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For the past 18 years, the Charger has epitomized Dodge’s mastery of speed and performance. However, the 2023 Dodge Charger marks the last version of the current generation. To reduce its carbon footprint, Dodge plans to roll out an EV based on the two-door Charger Daytona SRT concept. As the carmaker kills the Hemi V8-packing, tire-smoking, rear-wheel-drive sedan, Dodge Charger owners have opinions about the car’s best and worst features.

Overview of the 2023 Charger

A 2023 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody darts around a track
2023 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody | Stellantis

Based on the late-1900s E-Class platform by Daimler AG, the 2023 Dodge Charger is a surprising reincarnation of the muscular, TBT-worthy four-door sedan. For the 2023 model year, Dodge provides seven trim levels: SXT, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack Widebody, SRT Hellcat Widebody Jailbreak, and SRT Redeye Jailbreak. While the RWD system is standard across trims, the lower-level V6 models (SXT and GT) feature an all-wheel-drive system. 

To celebrate the final year of its performance-oriented sedan, Dodge is giving its legendary muscle cars a huge sendoff by rolling out special-edition models reminiscent of the muscle cars of the ’60s and ’70s. Each 2023 Charger features an underhood plaque that reads, “Last Call,” to celebrate the end of an era. That aside, the 2023 Charger’s content is the same as its predecessor; Dodge hasn’t updated the safety and driver-assist technology or the Uconnect infotainment system. 

However, the brand offers personalization options such as Widebody and Daytona packages, graphics, and stripes. For example, Hellcat Jailbreak buyers get exclusive interior and exterior trim and color combos, such as “Old School” and “Brass Funky.” The 2023 Charger color palette also includes the brand’s late ’60s and ’70s hues, like Plum Crazy, B5 Blue, Sublime, Destroyer Gray, TorRed, White Knuckle, and Octane Red — 14 in total. 

Dodge Charger owners like the car’s infotainment system, fuel economy, and entry/exit the least  

Like its corporate cousin — the Chrysler 300 — the Dodge Charger has its niche in the full-size car segment, competing with mainstream models such as the Nissan Maxima, Volkswagen Arteon, Toyota Crown, and Kia Stinger. J.D. Power previously reviewed the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, but this time, the focus shifted to the 2023 Charger’s updates and how it appeals to owners. 

According to the J.D. Power 2022 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study, males are the dominant Dodge Charger buyers, accounting for a 64% consumer base (versus 62% for the industry), while the median age for the full-size car shopper is 65 (versus 54 for the industry). 

The study collected data from verified Dodge Charger owners, who rated their cars in 10 main categories. Their preferences are as follows, from their favorite feature to least favorite: exterior styling, driving feel, powertrain, the feeling of safety, driving comfort, interior design, setting up and starting, infotainment, fuel economy, and ease of getting in and out. 

A closer look at Dodge Charger owners’ least favorite areas of their cars

Muscle cars are designed to roar, and the Dodge Charger has delivered that since 2006, thanks to its retro Hemi V8 and tire-smoking RWD. However, for a performance-focused car, it’s unfortunate that the model still has room for improvement in various areas, particularly the infotainment system, fuel economy, and ease of entry and exit, according to Dodge Charger Owners. 

The Charger is a large, heavy vehicle with an enormous appetite for fuel, which doesn’t seem to favor its die-hard fans. The car has a below-average EPA rating in the city, but it makes up for that with competitive highway estimates. After testing the car’s fuel economy, Car and Driver reviewers determined the V6 with AWD earns 26 mpg on the highway — 1 mpg higher than the larger 485-hp V8. That might not be good enough, but it could be worse. 

Every Charger comes with the Uconnect infotainment system, meaning owners get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features. The system generally has excellent response times, but Dodge Charger owners think the company could have done better, considering drivers can’t access some optional controls except through the touchscreen. Moreover, it doesn’t come with a Wi-Fi hotspot. 

Entering the cabin, riders will notice it’s pretty spacious, with ample headroom, hip room, and shoulder room. However, the car has a sloping roofline that makes getting in and out of the vehicle challenging. In addition, the wide pillars limit outward visibility, as do the small rear window and sloping windshield, especially through corners on curvy roads. 


The 2023 Dodge Charger Is Full of Highs and Lows