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Dodge Charger

Fiddling, fiddling, and more fiddling.

The Charger may look the same as it did two years ago, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t changed. Dodge stays busy and keeps improving the big sedan. It upgraded the Charger last year by resurrecting the SRT8 moniker and making its new eight-speed automatic transmission available in some V-6-powered Charger models. For 2013, changes are slight but present nonetheless. The still-fresh SRT8 model now comes standard with three-mode adaptive dampers and launch control. SXT and SXT Plus models with the Rallye Appearance Group or Blacktop Package get cold air intakes and exhaust systems that raise power output to 300 hp, eight more horses than the standard V-6 has. Those cars will be equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission as well as an upgraded stereo system that’s new for this year; an eight-inch subwoofer in the trunk packs the punch in the “Beats by Dr. Dre” ten-speaker system. The Charger is a vehicle that makes a statement both visually and dynamically. With a slew of new options added to an already long list of available options, good efficiency, great power, and a whole lot of emotion, this sedan should appeal across a broad spectrum of car buyers.

COMPETITORS

Chevrolet Impala

Chrysler 300

Ford Taurus

Hyundai Genesis

new for 2013

New “Beats by Dr. Dre” audio system and Pitch Black painted roof options now available. Latest paint colors for the Charger are: billet silver metallic, copperhead pearl, granite crystal pearl, jazz blue pearl, and phantom black tri-coat.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, knee, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard.

High Mileage

MPG

CITY 14–19

HWY 23–31

PRO

Available all-wheel drive

Available eight-speed automatic

Multiple powertrain options

CON

Big and heavy

Extroverted styling not for everyone

Base Price Range: $26,790–$45,990

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: SE, SXT, R/T, SXT Plus, R/T Plus, R/T Road & Track, R/T Max, SRT8 Super Bee, SRT8

BODY STYLE: Sedan, 5-passenger

ENGINES: 3.6L V-6, 292/300 hp, 260 lb-ft

5.7L V-8, 370 hp, 395 lb-ft

6.4L V-8, 470 hp, 470 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 5- or 8-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 104.7 cu ft

CARGO SPACE: 15.4 cu ft

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