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in 2011 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $16,538 - $24,559
Original MSRP: $25,395 - $32,545
MPG: 16 City / 25 Hwy
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2011 Dodge Charger Interior

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Reviewers are impressed with the interior on the new 2011 Dodge Charger, saying that the new model fixes many of the issues seen on earlier cars. Gone are the cheap, plastic surfaces that lined the interior of the old model. Now, the Charger gets more upscale materials, which include more fabric-covered pillars and aluminum trim on the dash. All Chargers also now benefit from improved interior tech, as a touch screen with USB/iPod connection is standard equipment. The Charger offers ample seating, especially for a muscle car, but some reviewers note that headroom is in short supply for taller rear seat occupants.

  • "Dodge also addressed our primary gripe with the previous Charger: its Chinese-car interior quality. Dashboard plastics now have leathery graining, seat fabrics have moved out of the econobox realm, and all the pillars are now covered in headliner fabric instead of plastic. Plus, there’s real aluminum trim on the dashboard, and soft surfaces welcome resting elbows." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Maybe the most shocking thing about our Charger R/T is how modern and ergonomic the interior feels." -- Edmunds 
  • “‘Sure, it’s a Charger, but like the Ford Taurus or Chevy Malibu, it comes well-equipped and seats five, dear.’ For the ace-in-the-hole: ‘The Charger has 15.4 cu. ft. of luggage space. The Camry has only 15.0 cu. ft. With the Dodge, we can fit more bags from Nordstrom!’ Hook. Line. Sinker." -- Road and Track 
  • "The 2011 model is all about color, quality and comfort. Soft touch panels can be found throughout the car and the front seats include noticeably larger side bolsters The new three-spoke steering wheel features a nice, thick rim and houses controls for the audio, cruise control, Bluetooth and the driver information center." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "While I wouldn't say the Charger's new interior surpasses the Ford Taurus' cabin, which is pretty good, it definitely matches it." -- Cars.com 
  • "Chrysler designers stressed the use of high-quality soft-touch materials throughout the new interior. The dash panel was seamless and panel gaps were tight. Looking out from the driver's seat, the new greenhouse also offers improved visibility." -- Autoblog 

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Seating 

Chargers in SE trim get standard cloth upholstery all around and a driver’s seat that’s six-way power adjustable as standard equipment. Upgrade to a Charger R/T, and those riding up front will benefit from heated seats with 12-way power adjustment for both driver and passenger. Heated rear seats are also an available option and are included in a number of option packages.

Reviewer opinion on the Charger’s seats is somewhat mixed. The automotive press generally agrees that the Charger’s interior is roomy, but many point out that there might not be enough headroom in the back for taller passengers. Up front, some note that it’s easy to find a good driving position, and that visibility in the re-styled Charger is improved. One reviewer commented that the Charger could benefit from more side bolstering to keep him in place.

  • "Finding a good driving position is easy, and we'd have no qualms about sticking with our tester's standard cloth upholstery." -- Edmunds 
  • "The Charger is not just any sedan, but a full-size one fully capable of carrying full-size adults with full-size femurs. It’s that big. Heck, an NBA player could sit comfortably in the back -- and with the front door fully open, it would take someone of that height to reach out and grab the handle." -- Road and Track 
  • "The 2011 Dodge Charger's spacious back seat can comfortably fit two adults, although the sloping rear roofline somewhat limits headroom for taller passengers.” -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The Charger's front bucket seats, which were finished in leather in our test car, are quite soft. They're a little too spongy for my tastes, and they didn't do much to keep me in place when cornering quickly; I easily slid over the limp side bolsters." -- Cars.com 
  • "Seating in back provides ample room for sub-six footers. Headroom, however, is compromised compared to sedans with squarer profiles, and rear seat riders will find their skulls directly under the back glass. On the plus side, there's enough width for three-across seating." -- Autoblog 

Interior Features

Inside, reviewers are generally pleased with the 2011 Dodge Charger. Cheap, hard plastic materials have been replaced with surfaces that are softer to the touch, and Charger SEs come with a 4.3-inch touch-screen interface to control entertainment functions. SE models also come standard with cruise control, push button start and a six-speaker stereo with a USB connection and auxiliary input. Choosing a V8-powered R/T model gets you all of the above and adds automatic dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and an Alpine stereo with a larger, 8.4-inch touch screen that features voice control and satellite radio.

Reviewers generally like the touch-screen interface inside the new Dodge Charger. The optional navigation system is powered by Garmin software, which means it is easy to use, although one reviewer states that the maps and graphics look cartoonish compared to other modern systems.

  • "The available navigation software comes from Garmin, and it will be immediately familiar to anyone who has ever used one of the company’s aftermarket nav units. It’s a smart move on Chrysler’s part to use such a familiar interface, but the graphics look cartoonish, as they’ve simply been scaled up from Garmin’s much smaller displays. A 4.3-inch touch screen without navigation functionality is standard equipment." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "There's an 8.4-inch touchscreen (optional on all trim levels) in the center of the soft-touch dash, and it's neatly integrated into the same bezel as the attractive gauge pack. The new steering wheel is a bit heavy on the buttons, but comfortable to grip at 9 and 3." -- Edmunds 
  • "The UConnect 8.4N radio features an enormous eight-inch touch screen with navigation supplied by Garmin. A simple and intuitive interface plus voice-activated controls for the phone, radio and Sirius Travel Link make this one of the best factory navigation systems we've tested." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The big LCD works as a clearinghouse for the Uconnect infotainment system. From this central location you can operate the navigation, audio system and your Bluetooth-equipped phone. The graphics are razor sharp and the human/machine interface proved intuitive." -- Autoblog 

Cargo

By muscle car standards, the Dodge Charger’s trunk space is generous at 15.4 cubic feet. However, if you’re shopping for an affordable large car, the Charger’s cargo capacity is easily beaten by competitors like the Ford Taurus.

  • "At 15.4 cubic feet, the trunk is on the small side for a large sedan. That said, 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks are standard for those times when you need more room." -- Edmunds 

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