- - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

While the 2014 Dodge Charger has not received a major overhaul, one must say it didn’t really need one anyway. The Dodge Charger is bold, daring, and boasts a good price tag with its full-size sedan look and feel.

Competition for the 2014 Dodge Charger is the Chevrolet Impala, the Toyota Avalon and the Kia Cadenza. But you’d be hard pressed to find another cool set of wheels with as much space. With its good-looking interior, the Charger will impress.

On this full-size sedan you get trim options of SE, SXT, R/T, SRT8 and SRT8 Super Bee.

The standards on the SE are 17-inch alloy wheels, five-speed automatic transmission (with eight-speed optional), automatic headlights, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, dual-zone manual climate control, a six-way power driver seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and technology like a 4.3-inch touchscreen interface, six speakers, audio jacks and interface connects. If you add the optional Connectivity Group package, you also get Bluetooth capability.

With the SXT, you get all the SE goodies and 19-inch wheels, an eight-speed transmission, heated mirrors and front seats, fog lamps, remote ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth audio and phone connect, and an all-wheel-drive. There are also several add-ons like the Plus package, with its leather upholstery, heated steering wheel and rear seats, and LED interior lighting.

For the Rallye Appearance Group addition, there is a power upgrade on the V6 engine, 20-inch chrome wheels, sport-tuned suspension, rear deck lid spoiler; you also get a Sport mode feature for the transmission as well as shift paddles and sport seats. The Blacktop package will give you the Rallye goodies and painted wheels and a blacked-out grille. The Redline package is the Blacktop package but with red trim on the wheels.

The Navigation Group includes a Garmin navigation system and rearview camera, and the Driver Confidence Group offers rain-sensing wipers, xenon headlights, automatic high-beam control, blind-spot warning system and rear cross-path detection as well as a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

The Driver Convenience Group gives you heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory functions, power-adjustable pedals and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

The R/T trim provides the SXT’s features and adds a V8 engine, five-speed transmission, xenon headlights, 18-inch wheels, performance tires, upgraded brakes and sport seats.

Of course, the R/T also has variety package options, such as the Road & Track package — a black grille, 20-inch wheels, rear deck lid spoiler, upgraded brakes and a Sport mode with paddle shifters and leather trim. You can add the Driver Confidence Group with the Road & Track package or the Super Track Pak, which you opt first for the Road & Track package. The add-ons are a three-mode stability control, and sportier steering and suspension.

The SRT8 is the top-of-the-line performance Dodge Charger, and comes with all of the features of the R/T Max package along with an even bigger V8 engine. It also offers a three-mode adaptive sport suspension, 20-inch wheels, Brembo calipers, rear spoiler and the steering wheel has paddle shifters, leather trim sport’s seats and an information center in the gauge cluster.

On the Super Bee SRT8 it is less high-end, with the base R/T equipment, but with the bigger V8 engine and 20-inch wheels. There are black Brembo calipers, “Z-stripe” yellow and silver cloth upholstery, and heated rear seats. The Super Bee also comes with a smaller touchscreen like on the base, a 4.3-inch, but the 8.4-inch is an option.

Under the hood, the 2014 Dodge Charger SE and SXT have a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. With the Rallye Appearance Group, Blacktop package, Redline package or AWD Sport package, it’s 300 horsepower and 264 pound feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but the SXT can also be had in all-wheel drive.

Upping the engine on the R/T is a 5.7-liter V8 with 370 horsepower and 395 pound feet of torque. The transmission is a five-speed automatic with rear-wheel drive, but the all-wheel drive is optional except with the R/T Road & Track package.

The 2014 Charger SRT8 is the king of road with a 6.4-liter V8 engine putting out 470 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque. This is also a five-speed automatic with rear-wheel drive.

Safety features include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front seat side, driver-side knee and side curtain airbags with active front head restraints. Optional depending on the packages, there is also the rearview camera, blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic warning system and a forward collision warning system.

The Charger’s interior varies depending on trim, but all the material is high-end and impressive. The touchscreen is easy to use and intuitive.

There is plenty of inside space for the driver and the passengers in the front and back, although headroom in the back for a taller passenger might be a bit tight. The trunk space measures 15.4-cubic feet, but there are the 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks.

For driving, no matter the engine size you can enjoy this ride on the highway, with plenty of acceleration and a suspension that takes the bumps. You will indeed feel as if you own the road in the 2014 Dodge Charger, with the ultimate reward being you like what you drive and so will everyone else.

Should You Need to Know: The 2014 Dodge Charger offers a lot of technology. You will be impressed with the 8.4-inch touchscreen interface. It’s as cool inside as on the outside where the performance car junky will be more than thrilled.

Miles Per Gallon: I drove the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT, which came in at an average of 17 mpg, with 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Cost: The 2014 Dodge Charger SRT price tag was $52,065, with the Customer Preferred Package 21X included.

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