The 2019 Dodge Charger is the latest version of this classic, sporty sedan, and it builds on the previous 2018 model year. Overall, the 2018 and 2019 Chargers are fairly similar, although there are some adjustments to performance that make it worth opting for the more recent model year. There are also plenty of other minor updates for the latest model year that you may not catch at first but help keep things exciting.
As always, there are numerous ways to configure the 2019 Charger. In addition to six trim levels, you can pick from an all-wheel drive or a rear-wheel drive and one of the four engines, some of which are exclusive to certain trims.
The base engine for the 2019 Dodge Charger is a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 292 horsepower for the SXT trim or 300 horsepower on the SXT AWD and GT trims. The Charger R/T gets a 5.7-liter V8 with 370 horsepower while the R/T Scat Pack has a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V8. The SRT Hellcat delivers more power than you will likely ever use with 707 horsepower coming out of its 6.2-liter V8 with a supercharger.
Other Performance Features
Regardless of the engine you get on your 2019 Charger, it will work with an eight-speed automatic transmission. If you go with a V8 engine, you must stick to a rear-wheel drive while the V6s let you choose from a rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive. The two most powerful engines get a new standard feature for 2019: launch assist. This feature optimizes the drive settings to maximize straight-line acceleration when starting at a standstill. Also standard is a line-lock feature to help drivers heat the rear wheels when on a drag strip.
Depending on the configuration of your 2019 Dodge Charger, you will get plenty of additional performance-enhancing features. The R/T Scat Pack offers Bilstein adaptive shock absorbers, which are standard on the SRT Hellcat. That Hellcat now has an After-Run Chiller and Torque Reserve. The GT and R/T models also have their own enhancements, including a high-performance suspension, performance-tuned steering, wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and Bilstein shocks.
Compared to the previous model year, the exterior of the 2019 Dodge Charger gets a few enhancements depending on the trim you choose. Both the GT and the R/T have updated side sills and bumpers plus a new hood-mounted air intake. These trims now have the same side sills, spoiler, fascia, and performance hood as the higher trims. The R/T Scat Pack and the SRT Hellcat both get grille-embedded air intakes, and the Hellcat has a new hood intake that is more prominent.
In terms of features, the Dodge Performance Pages on the GT and R/T are standard and work with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen. These models also have 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels and performance-bolstered seats. For 2019, the Charger offers a cold weather package, which features a heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, and heated front seats. Or you can now opt for Houndstooth cloth performance seats on several trims.