2013 Dodge Charger vs. Its Competition

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 392 Appearance Package
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Dodge Charger isn't quite part of the luxury-car realm, and it isn't quite a muscle-car or full-on sport sedan in most of its variations, but it's good playing all of those roles.

Chrysler's own 300 sedans are the Charger's most direct competition; the Chrysler shares nearly all the same running gear, but it's a bit more elegant and carries off the black-suit look effortlessly.

The Ford Taurus is an alternative to the Charger, and in turbocharged SHO guise it's quick and more engaging, but its rear seat is disappointingly small.

Hyundai has its rear-wheel-drive Genesis sedan, which is a softer, less assertive alternative to the Charger, although it's a solid straight-line performer.

The Nissan Maxima really looks the part of a sport sedan, but its CVT drivetrain is lackluster, and there's no all-wheel-drive option.

As for other models, there are few that offer what the Charger does, with such overt styling and strong V-8 engines; the Jaguar XF lineup is probably the closest match in style and attitude, even though it costs much more.

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 392 Appearance Package2013 Dodge Charger
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2013 Ford Taurus SHO2013 Ford Taurus
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2013 Hyundai Genesis 4-door Sedan V6 3.8L Side Exterior View2013 Hyundai Genesis
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2013 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan 3.5 S Angular Front Exterior View2013 Nissan Maxima
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Quick Specs
The 2013 Dodge Charger hits all the right blue-collar chords, yet its interior may impress the upper crust.
The image-building 2013 Chrysler 300 is handsome and classy, as well as a proper luxury car or a scorching muscle sedan.
The 2013 Ford Taurus gets improved performance and is more of a technology and luxury flagship than ever--although its 'smaller inside' packaging continues to limit its appeal.
The millionaire next door just might be driving a Hyundai Genesis; it's a luxury-car bargain, with a well-finished interior, plenty of power and good fuel economy.
Refined, nimble, and a scorcher in R trim, the Jaguar XF's only remaining hurdle to greatness is back-seat space.
The 2013 Nissan Maxima offers a lot more flair than the typical larger sedan, along with premium feel inside; but driving enthusiasts should be aware that it isn't quite a serious sport sedan.
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