Dodge Charger AWD

Winter is on its way. Are you shopping for an AWD (all-wheel-drive) sedan? The Dodge Charger offers the most advanced AWD system in its category.


Available with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with 18/27 mpg fuel economy – best in class AWD V6 highway fuel economy, or the 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine with 370 horsepower and Fuel Saver Technology. The Charger AWD package also features an active transfer case and class-exclusive front axle disconnect—the most technologically advanced AWD system in its class.


Sensing road conditions, Dodge Charger’s AWD system smoothly and seamlessly shifts between rear-wheel drive and AWD as needed—no driver intervention required.  When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy.


AWD can also be driver-selected by moving the shift lever into the AutoStick mode (+/-) or activating the windshield wipers for an extended period. Drive mode, RWD or AWD, is momentarily displayed in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center in the driver’s display.


It’s that enjoyable and easy.  AWD is offered in the Dodge Charger SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, and R/T Max. To build your own, go to



  • Dan
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    What really drives me nuts is that it can be a beautiful sunny day, dry as can be, but if the temp. dips below 40 degrees, my 2011 RT automatically goes into awd. Ridiculous.

    • Jimmy
      Posted December 21, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      If you go into your fuse box all you have to do is pull a 10 amp fuse & it turns awd off until you put the fuse back in.

  • Brian
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    As the owner of 2014 SXT+ AWD I completely agree with Dan’s comment. It is completely absurd to be driving at highway/ interstate speeds in AWD because an idiot box computer sensor notes the temp is below ~42. If the roads were bad I would not be driving at those speeds. Manually pulling a fuse, then having to reinsert it is not an appropriate solution. Dodge/Chrysler needs to address this issue. This issue causes and costs(literally) fuel economy all winter long.

  • Ron
    Posted March 15, 2015 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    My concern is with an issue the dealer cannot fix. When I am in AWD, the car ‘clunks’ occasionally. It does not happen when the car in in RWD. Does anyone know if the trick to force AWD mode (windshield wipers) works on a 2014 Charger R/T?

    • mike
      Posted March 16, 2015 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

      Never heard of any “windshield wiper” trick to force AWD, using the manual selection auto-stick does force AWD.

    • Randy
      Posted January 5, 2016 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      Turing on the windshield wipers or turning off traction control will force AWD

  • John
    Posted August 23, 2015 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Test drove an awd with the hemi engine.
    Car better than expected, although suspension seems a little soft, particularly when corning.
    Disappointed in very shot warranty, ie., 36k for engine and 60k for paint work.

  • psave
    Posted November 18, 2015 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    I just traded my 2014 AWD Charger R/T with 8000 miles. Last winter I had a flat on the front left. I put on the temporary spare. The temperature was below 38 degrees (F). I eill tell you that the AWD system doesn’t like that at all. Intermittently, the drive system would growl and JERK the steering wheel to the left for a bit and then return to normal. Dodge informed me that there is nothing that disengages the AWD under such circumstances. It is truly dangerous to drive that way. Dodge told me “do not pull any fuses ti circumvent the system”. I now drive a Ford which will disengage the AWD under any circumstances. They’ve supplied a car withe a smaller diameter spare tire than the road wheel and tell me that there is nothing they can do about my issue. I hung up the phone and immediatel bought my Ford AWD.

  • Posted December 8, 2015 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great ideas. There are definitely a lot of things for us to do

  • Randy
    Posted January 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I have a 2014 Charger RT AWD. I notice that going downhill at around 30 mph it downshifts, slowing the car while in AWD. This has always been irritating to me since it can’t be good for gas mileage. But, I was recently driving down a steep snowy hill, nearing a corner, it downshifted and broke traction causing loss of control. ABS, pumping breaks, nothing works because the transmission is keeping the tires slower than the car is moving.

    Is there anything that can be done about this?

  • Posted April 3, 2016 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I have a 2014 Dodge Charger RT AWD. When my car is in AWD the transmission clunks and or shudders when it down shifts. This never happens in RWD. Dodge dealer can not diagnose the problem. Drives me crazy. Anyone have an idea what is causing this?

  • James
    Posted June 14, 2016 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Does the eps/bas light have anything to do with the things you are discussing? How does EPS/BAS light play in the system? Some one said the AWD system switches from front wheel to rear to awd as needed byroad and driving conditions but you guys say only rear or awd.

  • Rick raygo
    Posted October 15, 2016 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    It sounds like people have no idea how mechanical stuff works anymore no wonder so many idiots buy foreign junk the transfer case has a chain in it to turn the front driveshaft that’s the sound people heard buy another Toyota and move to Japan you dumb asses I would never buy a foreign car or rat a dodge.

  • Jim
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Can I Just change front 2 tires on my 2011 RT MAX??

  • Mike
    Posted January 4, 2017 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    I have a 2014 v6 dodge durrango with 8 speed transmission that is awd. I cannot find for the life of me where in my dash it indicates whether or not im in RWD or AWD. I also cant seem to find what factors put my vehicle into AWD. Ive seen people say things like temp/wiper blades/using the paddle shifters, but not like an actual list. Does anyone know how to tell whether your in AWD or RWD and i what will cause the transition into AWD?

    • Love My Charger
      Posted March 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

      In your car menu on the dash, choose “car info”, then select thru the options and it’ll tell you what drive ur in

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  • michelle
    Posted March 15, 2017 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    i brought my 2006 dodge charger 3.5 v-6 sxt used some years backi know absolutly nothing about cars but my question is how can i find out if my transmission is a 4 speed or a 5 speed? Can someone please help me

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