Edmunds has recognized the 2018 Dodge Charger for its high projected resale value relative to other cars in its class, giving the car its “Best Retained Value Award” in the large car segment. Edmunds decides the awards by looking at the projected private-sale values of current new cars five years into the future.
That the 2018 Dodge Charger has the best projected private-party residual value in the large car class despite the model’s age is a testament to how well Fiat Chrysler’s product planners and engineers have been able to creatively repackage existing content to drive desirability. The SRT Hellcat brand, introduced for the 2015 model year, has already become iconic, and the new SRT Demon is well on its way.
The Dodge Charger was one of just two vehicles from an American manufacturer to win an Edmunds Best Retained Value Award for 2018, the other being the Cadillac Escalade. The list, available on Edmunds’ website, was otherwise dominated by Honda, Toyota (incl. Lexus), and Porsche, with the Audi A3, Subaru WRX, and Nissan NV Cargo each earning one award apiece for their respective manufacturers.
Dodge bills the 2018 Dodge Charger as “America’s only four-door muscle car,” and the sedan boasts the most potent normally-aspirated V8 available in an American pony/muscle car: the 485-horsepower, 475-lb-ft 6.4L Hemi V8, available in the Charger R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, and SRT 392. The Dodge Charger Hellcat’s supercharged, 707-horsepower 6.2L V8 is more powerful than the blown 6.2L LT4 in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Camaro ZL1, although Ford has a chance to knock the Hellcat off its throne with its next Shelby GT500 Mustang.
“This year’s [Best Retained Value Award] winners underscore a commitment to quality and reliability, and are good bets to hold their value over the course of ownership,” said Edmunds CEO Avi Steinlauf about the 2018 Dodge Charger and its fellow award-winners.
An all-new Dodge Charger, which will reportedly ride on a Maserati platform, is expected to arrive in 2021. Until then, the current-generation four-door muscle car will continue to offer a desirable mix of power and capability at an affordable price.