10 Great Dodge Cars to Buy Used
Buy a used one Dodge? Do we have some advice for you… Before that, did you know that the company was originally founded as the Dodge Brothers Company Machine Shop by, well, the Dodge Brothers, Horace Elgin and John Francis? At the time, they supplied parts and assemblies to Detroit automakers like Ford.
The Dodge brothers built their first automobiles in 1914, which means Dodge is older than Chrysler, its parent company. In January 1920 John died of the Spanish Flu and in December Horace died of cirrhosis of the liver. The company was sold to Dillon, Read & Co. in 1925, then in turn sold to Chrysler in 1928.
Dodge was known for making tough trucks, and today the Ram is a separate brand. Meanwhile, Dodge, along with all Chrysler brands, now call Stellantis home. If you’re looking for a used Dodge, here are the ones that make perfect sense.
ten 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona
The Dodge Charger Daytona nameplate returned for the fourth time in 2017 for its fans. It was competitively priced back then, but a mint condition 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona can be had for less than $35,000, and it’s worth every dollar.
You get a 5.7-liter gasoline V8 mated to an 8-speed automatic that produces 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. Owning a historic “Daytona” nameplate from Detroit’s trusty “Dodge” is a great performance bargain for this everyday price.
9 2004 Dodge Viper SRT-10
The Viper SRT-10 was the pinnacle of performance for Dodge and needs no introduction, so let’s get straight to the output numbers. It’s armed with a V10 mill that generates a staggering 650 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
When you drop those horses, it’s chaos, resulting in an insane 3.5-second zip from 0-60 MPH. Being an SRT-badged Dodge, it has always been expensive and has maintained its resale value to this day. A clean 2004 example will set you back around $50,000 on the used car bazaar, but it’s a bargain and you won’t be disappointed with this ultimate performance machine.
8 2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4
The Dodge Neon SRT-4 was a masterpiece because it was the product of DaimlerChrysler’s in-house PVO (Performance Vehicle Operations) division. It debuted in 2003 and the following year the PVO division became SRT (Street & Racing Technology). Under the hood, it features a 2.4-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
2004 models have larger fuel injectors for more power and produced 230 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. It propelled the speedster in a 5.3-second 0-60 MPH sprint to a top speed of 153 MPH. If you’re swayed by those numbers, you can get clear examples for around $26,000 these days.
7 2020 Dodge Charger R/T
The current generation Charger R/T is a favorite among used Dodge buyers. A low-mileage 2020 model with all the latest bells and whistles will set you back around $35,000.
It’s equipped with the same brutal 5.7-liter V8 that added to the brilliance of its other glorified sibling, the Daytona. Other equipment includes premium brakes, paddle shifters, 20-inch alloys and sport-tuned suspension for smooth flying. It’s an American legend, and you can own it without having to pay top dollar.
6 Dodge Dart 2016
The 2016 Dodge Dart makes sense when you’re looking for an affordable compact sedan armed with a tireless engine and packed with all the modern tech. It was the last year for the Dart before it was discontinued as Dodge wanted to focus on the growing crossover segment.
Clean examples are up for grabs for under $15,000, making them a bargain at the moment. This is a Limited version equipped with a 2.4-liter inline-4 that develops a spectacular 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque.
5 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT-8
Nicknamed the Dodge Magnum on ‘roids, the SRT-8 is an extreme speed machine. This boosted sports tourer received a muscular set of HEMI engines for spectacular performance. The 6.1-liter V8 puts out 425 horsepower and clocks a 0-60 MPH time of just 5.1 seconds on its way to peaks of 170 MPH.
However, as part of its restructuring plans, Dodge discontinued this magnum opus in 2008, more of a shame. There’s one up for grabs for around $27,000.
4 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT 392
The Dodge Challenger is one of the most sought after Dodge nameplates in the used car market due to its phenomenal performance. It’s the current-generation Dodge Challenger from the house of SRT that’s the hottest right now.
An 18,000-mile 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 is available for less than $40,000 and is a good buy for that price. This Challenger SRT 392 with race car features features a massive 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that produces 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque.
3 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT-4
Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology Group has produced many memorable gems for more than three decades since its inception in 1989. The Dodge Caliber SRT-4, known for its hot-driving prowess, is one of them.
The SRT-stamped Caliber features a 2.4-liter Turbocharged Global Gas Inline 4-cylinder engine developing 285 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The mighty powertrain is enough for a 5.9 second spin from 0-60 MPH towards a top speed of 155 MPH. You can get all that power for less than $15,000 today.
2 2014 Dodge Avenger
After a short-lived stint as a coupe, the Dodge Avenger nameplate resurfaced in 2008 as a fastback sedan, with 2014 being its final year of production. Today, sedans are not in demand, but this one comes highly recommended.
It has a powerful engine that offers great fuel economy, a comfortable interior with a good amount of technology, and is very cheap on used car lots. Selling for less than $10,000, this 2014 example has a 2.4-liter inline-4 mated to a 4-speed automatic and is an IIHS Top safety pick.
1 1948 Dodge Power Wagon
We’re talking about the early years of the Dodge Power Wagon here. Being a World War II truck, this American icon is best known for its outstanding performance in extreme situations. Beginning his journey in 1945, this ultra-masculine workaholic received a military education.
It was powered by a versatile 3.8-liter Flathead inline-6 that produced 94 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. These are the hottest things on the Collector’s Bazaar today and typically fetch six figures. One of these beauties is up for grabs at Hemmings for $92,800.
Source: CarGurus, TrueCar, Carfax, IIHS.org, Hemmings
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