Consumer Reviews Summary
47 of 51 (92%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Dodge Charger Overview
The new 2013 Dodge Charger shares its name with the muscle-car icon of the 60’s and 70’s. Its striking looks and modern interior bring a tough personality to a recently reinvigorated brand. The history of the Charger is littered with change; it started its days as a two-door, rear drive coupe and now finds itself a four-door muscle car for the discerning family.
Many have said in the past that the Charger is a triumph of style over substance. Whether this is true of the latest Charger remains to be seen – but it definitely has style. The 2013 Charger looks like a mafia hit-man’s car. It’s got a menacing crosshair grill and automatic halogen headlights. The wheel arches are swollen and the hood has a prominent engine bulge. There are many options and trims offered to customize the Charger, including huge wheels in several designs, a blackout paint scheme, side stripes, and various spoilers.
The interior of the Charger is its piece-de-resistance, however, with elegant bucket seats trimmed in cloth or leather, multiple soft-touch surfaces on the dash, console, and steering wheel, and milled aluminum gauges from the pages of Carol Shelby’s muscle-car bible. Standard features include air conditioning, acoustic isolation windows, and a multifunction steering wheel with tilt/telescoping functions. The available interior features define the car – they are simply cool. The 2013 Charger’s available features include things like heated and cooled cup holders that glow red and blue, power adjustable seats, keyless start/stop, and a nifty multi-information screen mounted in the gauge cluster. This little screen displays everything from gear selection to mileage, and even navigation course.
The engines are carried over from the latest Dodge Challenger. The base Charger gets a 292-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque. When paired with the optional eight-speed transmission, the V-6 makes 19/31 MPG city/highway. If more power is required, there is an optional 370-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 with 395 pound-feet of torque that makes 16/25 mpg city/highway. Similar to the Challenger, the 2013 Charger offers a SRT8 trim which has a 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 that makes 470 pounds-feet of torque. Though the Charger offers rear-wheel drive standard, all-wheel drive is also available.
The 2013 Charger is a safe car; it got a full five-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top-Safety Pick award from the IIHS. All Chargers come with six airbags (front, side, and side-curtain), traction/stability control, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, hill-start assist that prevents rolling backwards on hills, active head restraints to reduce whiplash, and something called rain-brake support. According to Dodge, rain-brake support primes the brakes for use in wet-weather conditions to reduce stopping distance in slippery situations.
As it turns out, the new 2013 Charger is a triumph of both style and substance. It looks brash and masculine, but at the same time manages to be practical and safe.