What is the gas guzzler tax on a Hellcat?

I’ve been reading about the insane 2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, but I just noticed there’s an extra tax attached for its fuel efficiency? What is the gas guzzler tax?

Shannon Fitzgerald · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Your research speaks the truth—not only is the
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
one heck of a mouthful, but it’s got a heck of a gas guzzler tax on it, too.
The gas guzzler tax is an additional fee that applies to vehicles that aren’t good on gas. Here’s what you should know about it:
  • It originates from the Energy Tax Act of 1978, which is used to discourage drivers (and manufacturers) from buying (and producing) vehicles that aren’t fuel-efficient
  • The tax only applies to cars (not SUVs, pickups, or vans) with a fuel economy rating under 17.5 mpg
Because the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody only earned an EPA rating of 16 mpg in combined-cycle driving and a measly 13 mpg in the city, it is subject to the gas guzzler tax. In the United States, this comes to a $1,700 one-time fee, which
includes in its pricing.
Surprisingly, this is actually a step up from the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye, which came with a $2,100 gas-guzzler tax.
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