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2014 Dodge Charger Test Drive Overview

The Charger oozes style. From the scalloped hood to the strong character lines to the scowling front end—the Charger is a vehicular caricature of motoring confidence. Many automakers have bold, wild styling that feels disjointed, like the Hyundai Sonata or Toyota Camry. When the bold strokes do not connect well, the car feels anonymous—which those cars are compared to the Charger in a parking lot. The “Santa-Approved” red hue of my test car would help anyone find it in the largest of airport parking lots.

Perhaps my favorite feature is the one you'll never see while behind the wheel—the 164 LED taillights. Though other Dodge vehicles have begun to employ variations of this lighting scheme, the Charger was the first, and as it passes you on the highway, it makes a striking impression. From every angle, the Charger exudes attitude, and the SXT trim pushes that notion further.

The base price for the 2014 Dodge Charger SE is $26,995, which includes the 164 standard LED taillights, power 6-way driver's seat, remote keyless entry, 3 power accessory outlets and a USB audio auxiliary jack. Our SXT test trim started at $29,295 and came to about $32,380 with some added features. A V8-powered R/T starts at $30,495, while the range-topping SRT, with its 392-cubic-inch V8, starts at $47,385.

2014 Dodge Charger Test Drive Review

The aggressive look of the SXT might lead you to believe that it's a V8-powered R/T trim. That expectation might lead you to be disappointed when you find out that the SXT is powered by the base V6, but fret not, as this V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission pairing is surprisingly quick.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 under the hood is an award-winning powerplant that's able to get all 3,964 pounds of the Charger moving quite quickly. In fact, the V6 Charger gets from 0-60 in just 6.5 seconds. To manage that power and acceleration, Dodge provides you a couple options. First, there are the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, if you want to work your way through the cogs yourself, but then if you want to just put your foot down and let fly, there's the Sport mode shifter. Once in Drive, pull back once on the shifter to engage Sport mode, and it completely changes the driving feel of the Charger.

The rear-wheel-drive Charger is available with either a 5-speed automatic or 8-speed auto. Our all-wheel-drive SXT came with an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission. In Sport mode this raises the shift points and quickens the throttle response. It turns the sedate big sedan into a 4-door sports car.

But if the V6 Charger just doesn’t seem like enough power for you, there is always the 370 hp from the 5.7-liter V8 in the R/T trim, or the SRT Charger, with a 470-horsepower 6.4-liter V8. Both have immense power, but you’ll feel a penalty at the pump.

The base rear-wheel-drive V6 comes standard with the 5-speed automatic, which returns 18 mpg city/27 highway. V6 models equipped with the 8-speed automatic will achieve improved economy of 19/31. Our all-wheel-drive SXT with the 8-speed auto gets an estimated 18/27– though we returned combined economy in the high teens with Sport mode engaged.

The V8-powered R/T achieves 15/25, and an AWD R/T gets the same city mileage but only 23 mpg on the highway. If you want the full power of the SRT Charger, expect to get 17 mpg city and 23 highway.

The gear selector in the center console may look like a more traditional control unit, but it's a bit more complicated than that. Provided by ZF, the gear selector does not slide between P, R, N and D positions, but “clicks” down or up to gear. It takes some getting used to, and you can actually quickly select the wrong gear when backing up or pulling away.

The handling feel of the SXT Charger is a strange blend of old and new. Drive over a pothole, and you can tell this thing has a stiff ride, but there is also an element of body roll—it's almost unavoidable in a car this large. This suspension feel is combined with a very responsive steering unit, and the result is a car that can turn any curvy back road or off ramp into a very rewarding experience.

2014 Dodge Charger Test Drive Review

The Charger’s strong suit is its simplicity. That is not to say the interior is spartan—on the contrary, my SXT was loaded up. But Dodge puts many features into the large touchscreen, while essential controls—such as climate controls and basic audio controls—are actual tactile buttons and (gasp) actual knobs and dials!

One feature I wish was not hidden within the digital menus: the control for the available heated and cooled seats. It's a menu within the climate controls, and while I love how the remote start automatically turns on the heated seats and steering wheel, turning them off requires a little attention to find the menu. I understand that working this feature digitally keeps production costs down for Dodge, but some extra buttons on the center console would have been nice. Otherwise, the Charger's controls are refreshingly simple and could put on a clinic for brands like Honda on how to make many controls simple and accessible.

2014 Dodge Charger Test Drive Review

Despite its retro muscle-car styling, the Charger is one of the most modern vehicles on the market. The last decade was defined by drivetrain refinement and finding new tech gear to cram into cars. This decade will be defined by the employment of far more elegant ways of presenting that technology.

The available Uconnect system in the Charger is one such example of complex tech presented in a simple, easy-to-use manner.

It should be noted that not all satellite radios are created equal, and the satellite receiver in my Charger was definitely not top notch. It actually sounded like the radio was under water. More upscale vehicles out there have much crisper and clearer receivers, and it's disappointing that the available Beats By Dre stereo system is brought down by the shoddy satellite receiver. Thankfully the Dre-licensed stereo blasts when connected to a smartphone’s music library via Bluetooth.

2014 Dodge Charger Test Drive Review

The Charger delivers all the standard airbags and traction control you would expect in a modern car, but also adds the element of size. The Charger is a large car, and that girth provides a certain peace of mind, knowing the big Dodge sits like a tank.

The Charger is also available with the latest high-tech safety features, such as a lane-departure warning system, blind-spot monitoring system and forward-collision avoidance. The forward warning is meant to alert the driver to the car in front of you, but it can be a little oversensitive. We were on a back road with snow banks, and as we approached a bend in the road, it thought the snowbank in the impending turn was another vehicle with its brakes on, and the warning lights came up. So, unfortunately you'll have to learn to tune out some of the warnings the Charger throws at you.

One of the most impressive elements of the Charger’s suite of safety gear is the backup camera. It has a large screen, and the definition is incredible. Some backup cameras from other brands are either too low-definition or too pixelated to work in some lighting conditions, but the Charger’s backup camera will always provide an incredibly crisp readout. The backup system is also available with a rear cross-path warning system that alerts the driver if a vehicle is in your vicinity when you are backing out. This is effective when backing out of a parking lot or driveway onto a busy street.

2014 Dodge Charger Test Drive Review

A Charger like this is a lifestyle choice. You are almost asking for the same kind of attention as a Corvette or Challenger, but want the practicality of a V6 and functional back seats. Technically, there are some competitors out there, such as the Ford Taurus and Chevrolet Impala, but those cars don't even come close to the Charger in the style department. The fact that the Charger is based on a rear-wheel-drive platform and can be had with a V8 makes it more of a throwback car—perfect for the buyer who wants a daily driver with a pulse.

I’m curious about the longevity of the 164 LED taillights. I imagine it will be expensive to replace 5-10 at a time, but LEDs kind of do last forever, so it might not be an issue for a very long time.

Personally, I think this car is going to be a future classic. Gas will become so expensive that the V8 variants of the Charger actually may not be practical classics in the future. The style of a vehicle like this is unquestioned.

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ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: My problem with this 2014 Dodge Charger SXT isn't the look. I actually think the car has looked great these last few years. My problem is that the SXT is supposed to be the cheap version, but when you start ticking boxes you get all the way to $40K.

The 300-hp V6 is a good match for the Charger. It'll get you going without much of a problem, and send the tail out with a quick jab of the throttle. It just doesn't sound like a Dodge Charger should. It sounds like an Acura or a V6 Honda Accord. Put a couple glass packs on there and it'll be right as rain.

The seats weren't very comfortable on my narrow frame, but the heated functions on the front seats and wheel were great. Everything else inside was up to snuff. I like the Uconnect system now, it seems to work better than most, and the touchscreen works with gloves on -- that's a bonus.

The Charger is big enough to roll over most bumps without being upset. The only time you can really notice the potholes is when you're accelerating, and you get a little wheel hop. Steering is a good mix of directness and ease.

The newish Chevrolet SS might come in to challenge this car for buyers' attention. The SS is more expensive, but offers a V8. I suppose this Charger is pretty expensive, too. If fuel prices are a concern, I think the Charger will win out between the two. Both are similarly sized, though. And I don't think a buyer who wants a Charger would also be looking at front-drive options like the Ford Taurus or Fusion. Maybe Ford needs a big RWD sedan?

ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: When it's packing a smooth, powerful Hemi V8, it's fairly easy to overlook the shortcomings of the Dodge Charger -- shortcomings like an aging-but-not-awful chassis and an interior heavy on the chintzy hard plastic.

This Charger SXT didn't have the V8, though. It had the V6, and that's really too bad. Not that the Pentastar is an unworthy engine; it's happily nestled under the hoods of innumerable minivans and Jeeps. And as Jake notes, the V6 is up to the task of motivating all two tons of Charger.

That doesn't mean I'd call it a good match if you're expecting a shot of performance in your rear-wheel drive sedan. Throwing the car into sport mode helps, slightly, but only because the engine is kept permanently strung-out and whining -- the car is never going to lope along comfortably with this setup.

There's no shortage of goodies inside, though. You pay for each of them in a series of options packages that add up to the nearly $41K sticker, so you'll have to decide if this represents a value. I suppose if you want to buy something from Fiat/Chrysler to haul your kids around in but can't stand the thought of a minivan or the Journey, this is your only choice at the moment.

Is there any advantage to the rear-wheel drive configuration? When it comes to this particular package, I don't think so. Contra Jake, I don't feel like anyone looking at a six-cylinder Charger would be opposed to a front-wheel drive alternative -- you're paying an awful lot for non-V8 performance anyway.

The well-equipped Chevy SS we just tested costs $6K more. To me, that's a relatively low price to pay for a gearhead who needs four doors, and it's a far nicer place to be inside.

DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: I get what both Jake and Graham are saying about this 2014 Dodge Charger SXT, and I walked away from it equally conflicted.

While I echo the sense that a Charger sans Hemi is sort of missing the point, I found the Pentastar six in sport mode a satisfying performer from a different perspective. Yes, it stays higher up in the rev range than a V8 Charger would, but the engine also delivers that smooth cammy nature I so enjoy in the current Mustang's 3.7-liter V6. Likewise, the eight-speed automatic helps wring the most out of the six in just about every situation -- note that in standard (versus sport) mode it will frequently lug the engine to conserve fuel; sport eliminates that distraction at the expense of V8-like gas mileage. In other words, it's not a substitute for the V8, but rather an alternative that offers a different yet also entertaining personality. It's rev-happy and delivers plenty of punch, just in a sports-car way instead of a muscle-car way.

Unlike the Mustang, though, the rest of the Charger can't pretend it's a sports car. It's a big, wide, unwieldy American sedan. Highway manners are excellent, but when parking, negotiating tight corners and rolling into narrow driveways, the Charger feels SUV-big (and it's not far off). I was surprised how much bigger it felt than the Chevy SS I drove earlier this week, in part due to a lower seating position and overall sense of mass to the interior.

About that price: If I had to guess I'd say you could walk into a Dodge dealership and leave in this car for thousands of dollars less than our MSRP suggests. Charger sales are down 15 percent this year compared to the same period in 2013, and dealers are probably getting antsy. If you like a big, domestic, rear-drive sedan it's still tough to beat the Charger -- let's face it, the Chevy SS is a specialty performance car, not a volume sedan -- primarily because there's almost nothing with which it competes.

Base Price: $30,290

As-Tested Price: $40,734

Drivetrain: 3.6-liter V6; RWD, eight-speed automatic

Output: 300 hp @ 6,350 rpm, 264 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,996 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 19/31/23 mpg

AW Observed Fuel Economy: 20.2 mpg

Options:4N CD/DVD/MP3/NAV, Garmin navigation system, ParkView rear back-up camera, one-year traffic service, 1 year travel link service ($995); adaptive cruise control group including adaptive speed control forward collision control, heated and cooled front consul cup holders ($925); driver convenience group including sport perforated leather seats, ventilated front seats, power adjustable pedals with memory, power tilt and telescoping steering column ($895); power sunroof ($840)

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2014 Dodge Charger SE Review

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2014 Dodge Charger

Retail Price

$26,995 - $46,385MSRP / Window Sticker Price

Engine3.6L V-6
MPG18 City / 27 Hwy
Seating5 Passengers
Transmission5-spd w/OD
Power292 @ 6350 rpm
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Dodge Charger Expert Review

Staff Writer


  • The efficient and quick V-6/8-speed combo
  • The sinister looks
  • The Charger SRT8's grunt


  • Pricey V-8s are stuck with the five-speed auto
  • Seeing these in your rear-view mirror; cops are starting to add them to their fleets.
  • The V-6/five-speed combo; spend some more money for the eight-speed auto.

A four-door Challenger if there ever was one, the Dodge Charger enters 2014 with a potent base V-6, and a handful of good ol' fashioned V-8s. The base Charger is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 292-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard, but we suggest spending a bit more money for the eight-speed automatic, which improves fuel economy and acceleration. The mid-level engine is a 5.7-liter V-8 making 363 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque, while the range-topper is the Charger SRT8's 6.4-liter 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque V-8. Both V-8s are paired to a five-speed automatic.

No matter if you opt for the V-6 or the V-8, the Charger is a good car. "The Charger's greatest attribute, however, is just how smooth it is," we wrote of a V-6-powered 2012 SXT, "The engine may well rival BMW's legendary inline-sixes, while the transmission's shifts are as seamless as they get. " We've also praised the high-zoot Charger SRT8, "The Charger [SRT8]'s dynamics are the most impressive part. Although its robust powertrain can get you in trouble on entry if you don't plan carefully (advice: brake early), this massive sedan takes to corners with composure, response, and communication that rivals -- perhaps even bests -- some notable German performance sedans."

The Charger doesn't receive any significant updates for 2014. There's a new Redline package on the V-6-powered Charger SXT, which acts as a V-6 performance package. It includes a minor horsepower bump, sport goodies, and aggressive-looking trim.

Like its Chrysler 300, and Dodge Challenger siblings, the Charger remains essentially unchanged for 2014. There's a new Redline package available on the Charger SXT, which adds sport suspension and steering, black chrome wheels, sport seats, and a minor horsepower bump from 292 hp to 300 hp.

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In our ideal world, all Dodge Chargers would arrive packing V-8 power. In that alternate reality, where performing smoky burnouts is considered a patriotic duty and watching The Dukes of Hazzard reruns has displaced baseball as our national pastime, it would be an act of treason to deliver a Charger with fewer than eight cylinders.

Reality, unfortunately, can be a real downer. Littered with buzz-killing responsibilities like turning a profit, meeting CAFE requirements, and amortizing development and production expenses, making it in the real world these days takes a well-rounded starting lineup. For the 2015 Dodge Charger, that means enough variants to hit all the price and performance points across the spreadsheet, from the top, er, uh, dog Hellcat Charger, which starts just shy of $65K, right down to the V-6–powered 2015 Dodge Charger SE and SXT models that start out with a base MSRP of $28,990.

Four-Door Superhero

When the 2015 Charger emerged from the design studio, only the roof and rear doors remained unchanged from the previous model. It’s clearly curvier with some softer edges. The designers tell us their inspiration for the grille came from the 1969 car and that its forward-leaning tilt is meant to give it the stance of a superhero. We’ll grant Dodge that one, but our take is that while the old grille was retro-modern Americana, the new one displays a more modern, worldly take on the crosshair design while maintaining a seriously sinister attitude. (SRT Chargers get their own fascia.) The side scallops, which took on an exaggerated appearance in the 2011-model-year makeover, have been refined, and the mounting point of the C-pillar has been moved even farther rearward to deliver a fastback appearance. There’s no way Dodge would leave its signature “racetrack” taillamp signature out of the equation; the entire ring glows softly whenever the headlights are on.

Resisting the urge to plunge through the Charger’s windows Duke-boy style—our Charger drive took place in West Virginia, just a hog’s tail from the Dukes’ territory in Georgia—we went traditional and curled our paws underneath the husky door handles for access. Sliding behind the new three-spoke wheel reveals the same spacious interior dimensions that sizable drivers have come to know and love. For 2015, though, some refreshed surfaces, instrumentation, and minor control-input changes pay big dividends. A new, highly stylized yet restrained instrument-surround insert—Dodge calls it an “aluminum-lithograph driver bezel”—exudes an upscale look and feel, but it’s let down by the acres of textured plastic that cover the top of the dash. Although soft to the touch and light-years better than the plastics of just a few years ago, it still feels a bit industrial, like the material that might cover the gripping surfaces on a piece of exercise equipment. That said, a low-key matte finish mitigates the effect, while attractive stitched-fabric door upholstery and redesigned seating helps keep things looking and feeling luxe, something that can’t be said for the Abu Ghraib–grade benches of the previous car.

Six Cylinders, Eight Speeds, Two- or Four-Wheel Drive

Chrysler’s familiar 292-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 returns for duty in 2015, pumping the same 260 lb-ft of twist through the ZF-designed eight-speed automatic. Buyers looking for a slight advantage in the power department can spec the Rallye Appearance Group (not priced as of press time), which rounds the output up to a nice even 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft. This bump comes courtesy of a cold-air intake, a “sport-tuned” exhaust, and a minor engine-calibration tweak. Either way, the six is still happy drinking regular unleaded, saving a few pennies at the pump.

Styling revisions aside, arguably the biggest change to hit the humble V-6 Charger models for 2015 is that they now use electric power steering. With three modes to choose from—Normal, Comfort, Sport—this helps the Charger perform its best trick, making 120.2 inches of wheelbase and two tons of curb weight feel considerably smaller than those figures imply. While the ratio remains the same at 14.4:1 and 2.6 turns lock-to-lock (16.5:1 and 3.1 for AWD models), switching to Comfort mode lightens the effort for parking-lot maneuvers, and Sport provides a nice—if somewhat artificial—weighty feel that complements the discernible on-center valley. Normal mode, as you might guess, splits the difference; we used it only long enough to find the setting button on the intuitive Uconnect system’s touch display. Combined with the stout and firmly damped chassis, the steering points the car just where you ordered, until you ask too much and the front tires begin to howl in a duet of understeer.

We were also pleased to find that the electronic shifter, formerly an anti-intuitive device that often required a glance at the dash to determine which gear you had selected, has been modified with clear detents that telegraph changes in a more traditional fashion. The eight-speed automatic is standard for 2015, and the octo-box shifts quietly and capably, virtually disappearing in around-town driving. (There is no manual-transmission option in the cards for the 2015 Charger, regardless of trim level or engine.) Full-throttle inputs are met with a prompt response, the transmission holding gears until redline or the driver orders a change via the shift selector or the optional wheel-mounted paddles. It’s been a while since we last had some seat time in a Charger equipped with the Pentastar V-6 and eight-speed-automatic powertrain, but the almost stunningly low interior-noise levels in the 2015 model had us wondering whether Dodge had stuffed the body panels full of foam rubber. The Dodge folks tell us this isn’t so, that the NVH reduction largely results from continual refinement of the platform, which, we must point out, can trace its roots back more than a decade. The brakes use single-piston calipers front and rear, and although they never let us down or exhibited fade, we wish Dodge would get its low-MSRP gods to concede to making the more capable dual-piston front units from the V-8 cars standard across the range.

For 2015, Dodge restricts the AWD option to V-6-equipped models (last year the AWD option extended to the Charger R/T with the 5.7-liter V-8); adding AWD to either the SE or SXT trim will add $3000 to the bottom line, bringing the MSRPs to $31,990 and $33,990.

As long as you’re not expecting V-8 levels of excitement, it’s hard to pick apart the entry-level Charger’s well-matched powertrain. Its EPA fuel-economy rating of 19 mpg city/31 highway (18/27 with AWD) only illustrates how far they’ve finessed it: In 2010, the base car was EPA-rated at 18/26 mpg, and its 2.7-liter V-6 made a meager 178 hp. Anyone paying off a five-year note and trading a 2010 Charger for this 2015 model is going to think the new one feels muscular even in base trim.

A Charger is a big car, but like a heavyweight contender, it’s got some moves and is eminently comfortable in its skin. In the end, enthusiasts may find the most desirable quality of the V-6 Charger is that its bottom-line-boosting sales volume and contribution to Fiat-Chrysler’s CAFE standing makes possible the insanity of the Charger SRT Hellcat. To everyone else, it’s a fine large sedan for real-world money.


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear- and 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

BASE PRICE: SE, $28,990; SE AWD, $31,990; SXT, $30,990, SXT AWD, $33,990

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection

Displacement: 220 cu in, 3604 cc
Power: 292 hp @ 6350 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Wheelbase: 120.2 in
Length: 198.4 in
Width: 75.0 in Height: 58.2 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 4000-4200 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 6.5-6.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 16.0-16.1 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.1-15.2 sec
Top speed: 120 mph

EPA city/highway: 19/31 mpg; AWD 18/27


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