One of the few rear-drivers in the big four-door segment, the Dodge Charger has its most direct competitor in its own family--the Chrysler 300 shares almost all its running gear.
It's also pitched as more elegant than the Charger, and it carries off the black-suit look effortlessly.
Ford's Taurus is another big boy with big power, courtesy its SHO turbocharged V-6, but the rear seat is somewhat cramped for a car of its size.
The Hyundai Genesis is a softer alternative to a base Charger: it's less assertive in looks and handling, but has a more luxurious feel in its cabin and much stronger performance in V-6 base form.
Nissan's Maxima cuts a sharp figure but its CVT drivetrain is lackluster, and there's no all-wheel-drive option.
Lastly, the Chevrolet Impala has a new V-6 engine this year, but it's a dated design that's due to be replaced in the 2014 model year.
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|14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|Large Car||Large Cars||Large Cars||Large Cars||Large car||Mid-Size|
|4-Door Sedan SE RWD||4-Door Sedan LS Retail||4-Door Sedan V6 RWD||4-Door Sedan SE FWD||4-Door Sedan V6 3.8L||4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Continuously Variable|
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