXT typically costs around $32,000.
  • The stratospherically powerful widebody Hellcat-powered Chargers will set you back around $86,000-$87,000 depending on mileage, location, condition, and title. 
  • A 2021 Dodge Charger can pack anything from a 292 horsepower Pentastar V6 to a 797 horsepower supercharged V8 in the Hellcat Redeye Widebody. 
  • 2021 Dodge Chargers are not fuel-efficient cars, with the popular SXT managing 19 mpg city and a decent 30 mpg highway. Economy gets even worse with V8 trims. 

How much is a 2021 Dodge Charger? 

2021 Dodge Charger how fast expensive and efficient is it
Dodge Charger Hellcat | Atilgan Ozdil, Getty Images

The base model Charger is the SXT, and it is one of the most affordable trims in the Charger lineup. According to Kelley Blue Book (KBB), fair market value range for a 2021 SXT is $30,077-$31,562. A Dodge Charger GT has a fair market range of $36,044-$39,911 and offers all-wheel drive (AWD).

The 2021 Dodge Charger R/T will set you back an average of $40,706-$45,069, and a Scat Pack is around $48,512-$56,176. Finally, the Hellcats are at the top of the food chain. For instance, the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Widebody runs about $82,493-$91,437. 

What engines does the 2021 Dodge Charger offer? 

2021 Dodge Charger how fast expensive and efficient is it
Dodge Charger Hellcat | Felix Kästle, Getty Images)

The base model SXT packs the Pentastar V6 engine, which produces 292 horsepower. That same V6 engine lives in the similar Dodge Charger GT, which adds the utility of an AWD system. Next, the Charger gets a 370 horsepower 5.7L Hemi V8 engine in the R/T trim. In addition to the R/T, the Charger is available as a Scat Pack. The Scat Pack packs a monstrous naturally-aspirated 6.4L V8 producing an eager 485 horsepower. 

Next up is the Charger Hellcat, with a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine producing 717 horsepower. Finally, the range-topping Charger is the Redeye, complete with a tire-killing 797 horsepower supercharged V8 engine. 

How efficient is the 2021 Dodge Charger? 

No Dodge Charger is efficient. It’s just the nature of the beast, literally. The base model SXT manages to cruise to the tune of 19 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, which is as economical as it gets. The R/T hits 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg at highway speeds. Further, the Scat Pack has a thirsty score of 15 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. That isn’t terrible considering the added weight and extra 115 horsepower. 

Things get a little ugly with the Hellcat’s fuel economy. According to TrueCar, the gluttonous supercharged powerplants manage only (gulp) 12 mpg in the city and 21 mpg at highway speeds. However, considering the brutal power and torque of the big, bad cats, it might just be worth it.  

Although the Charger hasn’t changed very much, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing

2021 Dodge Charger how fast expensive and efficient is it
Dodge Charger | Raymond Boyd, Getty Images

The 2021 Dodge Charger has an aging interior and arguably tired exterior styling. Many of the same engines prevail within the Charger line, and there is still no AWD option for a V8 model. However, the Charger is the last word in four-door muscle. Scroll down to read more about why a Dodge Charger is a better choice than a Nissan Maxima. 

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