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Pros and Cons*

A spacious trunk, comfort and more precise handling that the previous generation…just a few of the 2013 Dodge Charger’s strong points. Plus, the cylinder deactivation and the availability of all-wheel drive are also appreciated.

This sedan’s weaker points include the unavailability of the 8-speed transmission on certain models, the fuel-hungry V8 engine, reduced rear visibility and cumbersome size.

MRSP for the SE starts at $29,995.

The SXT, in RWD, starts at $33,445, with an extra $2,000 for the SXT Plus RWD.

The SXT AWD is available for $37,040 while the SXT Plus AWD costs $39,040.

The R/T RWD starts at $38,595.

The R/T Road/Track’s base price is $40,595 while the R/T AWD is offered at $41,990.

Fuel Economy
The V6, coupled with the RWD 5-speed automatic transmission is rated at 11.7 L/100 km in the city and 7.3 L/100 km on the highway.

With the 8-speed transmission, fuel ratings are estimated around 10.9 L/100 km in the city and 6.4 L/100 km on the highway.

In AWD, the sedan consumes 11.4 L/100 km in the city and 7.3 L/100 km on the highway.

The V8 consumes around 13 L/100 km in the city and 8 L/100 km on the highway.

In AWD, engine consumption climbs to 14.4 L/100 km in the city and 8.5 L/100 km on the highway.

Exterior Styling

With the hood sloping prominently towards a more imposing cross-style grille, this full-size sedan’s silhouette is characterized by bold headlights, LED-lined taillights and front door cut-outs.


Under the hood, you’ll find a 3.6-litre V6 engine that delivers 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine is coupled with a 5 or 8-speed transmission, depending on the version.

The more powerful 5.7-litre V8 engine, with 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque, is coupled with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Cargo Capacity

462 litres are available for storage.


Equipped with seven airbags, the Dodge Charger has been awarded the 2013 IIHS’s Top Safety Pick.

Comparable Models
Acura TL, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis, Nissan Maxima

2013 Dodge Charger front view
Photo: Dodge

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Duquet Denis, Le guide de l’auto 2013, Montréal, Les éditions de l’Homme, 2012, p.242
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