2013 Dodge Charger

Starting MSRP: $26,295

Estimated MPG: 19 city / 31 hwy

2013 Dodge Charger Review

The muscle car is reborn in the 2013 Dodge Charger. This car has it all, and delivers a ride that everyone will enjoy.

By Martin Davis
Last Updated 05/03/2016

The Charger has come a long way sincer the 1970s. For power, comfort and style, this smartly designed muscle will make you the envy of car lovers everywhere.

The 2013 Dodge Charger comes in seven trims that vary both in standard features and available upgrades. The array can seem dizzying, but is easily divided into three classes. The SE and SXT models, which come with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, and the R/T models, which come with the 5.7-liter V8 engine.

The base Charger SE is equipped with keyless entry with push-button ignition, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat and a Uconnect touch-screen multimedia center with a USB connection. 

Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front and rear seats, heated and cooled cup holders, leather upholstery, a power sunroof and all-wheel drive. You’ll also find optional driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.

Exterior

Exterior
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Strength. That’s the Dodge Charger in a nutshell. The Charger is mean and lean—low to the ground with a sleek, flat look that keeps the passenger cabin low to the body. In front, the grill is wide and high, suggesting an intake valve hungry for more energy. Moving back across the hood and down the side panels, the Charger avoids extraneous styling. Just a clean line to the rear bumper and accentuates the car’s muscular stance.

Interior

Interior
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If the exterior says muscle, the interior shouts racing. This big sedan is driver focused. Sitting in the driver’s seat and scanning left to right across the dash, you’ll see air conditioning vents, large speedometer and tachometer gauges and the 8.4-inch touch-screen display. Touch controls for the infotainment system and cruise control are mounted on the steering wheel.

Space abounds for driver and passengers. The front passenger will find plenty of head- and legroom. One downside is the driver’s limited view out the side and in the back.

In the back, three full-size adults can fit comfortably, though head space may be a bit tight and, for taller folks, knee room is somewhat limited.

Performance

Performance
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The Charger delivers plenty of performance. Its suspension system offers high-speed stability, and a smooth, quiet ride that is unparalleled in the class.

Of course, the car has plenty of punch. Whether you opt for the 292-horsepower V6 or the 370-horsepower V8, power under the hood isn’t going to be a problem. How efficiently the Charger’s gears shift, however, is quite another matter.

The standard five-speed automatic transmission is very disappointing. For a car that has so much going for it, one wonders why a transmission with more gears isn’t standard?

Fortunately, an eight-speed automatic transmission is available on the V6-powered Charger, which helps it deliver an EPA-estimated 19/31 mpg city/highway.

Technology

Technology
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From the large touch screen on the center dash to the SXT’s stereo components – which include Bluetooth capability, USB connectivity and satellite radio – the Charger is a virtual concert on wheels. Whether your tastes lean toward Beethoven, Blues, or Bachman Turner Overdrive, you’re going to enjoy your ride down the road.

If you aren’t using your iPhone for navigation, you’ll appreciate the Garmin navigation system that comes with the STX model. The larger touch screen means you won’t be squinting to see where the next exit is going to be.

Other goodies include rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming mirror and a rearview camera.

Safety

Safety
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The Charger scores high across the board in crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2013 Charger its top five-star rating for its overall performance in crash tests. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Charger its Top Safety Pick award.

The 2013 Charger comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front seat side air bags, a driver-side knee air bag, side curtain air bags and active front head restraints.

Optional driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts and forward collision warning.

Cost-Effectiveness

Cost-Effectiveness
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With all its positive attributes, you would think the 2013 Charger holds its value well. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you’re looking to buy), the Charger falls down a bit in this category. While base SE and SXT models start around $30,000 new, it’s not uncommon to see these cars selling used for less than $20,000.

Resale prices, like gas prices, can be a bit of head-scratcher. Normally, this sort of devaluation might scare buyers off, but we still think that the Charger is a solid choice within the segment.

Overall

Overall
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The 2013 Dodge Charger is the definition of a muscle car. If you are looking for performance, power and comfort, and you aren’t bothered by the less-than-stellar gas mileage, the Charger is a tough car to beat. Try and find a model with the available eight-speed transmission to compensate for the standard five-speed automatic, which we consider the Charger’s one real flaw.