Dodge Charger Review
The 2013 Dodge Charger ranks 4 out of 7 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 17 published reviews and test drives of the Dodge Charger, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Test drivers say the 2013 Dodge Charger could use more back-seat space, but they like the Charger’s performance and intuitive tech features.
The 2013 Dodge Charger is available with three engine choices, and test drivers say that even the base V6 engine provides a pleasing amount of power. The base Charger comes with a five-speed automatic transmission, but most reviewers recommend the optional eight-speed automatic, saying that the V6 and eight-speed transmission provide a refined driving experience and good fuel economy. So equipped, the EPA reports that the 2013 Charger gets 19/31 mpg city/highway. A Hemi V8 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission come in Charger R/T models, while the high-performance Charger SRT8 produces even more power. Test drivers are generally more enthusiastic about the Charger’s handling than other cars in the class. They say that accurate steering and composed handling make the Charger fun to drive. However, one reviewer also says that the Charger’s ride is a bit firm.
Most reviewers agree that the 2013 Charger offers an attractively-designed cabin that’s built with soft-touch materials, though one test driver says that his test car still had a few cheap-looking plastics inside. The Charger is generally praised for its comfortable and spacious front seats, but more than one reviewer says that there’s not enough back-seat headroom for tall passengers. Additionally, one test driver says that the Charger’s small trunk opening may make it difficult to load bulky items. The 2013 Dodge Charger comes with standard features that include push-button start and a six-speaker stereo with a 4.3-inch touch-screen display and a USB port. Options include a navigation system that reviewers say is one of the most user-friendly on the market, as well as a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera and an upgraded stereo with Bluetooth and an 8.4-inch touch-screen display.
- "Vast passenger room, available all-wheel drive, and solid construction make the Dodge Charger a reasonable choice for buyers who need the room of a large car but don't want to give up power or performance in the process." -- Consumer Guide
- "In creating the 2013 Charger sedan, Dodge has found a way to give the average family the comfort, safety and room they need, while giving its owner a vehicle that is as attractive to show off as it is to drive." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "If you can live with the reduced power of the V-6, you end up with a nicely optioned, priced, head turning, and yes, surprising Detroit pony car." -- MarketWatch (2012)
- "The interior refinements and ride improvements allow the Charger to easily stand up to the Chevrolet Impala and Ford Taurus." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)
Other Cars to Consider
The Ford Taurus has a strong base engine and a balanced ride, just like the Charger. The Taurus is also available with all-wheel drive, and the high-performance Taurus SHO is nearly as powerful as the V8-powered Charger R/T.
If you like the Charger’s performance, but prefer a car with more elegant exterior styling, consider the Chrysler 300. The 300 costs a bit more than the Charger, but it also comes with more standard features, including leather upholstery and heated front seats.
Details: 2013 Dodge Charger
The 2013 Dodge Charger seats five and comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, five-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission and more powerful V8 engines are available on select trims. A total of nine models are available: SE (base), SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Road & Track, R/T Max, SRT8 Super Bee and SRT8. Each trim adds interior features, as well as some performance upgrades. For 2013, a new cold air induction system and a sport-tuned exhaust are included with the Blacktop Package and Rallye Appearance Group, which raise engine output to 300 horsepower in V6 models. Aside from that, the Charger is basically unchanged for 2013. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 through 2013.
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