2023 Dodge Charger: The one we’d buy

The Dodge Charger, as we’ve come to know and love it, will soon end production. It had a good run, debuting for the 2006 model year before getting a substantial facelift in 2011. But since then, Dodge has mostly relied on more power, more performance, and design tweaks to keep customers interested in the car.

That approach continues for the Charger’s final year in its current form. A “Last Call” collection of special edition 2023 Dodge Chargers is available, including the Super Bee, Swinger and King Daytona. These are available alongside the standard selection of V6, V8 and supercharged V8 models, plus the SRT Jailbreak version which came out in mid-2022 to give Charger buyers the ability to customize a factory-ordered model in a way that could push the price further up $100,000.

You don’t have to spend that much to get a Dodge Charger, of course. We recommend three that offer great value, impressive performance, or both. Check them out below.

The best of both worlds

If you’re looking for the 2023 Charger with a compelling mix of value, performance and visual appeal, get the Charger Scat Pack in standard or widebody style. Prices start just north of 50 grand, and the Scat Pack features a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that sends 485 horsepower to the rear wheels of the car.

We prefer the Charger Scat Pack Widebody for its more aggressive looks, but also because it comes with stickier tires, bigger brakes and an adaptive suspension that gives the driver a choice between a plush or sporty ride. Cloth seats are standard, but you can also choose premium leather with synthetic suede inserts. Plus, an optional 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system keeps the Charger entertained in more ways than just the rumble and rapid acceleration of the V8.

Equip a Charger Scat Pack Widebody with all the upgrades and you’ll need about $70,000 for your new muscle car.

The bargain hunter

2023 Dodge Charger GT AWD drifting through the snow on a winter day

If the Charger Scat package is too much, whether in terms of price or power, Dodge has an alternative that costs less, gets better gas mileage, and will likely save you money on insurance premiums. Even better, it’s still impressive in looks and offers an optional all-wheel-drive system for four-season driving.

The Charger GT is the version we’re talking about, and if you can’t resist adding options, you can park one in your driveway for less than 40 grand. It comes with a hood air scoop, 20-inch wheels, cloth seats with a houndstooth diamond pattern, and a 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine. Like all Chargers, the GT has rear-wheel drive as standard. The optional AWD isn’t cheap, adding about $3,000 to the price of the car, but if you live where Old Man Winter makes travel treacherous, it’s worth the cost.

What does a fully loaded Charger GT AWD cost? With every option box checked, you’re at about $50,000.

The breakthrough ballistic missile

2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona Last Call Special Edition with 807 horsepower

Charger buyers with thick wallets will want the SRT Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak (or the limited production King Daytona model based on it). With 807 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, this version of the Charger represents the ultimate muscle car.

To get a Charger Jailbreak you start with a bill of over $90,000, but it comes almost fully charged straight from the factory. There are only a few core options and packs to choose from, along with a long list of exterior upgrades. The Jailbreak offers a range of paint colors, stripe packages, wheel designs and finishes for the wheels, brake calipers and badging. You can also paint the bonnet, roof, rear spoiler and exhaust vents black if you prefer, and choose from four different colors of leather and seat belts and three trims for the dashboard, steering wheels and floor mats. A suede headlining is also available.

In addition to these exterior items, you can upgrade the SRT Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak with navigation, a Harman Kardon premium sound system with 19 speakers and an electric sunroof. Considering how few people will spend this kind of money on a new Charger, you’re almost guaranteed to build a one-of-a-kind version of the Jailbreak.

Or you can choose the King Daytona to secure a model of one of the 300 before the gas-powered charger goes into the sunset for good.

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