Still, the Charger shouts out for your attention, when you circle around that prow of a nose, and pan down the sedan's sideview. The front end tilts dizzyingly forward like a Leaning Tower of Crosshairs. The headlamps have such angry eyebrows you might need to apologize first, and ask why later. Dodge says it's "ready to attack the road"; maybe a restraining order is in order.
Spin to the side and the Charger's bracket scoops do plenty to relieve its tall sides--while they also remind us a lot of the Buick Regal, even the 2012 Ford Focus. It reads "forward thrust" even in Braille, and particularly in dark metallic orange, but it's almost a non sequitir. The now-pinched roofline has shades of zombie Pontiac in its angled window cut.
The best details are in back, where 164 LED taillamps span a tall, square-ish apple bottom sometimes topped off with a spoiler.
Pull up the non-Benz door handles (no pass-through for fingers, a pity) and plop into wide cushy bucket seats, and the Charger's new dash lays out a simple plan for you. It involves big dials hashed in red, a plain piece of metallic-printed plastic to cover over some structural points that probably couldn't be changed inexpensively, and a big LCD screen for infotainment features. The dash face itself downplays in-your-face looks for clarity, much appreciated, and the materials used have taken a big ol' leap into the latest vein. The plastics give with just the right amount of squish, the chrome-y trim is applied with a pro makeup artist's restraint, and a minor qualm or two (window switches that pull up way too far, exposing switch edges) doesn't diminish the sophistication baked into the Charger's cockpit.