2017 Dodge Charger Daytona Review: Family Muscle

– Detroit, Michigan

Big sedans have fallen well out of fashion. With more and more buyers opting for some kind of utility vehicle these days, sales numbers for standard four-door cars continue to drop. So, if you’re going to buck the trend towards SUVs, you’re probably going to need to bring something rather special to your sedan package.

One look at this Green Go Dodge Charger Daytona, big-wheeled and be-stickered in exceptional fashion, and you’ll see that it defies the sedan norm. A special edition, Hemi-motivated Charger is surely not for everyone, but if you think it might be for you, there’s really little else that rises to the level of competition.




Old-school size. The Charger offers a healthy 40 inches or so of rear-seat legroom, making this a performance sedan for the whole family. Compare the three-seat rear quarters to any sedans that may compete with the Charger, and you’ll find the Dodge to be a fair bit roomier.

Nothing else compares. It’s tough to find a real competitive set for the Charger Daytona today, and even the cars that kinda-sorta match up, don’t match up very well. The Ford Taurus SHO is ancient, down on power (365 horsepower vs. 370 hp), and more cramped for passengers. The Chevy SS costs more for its 35 extra horsepower, but even if you’re willing to trade off, it’s dead after this year. After those to American competitors you have to stretch to cars like the Genesis G80 or even the Alfa Romeo Giulia: neither particularly great matchups.