One of the things that can lead car buyers away from muscle cars is the fear of poor resale value, as they are the kind of cars better known for road performance and good looks rather than reliability and the conscientious care of previous owners.
However, one car continues to stand out as an oddity among enthusiast vehicles. For the third year running, the Dodge Charger—America’s only four-door muscle car—has earned ALG’s Residual Value Award in the “Full-Size” category, ahead of the Toyota Avalon and Nissan Maxima.
ALG is the industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data. Each year, it analyzes nearly 2,500 vehicle trims to assess residual value and provide market industry insights. It has been publishing its results for all cars, trucks and SUVs sold in the United States for more than five decades.
To determine the winners in the Residual Value Awards, ALG carefully studies the competition in each segment, industry trends, historical vehicle performance, vehicle quality and production levels relative to demand and pricing.
ALG commended the 2017 Dodge Charger’s ability to delicately balance traditional sedan characteristics with those of muscle cars, including a wide range of powertrains and comfort features that also make it easy for customers to personalize their vehicles.
At the top of the line, the 2017 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat produces 707 horsepower out of a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V8, making it the fastest, quickest and most powerful sedan in the world. Yet with nearly 300 horsepower, the baseline 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is no slouch either and gets up to 30 mpg on the highway, according to EPA estimates. There are also various powertrains to choose in between that enables buyers to find the perfect compromise between power and economy.
According to ConsumerReports.com’s annual reliability survey, the reliability of modern vehicles has been negatively impacted across the industry by difficult-to-use and fickle infotainment systems.
The 2017 Dodge Charger, on the other hand, is notable for its high-tech Uconnect infotainment system with 8.4-inch display and premium navigation that is both easy to use and can be trusted to keep working like new even years down the line.
Similarly, because the 2017 Dodge Charger is designed with track use in mind, many of its parts—such as brakes and suspension—can be expected to be more durable than those found in competing vehicles like the Toyota Avalon or Nissan Altima, which are not meant to be driven energetically.
In addition, many aftermarket performance parts and accessories are available directly from Dodge without voiding the warranty, which further helps the Charger retain its value.
Ultimately, customers seeking an advanced and comfortable full-size family sedan that retains its value better than any other in the industry, and one that can double as an energetic muscle car, should look no further than the 2017 Dodge Charger.
This article is presented by Colonial Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Hudson in Hudson, Massachusetts.