By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.1
In creating the 2013 Charger sedan, Dodge has found a way to give the average family the comfort, safety and room they need, while giving its owner a vehicle that is as attractive to show off as it is to drive. Despite having four doors, the Charger's styling is decidedly coupe-like, with a rakish rear roofline, deep scallops on the doors and a single-bar taillight reminiscent of the original Charger. Unlike its forefather, however, today's Charger is filled with modern touches, such as a potent yet fuel-efficient V6 engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission and the very latest in touch-screen navigation and entertainment technology. Toss in the Charger's available all-wheel drive (AWD) and high-performance SRT8 version, and you'll find a Charger to fit just about any need.
If a snarling V8 and razor-sharp handling seem like they'd conflict with your need for a safe, roomy and affordable family sedan, the 2013 Dodge Charger is ready to prove you wrong. Even with the 292-horsepower V6, the Charger is one mean machine and carries a price that won't break the budget.
Some may find the Charger's styling a bit too boy-racer, and its resale record is not as stellar as more mainstream sedans from Toyota and Honda. If you're looking for the same muscle in a more sophisticated sedan, the Chrysler 300 might make a better choice.
A cold-air induction system and sport-tuned exhaust bump the V6's horsepower to 300 on specially-outfitted SXT and SXT Plus trims. A new black-painted roof option is offered, as is an improved Rallye Appearance Package. The Charger SRT8 receives a revised adaptive dampening suspension and standard launch control.
Driving Impressions While you might think a 3.6-liter V6 engine wouldn't produce much adrenaline, a few minutes behind the wheel of the 2013 Dodge Charger will prove you wrong, far wrong. When...coupled to the new 8-speed automatic transmission, not only is the Charger fast, it is also extremely fuel-efficient. The Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 is one of the best V6 engines ever built by Dodge, and its smooth operation and slight growl when pushed hard make it the perfect fit to the Charger's muscle-car image. The 8-speed automatic delivers smooth shifts, aided on sportier trims by the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Though it qualifies as a full-size sedan, the 2013 Dodge Charger's suspension does an admirable job of handling aggressive driving, with excellent steering response and a decent but somewhat firm ride. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 offers even more thrills, but the ultimate Charger is the 470-horsepower SRT8.
The UConnect radio features an enormous 8.4-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.
SUPER TRACK PAK
This optional R/T package turns the Charger into a track-ready player, adding P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 summer tires, 20-inch wheels, high-performance monotube shock absorbers, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, performance brake linings, performance steering and 3-mode electronic stability control (ESC).
The 2013 Charger sedan has one of the nicest interiors Dodge builds, with quality soft-touch materials, vivid colors and stylish instrument-panel backlighting. The Charger's front seats are equipped with noticeably large side bolsters and its thick-grip 3-spoke steering wheel includes controls for the audio, Bluetooth, cruise control and the driver-information center. The Charger's spacious back seat can comfortably fit two adults, although the slanted rear roofline somewhat limits headroom for taller passengers. A worthwhile option is the 8.4-inch touch-screen navigation radio that includes GPS maps by Garmin and controls for the UConnect infotainment system.Exterior
In the 2013 Charger, Dodge clearly is paying homage to the classic lines comprising the original 1968 Charger coupe. It's a successful blending of old and new, with the front doors and hood sharing deep scallop styling and a "Coke-bottle" beltline running the car's length. In another nod to the Charger's past, a single-unit taillight fills the entire rear fascia and is fitted with 164 illuminated LED lights that form a racetrack motif. V6 models come with standard 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, while the R/T trim has 18-inch chrome-clad wheels and the all-wheel-drive R/T boasts 19-inchers.
The 2013 Dodge Charger SE features a 3.6-liter V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, cruise control, keyless Enter-N-Go, remote start, 6-speaker audio with 4.3-inch touch-screen, AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, USB with iPod control and auxiliary audio input jacks, 6-way power driver's seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and 17-inch wheels. The SXT adds an 8-speed automatic transmission, foglights, 8.4-inch UConnect touch-screen with a 276-watt Alpine audio system, automatic temperature control, steering-wheel-mounted buttons for cruise and audio and 12-way power front seats with power lumbar support. The R/T trims add 18- or 19-inch wheels, a 370-horsepower HEMI V8, a 5-speed automatic transmission, HID headlights and a performance transmission.
The 2013 Dodge Charger SE offers an improved Blacktop package that adds blacked-out trim, a performance suspension, rear spoiler and Pitch-Black 20-inch wheels. Also included in the Blacktop package are UConnect audio with 8.4-inch touch-screen, the Beats audio system and a 300-horsepower V6. Hard-core enthusiasts will want to opt for the R/T's Road/Track package that adds a performance-oriented 3.06:1 axle ratio, supportive front seats with suede inserts and blackout honeycomb grille. Other popular options include a power sunroof, Adaptive Cruise Control, Garmin navigation, leather seating, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel and AWD. R/T Max and Road/Track trims add 20 inch-wheels.
The 2013 Dodge Charger sedan is powered by a choice of three engines. The entry-level SE and SXT feature the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6. This engine produces an impressive 292 horsepower (300 with Rallye Package), yet is still EPA-rated at 31 mpg on the highway. The Charger's 5.7-liter HEMI V8 has been tweaked to produce 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque, more than enough to propel this big muscle car from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds. The HEMI engine also features a fuel-saving mechanism that deactivates four of the eight cylinders when cruising under a light load. The SRT8 features a 6.4-liter HEMI good for 470 horsepower. All three engines are coupled to a 5-speed AutoStick automatic transmission with manual shift mode, with the ZF 8-speed automatic available on the SE and standard on the SXT trims.
3.6-liter V6 (SE, SXT)
292 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (manual), 13/19 mpg (manual, E-85), 19/31 mpg (automatic), 14/23 mpg (automatic, E-85), 18/27 mpg (AWD), 14/20 mpg (AWD, E-85)
3.6-liter V6 (SXT with Rallye and Blackout package)
300 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
264 lb-ft or torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/31 mpg (RWD), 18/27 mpg (AWD)
5.7-liter HEMI V8
370 horsepower @ 5,250 rpm
395 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 mpg (FWD), 15/23 mpg (AWD)
6.4-liter HEMI V8
470 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
470 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/23 mpg
By Nebraska on Monday, January 05, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun car, Economical and Comfortable. Nice interior"
Cons: "All Wheel Drive costs more, but worth it in snow."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I average 27mpg or more with a very smooth and powerful V6 with 300 horsepower. This car rides very smooth and handles like a sports car. I really enjoy the comfort and handling of this car. 2014 SXT All Wheel Drive. Snow will not keep this car in the garage. Even on very windy days, this car cuts through the wind and the interior is quiet. Dodge did good on the Charger!"
8 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Steve B on Sunday, December 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Look, fun to drive, comfortable and quiet!"
Cons: "none that I can think of"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Purchased a 2013 SXT Plus AWD in June of 2014 and have put on 10500 miles so far, just took a trip to SW Florida with 2600 miles of highway and another 1000 driving locally for 2 weeks and from driveway to driveway my average MPG was 28.4. I am very impressed by the gas mileage in such a big heavy car!! Very comfy for a long trip and the beats audio is top of the line!!!! I have always owned GM cars 26 of them or so in my 30 years of driving, this was the first non-gm and not sorry I switched! Not sure why the "critics" talk bad I could not be happier!!! Go take a look at Dodge and you may find yourself driving one!!"
24 people out of 41 found this review helpful
By Jc0n1 on Monday, November 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Power, Looks, Technology, Size, Comfort, Warranty"
Cons: "I didn't get it sooner..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Best value for the dollar. Owned it since day 1 with 10 miles. Now with 28,533 miles, I still love it and catch myself looking back at it every time I walk away. My Road and Track is Black on Black on Black - Wheels, interior, exterior. The Beats audio system is awesome but I added two 12" subs in the truck and now you can really feel the bass! I love driving this car and can't be beat for road trips. You can take four adults in full comfort and truck full of luggage. Get on the gas and you'll pass up big rigs with no problem, but look out for coyotes, they like to sneak up on you and cross the freeway, specially at night! I average 17mpg around town, 20mpg fwy and up to 22.3 mpg on road trips. I have a Hemi engine and I drive like it. I enjoy listening to the sound it produces as it passing slow Prius' and the like. No regrets here. Upgrade the intake and exhaust, like I did, and you will love it even more. I was never a Mopar guy til now. Nissan who? Just kidding, I still miss my Nissan truck but I would not trade back for this Charger. I plan to pay this one off and adding a Ram to my fleet!! :D #murica #mopar #Dodge"
18 people out of 28 found this review helpful
By ChargerOwnerEleventyOne on Sunday, November 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to own and drive, looks great, pretty fast"
Cons: "Voice control isn't great?"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have a 2012 R/T Plus. The leather interior is really nice. The interior is simple, which I like. Not a ton of unnecessary buttons or knobs. Though mine does have a lot of options on it, everything remains uncluttered. Almost everything is controlled from the touch screen in the center of the dash, from the heated/cooled seats to A/C, Navigation, to setting up the features of the car. The V8 is very good. It can definitely get out of its own way. Sure, a v8 mustang or Camaro is faster, but can they have 3 kids in the back seat? No, not if they want their kids to like them. The Charger R/T is the perfect car for someone who wants that muscle/pony car power, but also has need for usable back seat and trunk. Definitely also worth considering the sister car, the Chrysler 300. They can typically (at least in my area) be had with more options for less money, though they are functionally the same car. I like the look of the Charger much better though. YMMV. The smart high beams are brilliant. Come on when it's night time... go off anytime another car is within visible range of the headlights. Rain sensing wipers work perfectly. No more fiddling with the wiper control trying to get the right wiper speed. Cooled seats are perfect on sticky summer days. heated/cooled cupholders really do work decently. Overall, at least on the R/T Plus, a lot of small conveniences that make the car fun to own, combined with an engine that makes it fun to drive... Can't beat combo."
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Goosehunter on Tuesday, November 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Reasonably priced; excellent acceleratiion"
Cons: "Seats a bit too firm; annoying shifter"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"With V-6 & AWD, I get 30mpg on interstate, 25 in mixed driving, much better than previously owned 2010 V-6 RWD Cadillac CTS. 2014 Dodge SXT AWD does everything that Mercedes E350 4matic (which I considered) would do, and better, at half the cost. No problems thus far, but could use better quality tires as standard equipment. Electronic shifter can be annoying at times. Otherwise, car rides well, accelerates quickly, is very responsive and roomy. Touchscreen controls are straight-forward and easy to use."
7 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By ziso on Sunday, November 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"nice car great buy i like the mopar '11 but i think dodge could do better on the adds on for the mopar '11. the quality of the interior is not the best but the exterior and the engine are great. aggressive appearance. really fast as well"
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful