The Best Affordable Full-Size Car Is Also Fun To Drive

Amanda Lien
Jan 19, 2022 · 3 min read
CNET has named their best affordable full-size car…and it’s a car everyone is sure to love: the Dodge Charger. Sure, full-size sedans are on their way out, but the 2021 Dodge Charger is not only a cool option, but an affordable one that can withstand the test of time.
Curious? We were too, so we did some research. This is why CNET named the Dodge Charger the best affordable full-size car.
A white 2021 Dodge Charger on display.
The 2021 Dodge Charger has a lot going for it.

The 2021 Dodge Charger offers unmatched size and comfort

There are five year’s worth of Dodge Chargers on the market right now, and they’ve endured for a reason: they’re great cars. But out of all of them, CNET singled out the 2021 Dodge Charger as the best affordable full-size car.
With a retail price that barely crosses the $30,000 mark–with an added cost if you prefer four-wheel drive–the deal is likely already sealed for many car buyers. It’s the perks that really push it over the top.
The biggest and best aspect of the 2021 Dodge Charger is the space. For a mid-sized vehicle, it’s surprisingly roomy, and the seats are about as comfortable as you can get. If you’re looking for a family car, this one delivers great accommodations and a spacious trunk to boot.
You’ll also be able to enjoy a comfortable ride. The suspension absorbs bumps and potholes very effectively, and the ride motions are very controlled and gradual, which feels steady and relaxed on the road.

The Dodge Charger is simply fun to drive

Whether you get a 2021 Dodge Charger with the V6 engine or the V8 engine, you can enjoy the thrust and sound of the engine. Don’t deny it, we love it too. With an estimated 20 miles per gallon on some trims, you don’t even have to feel guilty!
However, keep your eyes on the road as you zoom through the streets. The 2021 Charger’s silhouette is not unlike a coupe, which does cut in on rear and side visibility. However, that coupe-like look does add a cool factor to the car that we can’t let go unnoticed. 

Fan favorites

CNET writes that, while the 2021 Dodge Charger isn’t the most tech-focused vehicle on the planet, it comes with their favorite: the Stellantis Uconnect infotainment system.
The larger touch screen is very easy to use and offers a comprehensive list of apps and connectivity options, and there’s a generous trial period after you purchase it if you buy a new vehicle. And the navigation system is a simple Garmin interface, which feels familiar and sleek.
If you’re interested, there are some special editions on the market like the 485-hp Scat Pack and 797-hp Hellcat Redeye, both of which boost the vehicle’s performance. Consumer Reports feels the Scat Pack is a bargain, while they feel the Hellcat is a bit over the top, but if you’re committed enough, we’re not going to stop you.
Ultimately, we think CNET made the right call naming the 2021 Dodge Charger the best affordable full-size car on the market. It’s a dream to drive, looks great on the road, and boasts a V8 engine and a refreshingly-simple infotainment center interface. What else could you want?

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