While Dodge may be a well-known American car brand, Dodge doesn’t have as many cars in Stellantis’ current lineup. On top of that, the Ram series of trucks were some of Dodge’s most successful vehicles, but they were eventually turned into their own company. As a result, Dodge currently only has three cars in its lineup, and only one of those Dodge models is recommended by Consumer Reports.
The two Dodge models not recommended
According to Consumer Reports, the Dodge Durango is a mediocre SUV. It has an overall score of 59 out of 100, which puts it in 12th place out of 14 SUVs in the segment. This Dodge SUV received pretty good scores in many areas. For example, it scored an 83 out of 100 on its road test and a 4 out of 5 for its predicted owner satisfaction rating.
However, what caused the Durango’s score to drop was its predicted reliability rating. The Durango doesn’t have a good track record for reliability, so Consumer Reports only gave it a 2 out of 5 for its predicted reliability rating. The Dodge Challenger is in a similar boat. Although the Challenger also received a 4 out of 5 for its predicted owner satisfaction rating, its predicted reliability rating was a poorer 3 out of 5.
Also, despite the Challenger being a muscle car, it only received 70 out of 100 in its road test. However, because the Challenger achieved more consistent scores across the board, it has an overall score of 63 out of 100, putting it in the middle of its segment and slightly ahead of the Durango.
The Dodge Charger is the brand’s only recommended model at this time.
That leaves the Dodge Charger, the only Dodge car recommended by Consumer Reports. The reason this is the case is simple. The Charger performed well in all categories. During its test drive, it obtained a score of 85 out of 100, the highest score of the three Dodge models. In terms of predicted owner satisfaction rating, it scored a 5 out of 5, which is also the highest of the three Dodge models.
In terms of reliability, the Charger scored a 4 out of 5, which is, again, the highest score of the three Dodge models. As such, it’s no surprise that Consumer Reports gave the Charger an overall rating of 80 out of 100 and a Recommended badge. Unfortunately for Charger fans, those high scores weren’t enough to save the car, as Dodge plans to phase out the legendary muscle car in 2024.
The Charger has fierce competition
This move by Dodge and Stellantis has been a long time coming. After all, the muscle car segment is not a huge segment and drivers have plenty of super muscle cars to choose from. For example, Ford is still making the Mustang, both as a more traditional muscle car and as a more futuristic electric vehicle. Chevrolet, meanwhile, has the Camaro.
Both muscle cars still perform well and for good reason. Although the Dodge Charger and Challenger have the most powerful engine options, they’re not the fastest muscle cars on the block. A high-end Ford Mustang, for example, has less power but will be able to accelerate faster than a Charger equipped with a Hellcat engine.
It’s even worse when it comes to price. The charger is quite expensive, as it starts at around $32,000. The Mustang is $5,000 cheaper to $27,000 and the Chevy Camaro is $7,000 cheaper to $25,000.
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