By Matt Schmitz on August 23, 2013
With bold styling, impressive ride quality and affordable prices, Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder said the 2013 Dodge Charger charges to the front of the large-car class. Wiesenfelder tested an all-wheel-drive Charger R/T and found it took a backseat only to the newly redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala; the Charger was redesigned in 2011 and added new powertrains the following year, but remains relatively the same for 2013.
The all-wheel-drive R/T's 5.7-liter V-8 is good for 370 horsepower, 395 pounds-feet of torque and a zero-to-60 mph time of less than 5.4 seconds; it's mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and gets an estimated fuel economy of 15/23 city/highway. It starts at $33,490, including a $995 destination charge. The Charger is also available in trims including the rear-wheel-drive SE, rear- or all-wheel-drive SXT, and SRT8 and SRT8 Superbee, both of which are rear-wheel drive. The Charger's starting price tops out at $46,445 for the SRT8, including destination.
Among option packages offered on the Charger are the $4,000 Customer Preferred Package, which includes steering-wheel-mounted paddles shifters, Sport driving mode, a black grille with black honeycomb, heated second-row seats, a heated-and-cooled front-console cupholder, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and driver/passenger four-way lumbar adjustments. Others include the $995 Driver Confidence Group, which adds rear parking assist, a backup camera, blind spot and cross-traffic monitoring, rain-sensitive windshield wipers and automatic high-beam control; the $995 Navigation/Rear Back-Up Camera Group with the Uconnect multimedia system; the $925 Adaptive Cruise Control Group with forward collision warning and a heated steering wheel; the $400 Super Track Pak with performance tires and steering and a sport suspension; and an $840 power sunroof.
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