Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

Once a distinctive 2-door muscle car, the Dodge Charger still looks brawny, but is now a full-sized 4-door sedan. Redesigned to with retro nods to its original look, it is an affordable choice for drivers who want a car that looks like it would take off fast at stop lights. From the commute-friendly SE to the racetrack ready R/T Road & Track, you can find a Dodge Charger with features that are right for you. Start your search with the 2011 model year, when the Charger was totally redesigned, if you want a slew of new technologies.

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MODEL OVERVIEW

First produced back in 1966, the Dodge Charger is an iconic American automobile. The seventh generation of the Charger debuted in 2001. The sixth generation, produced from 2006 to 2010, comes in these trim designations: SE, SXT, R/T and Daytona R/T. For 2014, buyers can choose from 7 trim levels: SE, SXT, SXT Plus, R/T R/T Plus, R/T Road & Track, and R/T Max.

The base model, SE, includes a 3.6-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission or optional 8-speed. Other options include satellite radio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Bluetooth connectivity. The SE, like all models, includes a spacious cabin—with 41.8 inches of front leg room, 40.1 inches in the back, head room of 38.6 inches in the front, and 36.6 inches in the back. The 60/40 split folding rear seats provide extra space to haul extra gear when you don't have rear-seat passengers. 

The Charger SXT includes some upgrades like front/rear climate control system, heated front seats, humidity sensor, leather wrapped steering wheel, a universal garage door opener, fog lights, and keyless entry. The SXT Plus has options identical to that of the SXT but some interesting extras include a heated steering wheel and an adaptive cruise control with a forward-warning collision system. Also available is the Driver Confidence Group package which, as its title suggests, comes with upgrades for the detail-oriented driver like heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, driver settings memory, and a power steering wheel with both tilt and telescoping capabilities. 

The R/T variants include upgraded headlights, sport cloth bucket seats, heated and cooled front seats with suede inserts, blind-spot monitoring system, and heated and cooled cupholders. In addition the high-performance SRT Charger includes embroidered front seats, a rear spoiler and dual-zone climate control.

Needless to say, the Charger is a high-end performance car with lots of options for customization.  

SAFETY RATINGS

The Dodge Charger series includes standard safety and security features like brake assist, dual front side, knee, dual front, overhead, and occupant sensing airbags, perimeter lights, electronic stability, and anti-whiplash front head restrains.  It also received 5 out of 5 stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for Overall, Side Crash, and Rollover as well as ratings of “Good” for Side Impact, Rear Crash, and Roof Strength by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

Other standard features include front passenger seat belt alert, height-adjusting front shoulder belts, passenger assist handles, and tire pressure monitoring display.

NOTEWORTHY

J.D. Power ranked the Charger series “Among the Best” in Body & Interior Quality-Design, Overall Performance & Design, Performance, Comfort, Features & Instrument Panel, and Style.