2017 Dodge Charger Release Date, Review and Info

Muscular, bold, and loaded with a rich heritage, the fresh 2017 Dodge Charger promises to be the ultimate choice for anyone searching for a spacious full-size sedan and more.

Several of its highlights include an excellent touchscreen interface, hugely potent V8 engines, smooth and supple ride, an available AWD system, and an upscale interior. Its release date should be expected during the 1st Q of 2016.

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New add-ons for 2017 include a track-tuned performance, a new Super Track Pak, HD radio, leather upholstery, and upgraded suspension tuning. Anyone who has or is looking for a large sedan that offers exemplary attitude, luxury and performance should look no more as the Charger comes chock full of appealing luxury, convenience, entertainment, and comfort items.

For 2017, the Charger still employs its rear wheel drive system in comparison to most of its rivals which offer a front wheel drive.

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Also, the sedan happens to be the only vehicle that offers a V8 within its price range. Add to the plenty of fun options, brash styling, and the notorious 707 hp Hellcat and you easily get yourself a perfect, all-rounded sedan.

Despite a lot of attention being drawn to the loud, high-performance Charger models, the Charger also offers some bruising acts and can try a contest with the best of them. A quiet cabin, American standard sedan character, and an absorbent ride is what you get for the V6-powered SXT or SE models.

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There is also plenty of room left for customization in case you want a a track-ready performance version or a comfort-oriented Charger. So much can be said about the Charger but it goes without saying that the segment offers a plethora of alternatives. Some of them include the 2017 Toyota Avalon, 2017 Chevrolet Impala, 2017 Chrysler 300, and 2017 Kia Cadenza.

Available Trims – Dodge Charger

The new 2017 Charger comes in a dizzying seven trims: base SE, SXT, R/T, R/T Road & Track, R/T Scat Pack, and the range-topping SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat trims. The rear-wheel-drive is standard for all trims except the SXT and SE trims that come with an optional AWD.

Exterior Pictures & Interior Concept – 2017 Dodge Charger

Starting off the trim lineup is the SE model that comes equipped with a 5” touchscreen interface, automatic headlights, 17” alloy wheels, a six-speaker sound system, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, manual air-conditioning, auxiliary audio input, keyless entry and ignition, dual-charge USB ports, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and larger brakes.

2017 Dodge Charger interior, gear shift knob and leather seats

Moving to the SXT gets you an eight-way power lumbar adjustment, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8.4” touchscreen interface, 18” wheels, satellite and HD radio, automatic climate control (dual-zone), remote ignition, satellite and HD radio, smartphone app integration, and LED foglights.

Opting for the SXT trim gets you xenon headlights, heated rear seats, rear parking sensors, 20” wheels, lane departure warning system, automatic high-beam control, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, a power front passenger seat, LED interior lighting, lane-keeping assist, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and adaptive cruise control.

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Choosing the R/T trim gets you adaptive xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, a launch control, driver memory settings, synthetic-suede upholstery, three-mode stability control, heated rear seats, rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, and Performance Pages.

The SRT 392 trim comes equipped with an active exhaust system, upgraded suspension tuning, Brembo brakes, HD radio, adaptive shock absorbers, and xenon headlights.

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At the top of the food chain is the SRT Hellcat that comes equipped with keyless remote, a powerful supercharged 6.2L V8, a blinds-spot monitoring, and a full-power key fob.

2017 Dodge Charger Engine Specs

The SE and the SXT come with a 3.6L V6 engine good for 292 hp and 260 pounds of torque. Also, the optional Rallye Group available as an option to all the 2017 Dodge Charger boosts the engine’s output to 300 hp and 264 lbs. of torque.

2017 Dodge Charger engine

Getting a 5.7L V8 engine rated at 370 horsepower and 395 lbs. of torque are both the R/T and R/T Road and Track trims. .

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Finally, the SRT Hellcat, a higher performance version, comes equipped with a 6.2L V8 engine rated at staggering 707 horsepower and 650 lbs. of torque.

Price & 2017 Dodge Charger Release Date

Its release date should be expected during the 1st Q of next year. As for the price, expect the 2017 Dodge Charger 392 coupe to cost you an MSRP starting from $50,995, the Hellcat – $65,945, and the sedan – $27,995.

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2017 Dodge Viper Release Date and Specs

If you have insatiable appetite for unbridled performance and power, tenacious handling, an unfiltered and unapologetic sports car, excellent infotainment interface, and a ludicrous V10 power, the new 2017 Dodge Viper could very well be the sports car for you. However, it falls short in terms of convenience, refinement, and comfort. Its date of release, although still speculative at the time of this writing, should be expected in September 2017.

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While the segment has evolved to become competitive and modern due to the exponential number of new vehicles coming in, the Viper has managed to be brush, loud, rough, and challenging to drive just as fans love it. It is a vehicle that is meant for people who have a vicious appetite for raw performance, but taxing for everyone else.

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Under the hood of the Viper is a V10 engine behemoth that generates a humongous 645 horsepower. For starters, it can be quite frightening with its furious roar when pushed long and hard. In the hands of gifted drivers, it can quite delightful and can achieve very high handling limits, but fear-provoking for the uninitiated.

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So much effort has been dedicated by Dodge to make the Viper a high-performance vehicle, but in the process several aspects like convenience, comfort, and performance have suffered. In all fairness, the viper isn’t comfortable to drive for long distances and can be quite punishing. And the problem is further propagated by the track-centric ACR Coupe model.

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While owning a viper can quite a big commitment to take, there are many rivals in the market that can offer far lesser drawbacks and plenty of comfort without jeopardizing their performance aspects. One of our top recommendations that also proudly waves the American supercar banner is the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 model.

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Others include the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 which has been causing some jitters in the market. The 2017 Porsche 911, and the 2017 Nissan GT-R are also intriguing alternatives worth taking a look at. There are a few differences when you compare the ACR vs. Corvette ZR1, but chief among them is the price difference.

Available Trims – Dodge Viper

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Five trims are available for the 2017 Dodge Viper: SRT, GT, GTC, GTS, and ACR. The 2017 Dodge Viper Convertible is reviewed separately.

Interior News & Exterior ACR Review – 2017 Dodge Viper

The SRT’s list of standard features includes power adjustable pedals, keyless entry and ignition, 18” front and 19” rear wheels, a navigation system, a tilt-only leather wrapped steering wheel, an 8.4” touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, satellite and HD radio, 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, faux suede inserts, and SRT performance apps.

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the GT upgrades things with leather-trimmed seats, five-mode stability control system, a six-way power driver seat, a taller 6th gear ratio, a racier hood, an 18-speaker premium Harman Kardon audio system, premium leather upholstery, and upgraded brake rotors. The GTC adds a premium leather trim, and unique gunmetal interior treatments, while the GTS gets upgraded premium audio system, and 19” front wheels.

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The performance-themed ACR weight is substantially reduced by using less manual adjustable seats, less sound insulation, minimal three-speaker stereo, lighter-weight carpeting, and less sound insulation. In return, the ACR gains more aggressive summer performance tires, manually-adjustable spring rates, adjustable damper settings, a stiffer suspension, carbon ceramic brake rotors, carbon-fiber aerodynamic elements, and six-piston brake calipers.

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Some premium features available on top-rated models are also available for the lower trims as options. They include more aggressive aerodynamic tweaks, a carbon rear diffuser, an adjustable rear wing, and numerous carbon-fiber interior and exterior treatments.

2017 Dodge Viper Engine Specs

Under the hood of every 2017 Dodge Viper model is a gigantic 8.4L supercharged V10 engine rated at 645 hp and 600 lbs. ft. of torque. This power is transferred to the rear wheels via the six-speed manual transmission system.

2017 Dodge Viper powertrain

A time of 3.6 seconds is what you require to accelerate the Viper ACR from 0-60 mph, and about 11 seconds for ¼ mile sprint, according to Dodge.

2017 Dodge Viper engine

It returns 12/21/15 mpg in the city/highway/combined. Also, Dodge claims the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR achieves an eye-popping top speed of 177 mph.

ACR Price & Release Date – 2017 Dodge Viper

According to various sources, the ACR goes for sale in September 2017. As for price, expect a base MSRP of $87,895.

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2017 Dodge Journey Release Date, Review, News

With an available third-row seat and a V6 engine, the new 2017 Dodge Journey might be a descent pick for anyone on a tight budget. However, you might be tempted to go for other alternatives as the Journey falls short of modern offerings. Its release date should be expected in the 1st Q of 2016.

Some of the highlights defining the new 2017 Dodge Journey include a budget friendly MSRP, a seating capacity of up to seven individuals, a smart touchscreen interface, and a useful interior storage solution. For 2017, the Journey returns virtually unchanged.

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If you share the same reasoning as us, you might also be wondering why the Journey is still on sale.

Except for the significant redesigned that was witnessed in 2011, the Journey has been almost the same ever since it debuted seven years ago. During this period, its competitors have not spared any time in constant redesigns and makeovers in order to remain competitive in the fiercely fought-over segment.

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Nevertheless, the Journey still has some attributes left to its name much to its credit. Admittedly, it provides a quiet ride, supportive seats, and a smooth ride even on some of the toughest roads and, undoubtedly, offers an appealing ride on long trips. Also, it comes with a very soothing price tag, and if running on a tight budget, the Journey should be at the top of your shopping list.

Unfortunately, some greying has started showing up, which might just work against it. Some of the downsides include a mediocre handling ability, lack of upscale safety technologies, a below-average fuel economy rating, and a weak acceleration.

Available Trims – Dodge Journey

The 2017 Dodge Journey is available in five trims: SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus, and the top-of-the-line R/T trim.

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Exterior Review & Interior Concept – 2017 Dodge Journey

The new 2017 Dodge Journey, available in five-and seven-passenger seating configurations list of features and technologies is outlined below.

The base SE comes standard with cruise control, tinted rear seats, 17” wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, keyless entry, manual climate control (dual-zone), a relining and sliding second-row seat, an USB port, CD player, keyless ignition, and a six-speaker sound system.

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Optional features for the SE include the manual climate control (tri-zone), a 50/50-split third row seat, and LED running lights, which come bundled in the Flexible Seating package.

Springing for the SXT gets you an automatic climate control (dual-zone), LED taillights, 17” alloy wheels, floor mats, body-colored exterior mirrors, unique front fascia. And foglights.

Next up is the Crossroad trim that gets you a satellite radio, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome exterior wheel, 19” wheels, a cargo net, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

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Opting for the Crossroad Plus trim gets you a four-way power lumbar, an in-dash DVD player, a leather upholstery, automatic climate control (tri-zone), a fold-flat front passenger seat, an 8.4” touchscreen interface, and cloth inserts.

The top-of-the-trim R/T comes standard with unique 19” wheels, a premium audio system, automatic headlights, a sport-tuned suspension system, monochrome exterior treatment, steering wheel calibration, a 115-V power outlet, perforated leather upholstery, and dual exhaust tips.

2017 Dodge Journey interior, lcd screen and steering wheel

Features available on the top trims are also provided for the lower trims as options. They include a rearview camera, an 8.4” touchscreen interface, a rear seat entertainment system, and gloss-black 19” wheels, rear parking cameras, and a second-row child bolster seats.

Engine Specs – 2017 Dodge Journey

Powering the 2017 Dodge Journey SE, SXT, Crossroad, and Crossroad Plus is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 173 hp and 166 pounds of torque. Both the four-speed transmission system and the front-wheel-drive are default systems.
Its EPA ratings are estimated at 19/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Also, a 3.6L V6 engine rated at 283 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque is available as an option for the SE, SXT, Crossroad, and Crossroad Plus trims. The front-wheel drive is standard, as is the six-speed automatic.

2017 Dodge Journey engine

During our 2017 Dodge Journey test drive, we recorded an acceleration of 7.8 seconds for a sprint of 0-60 mph.

The V6-powered engine’s fuel economy ratings stand at 17/25/19 mpg with the FWD, and 16/24/19 mpg with an AWD.

Price & 2017 Dodge Journey Release Date

The new 2017 Dodge Journey should cost you an MSRP starting from $20,995. As for the release date, expect the vehicle to hit dealerships during the 1st Q of 2016.

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