By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.0
Is the 2014 Dodge Charger a family sedan or hot rod? Could be both. It offers the room, ride comfort and safety features a family requires, with the style and performance the enthusiast driver wants. The roofline looks lifted from a coupe and the sculpturing on the sides and eye-catching taillight treatment note a linkage to earlier Chargers from the 1960s. But this modern Charger has features and capabilities that would leave owners of those earlier versions open-mouthed with envy, with V6 engines that far outperform those ancestral V8s, the efficiency of an 8-speed automatic transmission and all the expected electronic conveniences. Add in the availability of all-wheel drive (AWD) and the inspiring Hemi V8 engine choices, and both the family and the enthusiast can be happy.
You need four doors and interior room. You want some get-with-it performance. You have a modest budget. You should look at the 2014 Dodge Charger.
Perhaps you're put off by the over-the-top, heavily-sculpted sedan styling. Perhaps your prudent side notes the resale value is not terrific. Perhaps you don't really need all that performance all the time. Don't panic: You have lots of other choices.
A new Redline Package includes 20-inch Black Chrome aluminum wheels and a 3.6-liter V6 with cold-air induction and 300 horsepower. The AWD Sport includes the 300-horsepower V6 or 370-horsepower V8. There's also a Wheel Sport Appearance Group, and new paint choices include Header Orange, TorRed and Plum Crazy historic colors.
Driving Impressions You don't need the Hemi V8 to get the 2014 Charger sedan moving in a big hurry. The base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 makes 292 horsepower, and the uprated version is...300. The V6 Charger is, after all, standard issue for huge numbers of police departments and they wouldn't make that pick if it wouldn't catch bad guys. Add the 8-speed automatic and you have not only performance, but thoroughly commendable fuel economy. The Charger deals with corners with a sophisticated fully-independent suspension: control arms in front and a multilink arrangement in the rear, with coil springs and assertive anti-roll bars all around. Steering is a precise and responsive rack-and-pinion setup. Brakes are 4-wheel discs, and the Performance Brake Package brings large vented rotors front and rear, and twin-piston calipers in the front. Even if you never use it, the Charger is engineered and built for some serious driving.
GREAT ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE
A selection of powerful and responsive engines, a sophisticated suspension, great steering, big and strong brakes, all well-blended into a very competent package. Four-door sedan or not, he 2014 Charger can get down the road and around the corners, and doesn't cost much in the bargain.
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).
A glance at the modest window sticker will not prepare you for the niceness of the interior. There are soft-touch surfaces, quality materials, attractive colors, appealing instrumentation, and it's all done with an appreciable level of fit and finish. The well-bolstered front seats and thick-rimmed steering wheel hold you in place and give a nice place to hold on, and the back seat is just fine for two adults, although the sloping roofline might cut headroom for taller folks. Several well-thought-out options include touch-screen navigation and worthwhile sound systems.Exterior
You won't have trouble finding the 2014 Dodge Charger sedan in the parking lot – there's more than just a little resemblance to at least the spirit of the 2-door Charger of the 1960s. The front is unmistakably bold and identifiable, the sides feature deep sculpturing and the full-width taillight treatment, with 164 LEDs forming a sort of "racetrack of lights" will not go unnoticed. Wheel choices range from 17-inch all the way to optional 20-inchers. This is not a car for shy people.
Standard equipment for the 2014 Dodge Charger SE includes a 3.6-liter V6, 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, automatic temperature control, steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio functions, 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 and other go-quick goodies.
The 2014 Dodge Charger SE Blacktop package includes blacked-out trim, a performance suspension, rear spoiler, Pitch-Black 20-inch wheels, UConnect audio with 8.4-inch touch-screen, the Beats audio system and a 300-horsepower V6. Hard-core enthusiasts will want the R/T's Road/Track package with the performance-oriented 3.06:1 axle ratio, supportive front seats with suede inserts and blackout honeycomb grille. The SXT and SXT Plus Redline Package includes 20-inch Black Chrome wheels and performance-tuned suspension. Other options include a power sunroof, Adaptive Cruise Control, Garmin navigation, leather seating, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, AWD, and a variety of wheel choices.
The Dodge Charger sedan offers no shortage of engine choices. Base is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 292 horsepower, and it's no slouch. An uprated 3.6 brings 300 horsepower and more than enough performance for any reasonable street use. Both the V6 engines are EPA-rated for 31 mpg on the highway. If 300 horsepower isn't quite enough, the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 makes 370 horsepower and will move the Charger from rest to 60 mph in under six seconds. Want even more? The 6.4-liter Hemi in the SRT8 will give you 470 horsepower, which should get the job done. Depending upon the engine choice, the transmission will be either a 5-speed automatic or the 8-speed automatic that really enhances fuel economy.
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 (5-speed automatic), 13/19 mpg (5-speed automatic, E-85), 19/31 mpg (8-speed automatic), 14/23 mpg (8-speed 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 (rear-wheel drive), 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: 15/25 mpg (rear-wheel drive), 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
The 2014 Dodge Charger SE has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $27,000, the SXT Plus is around $32,000, the R/T Plus is near $33,000 and a fully-loaded R/T MAX can easily approach the $40,000 mark. The SRT8 is close to $48,000. AWD adds about $2,500. These prices compare favorably with the Ford Taurus, which starts around $28,000 and can go into the $40,000 range in SHO form. A nicely-loaded Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T, however, starts under $27,000 and offers more standard equipment than the Charger SE. To get the best deal, check out the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what buyers in your area are paying for the 2014 Dodge Charger. As for resale, we expect the 2014 Dodge Charger to do slightly better than past Charger sedans, but still fall short of the residual values of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry.
By First AWD Vehicle on Monday, April 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,600overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, reliable and confidence inspiring"
Cons: "Should have bought the Hemi"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought a 2013 Charger AWD Sport appearance package v6. I had never bought an AWD but my job required me to drive between Colorado and Wyoming often. I have to say that this car has performed brilliantly. Over 18,000 miles or so I have only needed to go in for oil service but this car has driven through thick blankets of snow on rough back roads, fog with maybe ten feet of visibility and somehow got me home during the September foods. Nearly five inches of water and the charger did not care; I actually was one of the last people to leave Wyoming before they closed all of the roads. I've driven the RWD version and honestly I'd go AWD over and over again. When the weather is actually nice the front turns off and it saves on gas. Overall, the charger is a fantastic car and it will be my first choice in a future car."
By danny on Saturday, April 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 710overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Since day one this has been a nightmare. Purchased car Saturday night, drove home, next morning started car it was smoking. Took the car to dealership and left it there. This car stayed at dealership for 12 days. Couldn't get help from dealer nor Dodge. Dealership had car more days than I had it. Finally told that the car was fixed. Went to pick up the car and was told that dealership mechanic and Dodge mechanic sent to assist did not find any problems. Once arrived at dealership, started the car only to see huge cloud of smoke from exhaust yet AGAIN!! The dealership would not buy me out of the contract and decided to put me into ANOTHER 2014 Charger. Finally received new Charger on Friday. Drove the car for a family outing on Saturday and now I hear Rear End vibration. Second 2014 Charger in 30 days, my advice would be to stay far away."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By YWNM on Friday, April 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Smooth ride, auto highbeam, power, size"
Cons: "indicator sound, low roof lining"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"OK, I might be bias. Stepping out of a 2007 VW Jetta with 150HP and no technology thrills. My experience however with my 2014 Charger R/T Plus with sport package is a blast. Relative good fuel mileage, as long your foot is not horizontal. Comfort is good, all though I'm just 6ft 2 inches my hair is touching the roof and this is because of the sun roof that makes the roof lining lower. It has a definite fun factor, remember if you are irritable, "Keep both hands on the wheel" because it does fish-tale when AWD is not engaged. On rainy days a 4 wheel spin combined with excellent stability makes you grin. Seats are good. Though the lumbar support could be more refined. The dash I like allot, uconnect is easy to understand, no deep diving in menu's etc. The major thing I would like to change is the indicator signal sound, it's like they went hunting for spare parts and found a 1970's charger indicator in stock. In all rough around the edges but an absolute descent car to drive. Looking forward to the 8 speed HEMI configuration."
By 392 hemi dave on Thursday, April 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Cons: "Would like to see POWER folding outside mirrors."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Submitting rating because I found none for the SRT model. I bought a black on black 2012 Charger SRT-8 in October of 2011. I know it is no fair to compare, but I also have a 2008 BMW Alpina B7. The Dodge is a great deal for the money. My SRT can stay with my Alpina in perfomance. Where the Dodge falls a little short is the car does not track as well and feel as planted as my BMW. The quality and interior design is excellent! I have 21000 miles on it and have had no major issues, only a few minor ones taken care of under warranty. This Charger is my third one. I had an 06 and 07 Daytona Chargers and no a problem with any of them. Excited about the Hemi cars having 8 speed automatic next year and increase to 500 HP. Most likely will trade mine in on a new SRT, hopefully in Plum Crazy Purple. MOPAR OR NO CAR!!"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Bill0600 on Sunday, March 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,537overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Performance, ventilated seats, fast, ride, value"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought my Charger R/T in Oct 2013 love every bit of this car from nice options to custom bucket Charger seats. The Charger handles so excellent on giving me awesome performance and the most solid ride than ever. Fast, sportier, high smooth engine power on half decent gas mileage and its superior quiet. I think the Charger would be worth something in future because of performance and great handling has just like the older Mopar vehicles back in the day. Charger is plenty of roomier its got every available option included navigation, great stereo system, UConnect system for other electronics available. Ventilated seats have great support works for winter or summer with heated outside mirrors everything is at best on Charger R/T model a great vehicle for the money."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By caleb on Thursday, March 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun and some power with mods"
Cons: "horrible in weather and not snappy for a sports ca"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Bought new in 2011 regrettably when the price was high but black outside aded a black trex grill mkw black rims, tint, red seat covers, red brake caliper covers, borla catback exhaust, injen cold air intake, jet performane stage 2 chip and made it a unique and farely powerful car. But horrible in snow lol."