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For vociferous critics of the Dodge Charger, the torment is almost over. Dodge will discontinue the Charger and Challenger after the 2023 model year. Still, before the fans mourn and the haters rejoice, the 2023 model is in full swing. Moreover, the Mopar sedan has a few issues in its last iteration. 

What problems does the 2023 Dodge Charger have?

While the 2023 Dodge Charger has many redeeming qualities, it has its problems. According to U.S. News, the following issues affect the Dodge sedan model:

  • Lackluster interior materials
  • Limited safety features as standard equipment
  • Low fuel economy figures compared to competitors
A 2023 Dodge Charger GT has no problem sliding around in the snow with its AWD system.
Dodge Charger | Stellantis

Beyond the interior and platform issues the Challenger may have, one of the car’s latest faults is its impending discontinuation. That’s right; the familiar post-facelift Mopar dies with the 2023 model. The iconic nameplate may return another generation, but it will not be the gas-powered, rear-wheel drive (RWD) brute that we know today.

Is the Dodge Charger a luxury car?

While the Dodge Charger is comfortable and spacious, it’s not a luxury car. In fact, U.S. News says that one of the Charger’s more prominent issues is its lack of quality interior materials. The cabin may be ergonomic, but Dodge’s lackluster plastics aren’t exactly posh. 

Moreover, the Dodge sedan model’s limited soft-touch surfaces are further let down by the long-winded interior layout, a design that hasn’t changed much since the LD generation’s 2015 facelift. However, even with the dated interior, the Charger’s 7.0 and 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreens are larger than the comparable Ford Mustang, and the Uconnect system is user-friendly. 

A 2023 Dodge Charger shows off its Uconnect infotainment system with a touchscreen.
A touchscreen with Uconnect | Stellantis

What standard safety features does the 2023 Dodge Charger have?

The 2023 Dodge Charger packs limited standard safety features. For instance, TrueCar says all models pack rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. However, more advanced features are an optional upgrade, like adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring. 

However, the Charger has a five-star crashworthiness rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). So, while the Dodge model is a bit analog compared to a comparable Toyota Avalon, it’s still a safe option in the segment. 

Is the Dodge Charger fuel efficient?

The Dodge Charger SXT and GT pack a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine with as much as 19 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. However, with the addition of Dodge’s V8 engines, fuel efficiency is lacking. 

For instance, the R/T’s 5.7 Hemi V8 drops economy figures to 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The news gets worse with the model’s supercharged offerings; a 2023 SRT Hellcat Widebody gets as little as 12 mpg city and 21 mpg highway from its thirsty 6.2L V8.  

How much will the 2023 Charger cost?

Fortunately, the Dodge Charger is still a performance bargain. For instance, the V6-powered 2023 Charger SXT starts at about $34,240. The entry-level V8 in the lineup, the R/T starts at around $43,980. 

While the addition of displacement and forced induction drives the prices up, the Charger is one of the most powerful sedans for the money. An SRT Hellcat Widebody, with its 717-horsepower supercharged 6.2L V8, starts at about $78,940. The brutish Hellcat has 212 horsepower on an Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio for less money.


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