- Full-size family sedan that is still rear-wheel drive
- New Redline option package, which adds a sport suspension and other upgrades
- V-6 or V-8 engine options
The 2014 Dodge Charger is a rare creature, a full-size family sedan that still wants to be a race car. It might seem like having such different designs would make the Charger an in-between car that can’t make up its mind, but it circumvents that by instead excelling in both capacities. It’s a car you can take the kids to school in, and then shred the rear tires pulling out of the parking lot.
Starting out as an iconic muscle car of the 60’s and 70’s, the Charger’s styling reflects that heritage with a big, bold crosshair grille and bulges in all the right places. Indents in the doors give the sides much needed detail. The Charger’s most distinguishing feature though is its rear taillights, which features 164 individual LEDs that form a ring which runs across virtually the entire length of the rear. If you’re behind a Charger at night, you’ll know it immediately. 17-inch wheels are standard, with up to 20-inch wheels optional.
Under the hood, the 2014 Charger has several engine options, starting with a 292-hp, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that is mated to a standard five-speed automatic transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic. The next available engine is a 370-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 which only comes with the five-speed automatic, but also features cylinder deactivation technology to save fuel. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Three different suspensions are also offered, as well as an optional Road & Track package for a more spirited driving experience. The ultimate performance Charger however, is the Charger SRT, which gets its own 470-hp, 6.4-liter V-8.
Inside, the Charger offers plus sized accommodations with plenty of room for both front and rear passengers. Standard features include a 60/40-split folding rear seat, cruise control, manual air conditioning, USB port, power windows/locks, and a powered driver’s seat. All trim levels except the base SE level feature an 8.4-inch color touchscreen which controls the audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and automatic climate control. Dodge has also given the 2014 Charger one of the most expansive options lists around as well, offering everything from heated/cooled cupholders to ventilated front seats and a Garmin-based navigation system.
The Charger boosts its family car credentials by earning exceptional safety ratings from both the NHTSA (full five-stars overall) and the IIHS (Top Safety Pick award). Seven airbags are standard, as is traction/stability control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, active head restraints, and hill-start assist. Rain brake support is also standard and helps to stop the car safely in wet conditions.