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It's what's under the hood that will likely attract most Charger shoppers, but for those looking for options and accessories, there are several trims from which to choose. Two of these trims–the SE and SXT–receive the 3.6-liter 'Pentastar' V-6, while R/T cars are powered by a 370-hp, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. And if you're really going for the gusto, the SRT Charger has a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that produces 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

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.

The 2014 Charger has a simpler infotainment interface than some rival cars, but all the connectivity and entertainment goodness is there.

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.

The Charger also 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.

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.

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