Dodge Charger Review
The 2014 Dodge Charger ranks 8 out of 10 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Dodge Charger, as well as reliability and safety data.
While it’s not as roomy inside as other large cars, auto writers say that the 2014 Dodge Charger offers powerful engine choices and surprisingly nimble handling.
The Charger comes standard with a V6 engine that reviewers say delivers plenty of power. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard and an eight-speed automatic is optional. Test drivers strongly recommend choosing the eight-speed transmission, noting that it is more refined and helps the Charger achieve better fuel economy. The EPA reports that a V6 Charger with a five-speed automatic gets 18/27 mpg city/highway, while the V6 model with the eight-speed automatic 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 SRT produces even more power. Automotive journalists write that the Charger isn’t just a strong performer in a straight line, but that it has surprisingly nimble handling, with accurate steering and powerful brakes. Additionally, higher trims offer suspension, steering and brake upgrades that enhance the Charger’s handling prowess. In addition to composed handling, auto writers say that the Charger offers a comfortable ride.
Critics say that the Dodge Charger has an attractively-styled cabin that’s built with quality materials. Automotive journalists say that the front seats are roomy and comfortable. However, many note that the Charger’s sloping roofline means that there’s limited headroom in the rear seats. The Charger also has less trunk space than many rivals in the class. However, the Charger is available with tech features that reviewers say are particularly easy to use. The 2014 Dodge Charger comes standard with a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary jack, a USB port and a Uconnect infotainment system with a 4.3-inch touch-screen display. Options include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a sunroof, navigation, a backup camera, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring and an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen display.
- "Whereas the previous Charger was more about muscle than manners, the new one is remarkably refined and tech-savvy, yet it still has that edgy performance and attitude that made the old one so endearing." -- AutoTrader
- "You know the old saw about judging books by their covers? Well, we've got a new version: don't judge the 2014 Dodge Charger by its styling. Whether you love the Charger's cartoonishly muscular body or not, there's more to this full-size sedan than meets the eye. It may look like an adolescent boy's four-door fantasy, but the Charger is actually one of the best large sedans we've driven." -- Edmunds
- "Perhaps you're put off by the over-the-top, heavily-sculpted sedan styling. Perhaps your prudent side notes the resale value is not terrific. Perhaps you don't really need all that performance all the time. Don't panic: You have lots of other choices." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
Automotive journalists say the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala has balanced handling and an attractive, high-quality interior. Additionally, the Impala offers a larger trunk than the Charger.
The Chrysler 300 shares a lot in common with its Charger cousin, including the three engine choices that reviewers love so much. Additionally, test drivers say that the 300 has a high-quality interior and user-friendly tech features.
Details: 2014 Dodge Charger
The 2014 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. Four basic trim groups are offered: the SE trim, the SXT trims, the R/T trims and the high-performance SRT trims. The Dodge Charger was last redesigned for the 2011 model year and has received only minor updates since then. Since not much has changed for 2014, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2014 model years.
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