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the graphics look cartoonish, as they’ve simply been scaled up from Garmin’s much smaller displays
The navigation system uses Garmin software, and though the street labeling isn't as consistent as it could be, there's no arguing with the colorful display and simple destination entry.
Edmunds' Inside Line
massive central touch-screen interface
Opt for navigation, and the display grows to 8.6 inches of big-screen glory.
Car and Driver
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.
With UConnect Touch, the 2012 Charger is now up to snuff in connectivity and entertainment.