We typically don’t associate muscle cars with quietness, especially ones with howling V8s. Yet the Dodge Charger, one of the most iconic American cars, is well insulated from exterior noise. In fact, Consumer Reports placed it on its list of the quietest midsize and large sedans.
The Dodge Charger provides a drive as serene as those in sedans such as the Toyota Avalon and Honda Accord. Here’s why the Dodge Charger appeals to reserved drivers and thrill-seekers alike.
The Dodge Charger’s V8 ‘putters along quietly’
The 2021 Dodge Charger offers a nice variety of engines, so Consumer Reports tested two of them. The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that can harness 300 hp on all-wheel-drive models. CR also tested the R/T trim, which packs a 370-hp V8.
The Dodge Charger rides comfortably regardless of engine choice, especially on highway journeys. You’ll detect no engine noise on the V6, but the V8 produces some subtle humming. However, CR clarifies it’s noticeable only under heavy throttle and doesn’t disturb the Charger’s quiet cabin.
Ultimately, CR says the Charger with the entry-level V8 is the best buy. Testers thought the V6 was enjoyable, but it’s not as engaging as the other options. Though CR’s testers didn’t provide an in-depth review of the Hellcat models, the engine’s supercharger reportedly produces audible whines. The growl of the 485-liter V8, standard with the Charger Scat Pack, was also too deep for CR’s liking.
What else makes the Dodge Charger shine?
CR liked the V8-equipped Dodge Charger’s performance overall. Despite its wide-body design, testers felt confident making sudden turns and didn’t detect any excessive body lean. The brakes kicked in quickly, and the eight-speed automatic transmission provided accurate shifts.
And the 2021 Charger isn’t just quiet; it’s also attractive. Despite its unassuming appearance, it boasts upscale materials and plenty of padded surfaces. There are a few hard plastic components and some misaligned panels, but CR was still impressed overall.
The Dodge Charger also has plenty of space for each passenger to get comfortable. Both front seats feature lumbar adjustment, and there’s an available telescoping steering wheel. The seats also feature good bolstering, especially for the models with more aggressive V8 engines.
Backseat accommodations are equally generous, though CR cautions that the headroom for taller riders is slightly limited. The long center tunnel also encroaches on the middle seat passenger’s legroom. The Dodge Charger provides over 16 cubic feet of trunk space, plus a large hatch and folding rear seats.
All Chargers come standard with a Uconnect infotainment system, a highly user-friendly interface with crisp graphics. However, the smaller screen can’t always display text correctly due to the system’s large font sizes. CR recommends upgrading to the 8.4-inch touchscreen to fix this issue. It also comes with an easy-to-use navigation feature, plus lengthy free trials for certain music apps and satellite radio.
The 2021 Charger’s low points
Visibility is an issue for the Dodge Charger, which is a shame considering its fun handling. It’s hard to see through the side windows, and thick roof pillars only make this problem worse. Testers were also annoyed with the lift-up door handles because they don’t provide good grip, especially when wet.
Although Consumer Reports recommends V8-equipped Dodge Chargers, these models can’t be paired with AWD. Still, CR thinks these trims provide good value because of the extra tech features. It’s also the best of both worlds between a polite cruiser and a brawny muscle car.