Chrysler Group LLC kicked off its impressive product blitz more than a year and a half ago with impressive products from the Jeep and Ram Truck brands, but to be truly competitive with Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Honda, it needed to spice up its mainstream Dodge brand. Fortunately, this sporty brand received changes to six out of eight vehicles in its line-up for the 2011 model year including the completely redesigned Dodge Durango and Dodge Charger. Dodge recently let us test out the all-new Charger in the Motor City, and it was easy to see that this new car not only has the looks to match its historical name but also a much improved interior that finally allows the Charger to be competitive in its class.
Assembled in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, the 2011 Dodge Charger is on sale now at your local Dodge dealership with a starting MSRP of $25,395. For 2011, Dodge says that the Charger is available in three trim levels (SE, Rallye and R/T), but things get a little complicated with packaging to include two Rallye models and four R/T models. This test vehicle was not only the Charger R/T which starts at $30,395, it was the Charger R/T Max AWD loaded up with plenty of options and an as-tested price of $40,090. While this price may seem high, it is only about $100 more than the 2010 Charger R/T we reviewed last year with rear-wheel drive only and fewer technology and luxury options.