Dodge Means Performance: SRT Comes Back to the Fold

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With the Chrysler brand headed for mainstream battle against the likes of Ford, Hyundai, Honda and Chevrolet, the Dodge brand is about to take a much more specialized route: performance, and lots of it.

The bigger news: The SRT brand is being folded into Dodge, ending the confusion of whether it was something separate and apart. The focus on performance and the new directive not to compete with Chrysler brand means that some models will be discontinued, namely the Avenger midsize sedan and Grand Caravan minivan.

What Jeep's Future Looks Like

High-performance variants of the Dart and Journey are on tap, with high-output turbocharged engines; the SRT versions of the Challenger and Charger will get supercharged Hemi V-8 engines. Here's what to expect from the Dodge brand over the next five years:

By Aaron Bragman | May 6, 2014 | Comments (4)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Cars.com reviewer Kesley Mays' early peek at the 2015 Dodge Charger charged straight to No. 1 this week in its debut on our list of most-watched videos. Mays saw the new Charger last month at the 2014 New York International Auto Show and noted that extensive, Dart-like exterior revisions make this current-generation refresh look like a full redesign. Other newcomers to this week's roster included First Look videos featuring the 2015 Jeep Renegade, Subaru Outback and Nissan Murano. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Dodge Charger — First Look
2. 2015 Jeep Renegade — First Look
3. 2015 Subaru Outback — First Look
4. 2015 Acura TLX — First Look
5. 2015 Nissan Murano — First Look

By Matt Schmitz | May 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Charger Video

Although the 2015 Dodge Charger is just a revision of the current generation, its new look could be mistaken for a redesign. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays checked out the muscle car's debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, immediately taking note of the Dart-like front-end styling that largely abandons the Charger's retro look in favor of more streamlined curves and downsized rear end. A treat for buyers is a standard performance-data feature in the gauge cluster. Check out the video for more.

2015 Dodge Charger: First Look

By Matt Schmitz | April 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Video: 2015 Dodge Challenger, Charger in Motion

Any attempt to describe the visceral experience of hitting the gas in the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger would be words "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." The only way to truly appreciate the sound and fury is to plant your backside in the driver's seat. Until then, check out our video above of the pair rumbling and spitting exhaust about, and we'll just see if you don't get revved up for the real thing.

More 2014 New York Auto Show Coverage

By Matt Schmitz | April 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Charger: Up Close

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Dodge is a little surprised by who's buying the current Charger: The brand says more than half of Charger buyers are the coveted millennial generation, and a third don't even cross-shop any competitors before they buy one. For Charger buyers, the car isn't a family sedan. It's a style statement, with its aggressive lines, big engines and in-your-face attitude.

More 2014 New York Auto Show Coverage

When it came time to update the Charger and Challenger, Dodge decided to take a new route with the Charger. The Challenger is retro, and the 2015 model plays up that aspect; the new 2015 Charger is now more modern than the outgoing one, giving Dodge buyers a choice in how they want their performance — old school or latest thing.

By Aaron Bragman | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Charger Photo Gallery (29 Photos)

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The previous version of Dodge's large sedan wore some retro styling cues, evoking its heritage-based name. The 2015 Charger, by contrast, looks very, well, 2015 with fresh, modern styling that ties it to its smaller Dodge Dart sibling.

More 2014 New York Auto Show Coverage

Up front, a new grille, headlights, bumper and fog lights create a modern, aggressive look. In back, the previous version's square and muscular angles have been chopped in favor of smoother, more rounded edges. Dodge’s signature LED "racetrack" taillights return for 2015. 

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 17, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Dodge Charger: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis, Chevrolet SS, Chevrolet Impala

Looks like: Dodge Dart styling replaced retro-chic

Powertrains: Standard 292 hp, 3.6-liter V-6, optional 370-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8; eight-speed automatic; optional all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

It used to be that nearly every American brand had a big rear-wheel-drive V-8-powered sedan as its mainstream family car. Those days are gone, and of the dozens of choices only two remain and one of those is the Dodge Charger.

More 2014 New York Auto Show Coverage

It's the least-expensive full-size rear-wheel-drive sedan you can buy, but according to Dodge, that's not why the majority of its owners buy it - more than half of its buyers are young people, Millennials and Generation X-ers who cite the primary reason for buying a Charger as its style and powertrains. So for them, it's a sports car - cross-shopped most often with Dodge's own Challenger, believe it or not.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (16)

New 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger to Debut in New York

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There was little doubt Dodge would have to update its Challenger muscle car to compete in a world with an all-new Ford Mustang. But even we were a bit surprised to hear a new version of the four-door Charger would debut alongside the updated Challenger at next week's New York International Auto Show.

More Dodge Charger News

Chrysler released the images above (Charger) and below (Challenger) to announce the debuts. What they show is what looks to be a completely reworked front end for the Charger and an all-new gauge cluster for the Challenger along the lines of the digitally augmented gauges in other Dodge vehicles.

By David Thomas | April 8, 2014 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Dodge Charger

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Vehicles Affected: About 43,450 model-year 2011-2012 Dodge Charger sedans equipped with halogen headlamps.

The Problem: Jumper harnesses and other headlamp components could overheat. Chrysler said the recall is similar to a 2012 recall of police vehicles for the same issue. The automaker said it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the previous recall or the current one, and it learned of the latest issue through customer-service data.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace headlamp jumper harnesses and bulbs or headlamp assemblies for free. The automaker has not specified a timeframe for notification.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chrysler Extends Fuel-Tank Warranty on 2006 V-8 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Magnum

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Following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler will extend fuel-tank warranties on 153,817 V-8 cars from the 2006 model year. The extension applies 5.7- and 6.1-liter versions of the Chrysler 300 and its Dodge Charger sibling, plus the now-defunct Dodge Magnum wagon. Dodge, like Ram and Jeep, is one of Chrysler's brands. After receiving hundreds of reports that after refueling the V-8s in all three cars may stall at low speeds or when stopped, NHTSA opened the investigation. 

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The agency found that when you put in higher-ethanol gas, a malfunctioning shut-off float in the cars' 19-gallon fuel tanks could swell into a stuck-open position and allow fuel to enter what's called a "purge line," NHTSA said via the Detroit News. That, in turn, could make the cars stall shortly after you refuel. You can restart the car after it stalls, and NHTSA said the problem never represented a serious safety threat. Chrysler addressed the conditions with a new fuel shut-off valve that's more resistant to changing shape, spokesman Eric Mayne told us. NHTSA deemed the solution adequate, the Detroit News said. The agency closed the investigation today, and Chrysler said it will extend fuel-tank warranties on the vehicles involved to a lifetime provision.

Our friends at the Detroit News have more; read it here.

By Kelsey Mays | February 14, 2014 | Comments (39)

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