Dodge Chargers are synonymous with leather jackets, the color black, guitar riffs, and everything that is badass. That bad-boy reputation has been developed thanks to television and films that have used classic 1960’s Dodge Chargers as the vehicle of choice for action heroes and villains alike.


When the Charger name was resurrected in 2006 by Chrysler for their new 4-door family sedan, many muscle car enthusiasts were worried that the car’s rebellious mystique would be lost. Up until 2006, Dodge Chargers were exclusively only 2-door sports cars.


Interior of the 2015 Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger is synonymous with “badass,” but this sedan is still family-friendly. (Jesus Garcia/MUI Daily News)

Recently, we took the latest redesigned 2015 Dodge Charger R/T for a test drive to see if the Charger name was still living up to its infamous reputation.


Dodge offers the Charger in a variety of trim packages to fit the needs of anyone who wants to join the Mopar family. The Charger trim packages are as follows: SE, SXT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392, and the 707 horsepower SRT Hellcat.


The test car we drove was the mid-range performance R/T model, with the optional Plus interior package, priced at $36,785.


Walking up to the Charger can give anyone a thrill; the aggressive front-end invites you to hop in and go. Inside, we were surrounded by black and ruby red nappa sport leather with metallic accents, as part of the Plus interior package.The package also includes upgraded wheels, rear back-up camera, and more interior gadgets that aren’t standard. Hit the push button ignition, and the Charger greets you with a sinister grunt as it awaits your next command.


On the road, the car has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde persona that you control with your left foot. Drive it with ease, and the car is a silk puppy that is comfortable and quiet; put your foot down, and the car turns into a speed demon that doesn’t want to lose a race. The R/T trim package comes equipped with the legendary Hemi engine, pumping out 370 horsepower out of its 5.7 liter V8 and bolted to a torqueflite 8-speed automatic transmission.


Backseat interior of the 2015 Dodge Charger

The spacious interior and backseat gives speedsters enough room for the whole family. (Jesus Garcia/MUI Daily News)

You’d expect a car with this much power and weight to have as much grace as a bodybuilder. Thankfully, the Charger’s stability control system and performance suspension keeps the car between the ditches when you take corners aggressively.


The only drawback we found with the car was a fairly obvious one. This is a heavy V8 sedan with enough power to corrupt anyone into driving fast, so don’t expect the MPG’s to rival a Toyota Prius. The 5.7 Hemi equipped Charger is good for 16mpg in the city and 25 on highway for an average of 19 mpg.


The Dodge Charger R/T is a great car for a family who doesn’t want to sacrifice fun for leg room. The car seats five people comfortably and has enough trunk space for groceries or a baby stroller. You’ll never lose sight of it in a crowded parking lot because nothing on the road today looks like a Dodge Charger, the suburban rebel.


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