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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
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
What's under the hood probably matters most to those looking at the 2013 Charger. Yet there are several trim levels, along with important feature differences between them.
Charger SE, SXT, R/T, and SRT8 are the core models in the lineup. Charger SE and SXT models include the Pentastar V-6, 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.
Base SE models are reasonably well equipped, with push-button start, keyless entry, a power driver's seat, a 4.3-inch touch screen, the LED taillamps, and 17-inch alloys. Moving up to the SXT is all it takes to get the beautiful new Uconnect Touch (or Uconnect 8.4) 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.
New for 2013, the Charger gets the Beats by Dr. Dre audio treatment--with a powerful 12-channel amp and proprietary equalization--on R/T Max, with several of the major options packages, and in all AWD models. Also, Rallye Appearance and Blacktop Package V-6 models now get a boost to 300 hp with a cold-air intake and performance exhaust.
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.
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.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.
The 2013 Dodge Charger offers all the connectivity and entertainment, but with a simpler interface.