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.
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.
Notable Standard Equipment
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.
Notable Optional Equipment
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.
Under the Hood
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.
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