To most shoppers, engines are really the key feature difference between trim levels of the 2012 Dodge Charger shoppers; but there are other equipment differences that you might like to know about.
The 2012 Charger comes in SE, SXT, R/T, and SRT8 models. Charger SE and SXT models include the Pentastar V-6 and eight-speed automatic, while the R/T gets the 370-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. SRT8 models jump up to the 6.4-liter Hemi's 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.
Moving up to the SXT is all it takes to get the beautiful new UConnect Touch system (plus voice commands and integrated Bluetooth); SXT models also get dual-zone climate control, Alpine premium audio, power heated front seats, and power heated mirrors. On both the SXT and the R/T, a Plus package adds 18-inch chrome-clad wheels, premium leather, heated/cooled cupholders, LED overhead lighting, and LED-illuminated footwells.
Base SE models get a smaller 4.3-inch touch screen, but they do come with a power driver's seat, Keyless, Enter 'n' Go, push-button start, and other extras.
The Charger also opens up USB ports for plug-in dongles that turn 3G into in-car WiFi, and offers a Garmin navigation system, which we have mixed feelings about, but in any case has a nice streamlined interface.
Two special models pack the most into R/T models. The R/T Road & Track includes die-cast paddle-shifters, heated-and-ventilated sport seats, power adjustable pedals and steering column, a performance powertrain controller, a rear differential with 3.06 axle, and 20-inch chrome-clad wheels with performance tires. And the R/T Max packs on the tech, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross path, ParkSense, ParkView (camera), Alpine surround, SmartBeam headlamps, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, and more.