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Review: 2013 Dodge Charger SXT Plus

by Dom and Jane posted Sep 15 2013 5:04PM


Too bad I’m not a smoker; I really could’ve used some cigarettes rolled up in my sleeve while I revved around in these wheels.

Okay, so that’s a little silly, and maybe a tad unfair to those who love their muscle car. But I can’t deny that driving the Charger gives you a different feeling, and - honestly - it’s a feeling of fun.

And why not? Three hundred horsepower in a beast that wants to run, all while looking like it could steal your girlfriend.

 



But there are surprises, too. For starters, this is - yes, I’ll say it - a family sedan. Five people will fit rather comfortably inside, with doors that swing wide for easy access, and plenty of storage room. The trunk is already a good size, and the 60/40 folding rear seat makes it even more generous.

Another surprise: mileage. The Charger was made to gallop, and yet you’re able to pull more than 30 mpg on the highway. That’s impressive.

I found the controls and dash display simple and intuitive - praise to the folks at Dodge for NOT placing one of those damnable multi-function knobs in the Charger. Some of us are much happier with easy touchscreen options or basic knobs. And I loved the large RPM gauge. C’mon, it’s a tough-guy car, you gotta have that. My only complaint in the cockpit involves the gear shift, which is a bit sensitive and annoying; many times I found myself having to really concentrate to simply shift into Drive. I know, seems trivial, but try it and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

The drive itself is powerful without being rough. For all of the energy under the hood, the ride is smooth and relatively quiet. The car jumps off the starting line with an aggressive growl, but quickly becomes civilized.

Obviously the outer style of the car will be somewhat polarizing, but I love that the Charger doesn’t apologize for its in-your-face approach. Personally I could do without the gloss-black wheels on the test car that I drove, but, hey, that’s an option you can decline.

Seating is comfortable, sight lines are good. With an upgrade you can place your rump in Nappa leather seats. For that matter, there are multiple options to add a little pizazz to the already-impressive package. The Charger is a great choice for someone who wants to spice up the family sedan.

You’ll have to supply your own smokes.

Reviewed by Dom Testa. Car provided by the manufacturer.

09/15/2013 5:10PM
Review: 2013 Dodge Charger SXT Plus
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