What You'll Like
The Dodge Charger is a full-size sedan, offering strong V6 and V8 engines, along with rear-wheel drive--or all-wheel drive for some models. Chrysler also claims that the all-wheel drive system that's available in the Charger is the most advanced system offered in its class, as it completely disconnects the front wheels. Styling itself is also a big part of the Charger's appeal, as it pairs retro-muscle-car cues with modern touches.
Also, the R/T and SRT8 models offer phenomenally good straight-line performance, with a drag-strip-worthy quarter-mile time in the high 12-second range, or zero to 60 in less than five seconds--yet with top speed at 175 mph and braking distance at just 120 feet from 60 mph, the SRT8 also chases supercars.
Base Charger SE models are value-priced at about the same money as front-wheel-drive V6 mid-size sedans, while Dodge boasts that the Charger R/T is the most affordable V8 sedan in America and the Charger SXT is most affordable full-size car with 20-inch wheels. Gas mileage isn't bad either, provided you go for the V6, which achieves up to 31 mpg on the highway with rear-wheel drive or 27 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Compare the 2013 Dodge Charger against similar models
What's New for 2013
For 2013, Charger V6 models with the Rallye Appearance Package and Blacktop Package get a new cold-air induction system that raises engine output to 300 horsepower. Separately, a new Sport Appearance Group for the SE model adds a rear spoiler plus 18-inch chromed alloy wheels and performance tires. On the high-performance SRT8 model, launch control has been made standard, and the available adaptive damping system now has three driver-selectable modes.
For the first time a Pitch Black painted-roof option as well as Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Copperhead Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat and Phantom Black Tri-Coat are all exterior colors added this year.
Audio offerings improve with the introduction of a new 'Beats by Dr. Dre' audio system that offers high-quality audio.