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2013 Dodge Charger (continued)

Summary

2013 Dodge Charger

The 2013 Dodge Charger is a dynamic, forceful road car that starts, stops and corners with poise. If Dodge had come anywhere near to this kind of Charger years ago, the company would have been every buyer's hero. This is an American sedan to be proud of.

Ted West filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report. John F. Katz also contributed.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup:Dodge Charger SE ($25,995); Charger SXT ($28,995); Charger R/T ($29,995); Charger SRT8 ($46,250)
Engines:292-hp 3.6-liter V6; 300-hp 3.6-liter V6; 370-hp 5.7-liter V8; 470-hp 6.4-liter V8
Transmissions:5-speed automatic; 8-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain front and rear airbags, active head restraints, tire pressure monitor, auto-dimming rearview mirror; electronic traction control (TCS), electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), brake assist, rain brake support, hill-start assist, automatic headlamps, active front head restraints, all federally mandated airbags (seven), front seat-belt pretensioners, lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH), occupant restraint controller
Safety equipment (optional):all-wheel drive, blind spot and cross-path detection, rearview camera, rear park assist, smart-beam headlamps, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning
Basic warranty:5 years/100,000 miles
Assembled in:Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Dodge Charger R/T AWD ($32,495)
Standard equipment:cloth upholstery, heated front sport seats, 8-way power driver's seat w/ 4-way power lumbar support, 60/40 split rear seat, cruise control, manual tilt-telescopic steering column, dual exhausts, cap-less fuel fill, acoustic front and side glass, power windows with express front up/down, rear window defroster, remote windows down, 8.4-in. touch-screen audio and media center with voice command, six audio speakers, USB port with iPod control, auxiliary input jack, power door locks, remote keyless driver's/all-door entry, push-button start, power trunk-lid release, two 12-volt outlets, intelligent battery sensor, LED-illuminated heated/cooled front cup holders, rear seat armrest with cup holders, map pockets front and rear, illuminated sun visor vanity mirrors, front overhead console, LED-illuminated rear handles and reading lamps, electronic color vehicle information center, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, trunk cargo net and full trunk liner with emergency deck-lid release, dual deck-lid lamps
Options as tested (MSRP):29P Charger R/T Plus Group ($2000), security alarm, Nappa leather seats, heated second-row seats, 8-way power driver and passenger seats, driver/passenger 4-way power lumbar support, heated/cooled front seats, front overhead LED lighting, driver and passenger lower LED lamps, 180-amp alternator; Driver Confidence Group ($995), blind-spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, high-intensity headlamps, exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps, rain-sensing wipers, smart-beam headlamps, Parkview rear back-up camera; Driver Convenience Group ($895), heated and ventilated front seats with driver memory, power-adjustable heated mirrors with memory, power-adjustable pedals with memory, power tilt/telescoping steering column with memory; Navigation/Rear Back-Up Camera Group ($995) Uconnect 8.4N with Garmin navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM Travel Link
Destination charge:($995)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $38,375
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:5.7-liter sohc 16-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):370 @ 5250
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):395 @ 4200
Transmission:5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:15/23 mpg
Wheelbase:120.2 in.
Length/width/height:199.9/75.0/58.4 in.
Track, f/r:63.4/63.8 in.
Turning circle:38.7 ft.
Seating capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.6/56.2/41.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.6/56.1/40.1 in.
Cargo volume:16.5 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, short and long arm with high upper A-arms, lateral and diagonal lower links, coil springs over gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, five-link with coil springs, gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:4.9 in.
Curb weight:4450 lbs.
Tires:P235/55R19
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS, electronic brake distribution (EBD), brake assist, rain brake support, hill-start assist, ready alert braking
Fuel capacity:19.1 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of December 04, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-4A-Dodge - www.dodge.com


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