American Muscle is Alive and Well: 2019 Dodge Charger GT Review

In a world filled with foreign sports cars in every parking lot, an ever-increasing amount of crossovers on the road and heavy-duty SUVs roaming the highways, there only remains a faint glimmer of a dying breed, the classic American muscle car. We’re decades removed from the golden era of the muscle car, but in 2019 Dodge still carries on the brash tradition of American muscle with aplomb. The four-door Dodge Charger and two-door coupe Challenger mark some of the last remaining muscle cars of yesteryear (along with the Camaro and Mustang,) and Dodge is proud to hang its hat on their muscle car roots so much that those are the only two mass-production cars in its lineup.

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The Charger has largely gone unchanged since 2005 and who can blame Dodge for sticking with what works. In an automotive landscape that often borders on monotony at times when it comes to design, the one thing that you can’t say about the Charger is that it looks like anything else on the road today.

A wide, brolic stance coupled with an aggressive front-end and torque-inviting hood scoop tells you all you need to know about the Charger. It’s a performance car in every possible way, down to the mandatory rear spoiler and powerful rear-wheel-drive drivetrain. On the interior, the Charger is a no-frills, yet comfortable ride that doesn’t try to do too much.

Today, we’ll be talking about the 2019 Dodge Charger GT Plus model that we were lucky enough to secure for one of our valued customers.


Right off the bat, the 2019 Dodge Charger GT Plus that we reviewed immediately gives off a Stormtrooper-Esque vibe thanks to the brilliant White Knuckle paint finish. There’s some fantastic contrast going on as well, thanks to the optional Blacktop Appearance Group package, that gives you 20-inch black noise painted rims, black mirror caps, and spoiler, in addition to black badging on the rear of the vehicle. The Charger GT actually sits slightly longer than the base SXT model, adding two inches to the overall length of the vehicle, which is good news for back-seat passengers considering this is a sedan.

As we mentioned in the intro, the Charger screams 1000% American made thanks to sculpted sides and in-your-face front and rear bumpers. For a lack of a better term, the Charger looks mean. And not mean as in I’ll call you names and walk away type of mean. Mean as in, I’ll take your lunch money and stuff you in the trash. For those looking for just a little bit of attitude on the road, the Charger will provide that and then some without much worry.

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Under the hood is where the 2019 Dodge Charger GT really shines. The smooth and powerful 3.6L V6 engine pumps out a robust 300 hp at 260-pound-feet of torque, making for an exhilarating drive. It’s by no means the 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8-SRT Engine that comes standard on the Charger SRT Hellcat, but it certainly gets the job done when it comes to packing a fighting punch on the highway.

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Engine noise is noticeable and welcomed if we’re being honest since the roar of the V6 is a pretty sweet sound if we do say so ourselves.

Muscle cars aren’t exactly known for their handling, especially when they’re pushing 4,000 lbs, but the Charger certainly holds its own when it comes to that department. However, give too much gas to the rear wheels and get ready for some serious slip thanks to those aforementioned 260-pound feet of torque.

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Thanks to the GT Plus package, the Charger GT comes with a pretty nice bevy of useful and sought-after features. Blindspot sensors and rear cross-path detection alert headline safety options included in the Plus package, to go along with comfort features like leather-trimmed front and rear heated seats. You’ll also get front ventilated seats for those scorching hot summer days. Safe to say you can kiss that pesky sweaty back goodbye.

On top of that, standard tech features on the GT include the easy-to-use 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto connectivity, 4G LTE hotspot and integrated voice command via Bluetooth.

Sport settings can be accessed through the Uconnect system and can be adjusted to customize your driving experience. There’s also an option to activate the launch control feature, which is always a thrill when you’re peeling off from a stop. On your dash, you’ll also find hidden in the settings a performance gauge, which measures your 0-60 time, shift reaction time and top speed recorded.

Fuel Efficiency

Gas mileage ratings for the 2019 Dodge Charger GT are actually not as poor as you would think. Actually, they come as quite a surprise to most, as the V6 powered RWD system gets a decent 19 mpg city, 30 highway and 23 combined. Not bad at all considering the reputation these types of cars have when it comes to the performance/economy power struggle.

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Overall, the 2019 Dodge Charger GT is a powerful, uproariously fun throwback to muscle cars of the past, while still maintaining enough daily driver qualities to allow for comfortable commuting. If you’re interested in learning more about pricing or other trims of the 2019 Dodge Charger, don’t forget to use our online leasing engine, Ignite, to shop for a bunch of in-stock Chargers ready to go.

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