Pros: Brash muscle-car styling and attitude; lots of unique trim options; value for the dollar; sporty handling for the class
Cons: V8 fuel economy; acceleration with V6 might not satisfy some buyers attracted by Charger’s muscular looks
CG Says: Dodge’s boldly styled large car gets a new option package, dubbed Redline, for 2014. The performance-themed package includes 20-inch black chrome wheels, sport suspension, a cold-air-induction system and sport exhaust for the 300-horsepower V6, sport seats, and other special features. Vast passenger room, available all-wheel drive, and solid construction make the Dodge Charger a reasonable choice for buyers who need the room of a large car but don’t want to give up power or performance in the process. The standard V6 engine and smooth 8-speed automatic transmission are a fine team that we think will satisfy the majority of buyers both in terms of acceleration and, surprisingly, fuel economy. Those with the need for speed will find the R/T and SRT8 quite invigorating, though both those models have a copious thirst for fuel.