New car reviews » 2013 Dodge Charger R/T Max AWD
This R/T is big, fast, and mates a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 to a five-speed automatic transmission and drives all four wheels. The engine is not the 6.4-liter monster in the SRT8 version, but it still packs a wallop: 370 horsepower and nearly 400 ft.-lbs. of torque.
It looks and drives like a boss, and its all-wheel drive system means you’re more likely to be able to put that power down in a controlled manner when the roads become slippery.
Other staff views:David S. Wallens Editorial Director:
Here’s a question for the peanut squad: Is the Charger the spiritual successor to our beloved Crown Vic? The Dodge’s a giant, (usually) rear-drive car that’s (usually) powered by a V8. It even comes in police flavors.
Maybe that is the best way to think about this one. It’s a throw-back—a little crude, sorry, but a throw-back nonetheless to an earlier period. This one is for people who fondly recall the land yachts of the ‘60s and ‘70s. It’s probably not going to steal people from 7 Series BMWs and big Audis.
My opinion? Good or bad, I’m one of those who dig column-shift automatics, bench seats and yards of chrome. In that respect, the Charger does well. It’s pretty decent on the highway, too, if a little floaty. Around town, just like its predecessors, it’s a tank to wheel around. Clear way, coming through.
Power? Ours isn’t going to outrun the Dukes, but it’s pretty stout. Maybe even a little surprising.
Negatives? The interior, mostly. While I give bonus points for the giant display, I couldn’t get totally comfortable behind the wheel. The seats felt just a little too flat for me, and partway through a 3-hour drive I found myself making adjustments just keep from cramping up. The interior plastics are also a tad on the cheaper side. Buick beats Dodge here, but I guess that’s always been the case in this department.
Closing arguments: No, this isn’t a BMW fighter, but I think it’s aimed at the person who wants a full-size, traditional family car.Alan Cesar Associate Editor:
Big, and surprisingly fast with that V8. This thing has to be an absolute hoot in a snowy parking lot with winter tires. You could do the best four-wheel drifts. If he can afford the gas by then, I wouldn’t be surprised to have my eventual kid brought home in a black-and-white for doing something really stupid with an AWD Charger.
It is really cheap inside, though. Nothing about the interior feels $42,000 rich, and that’s a stark contrast with its good looks outside and the nice leather seats. Plastic switchgear, mid-grade gauges. I don’t like the Charger’s dash and console layout, either; it’s just not attractive.
If you want to feel like a million bucks, get a Chrysler 300 instead. At the $32,000 base price, it buys a much more comfortable car with classier looks and just as much street presence. The 300 will get 31 mpg highway with the V6, too.
2013 Dodge Charger R/T Max AWD Specs:
- Drivetrain Layout:
- Front-engine, all-wheel-drive
- 5.7 liter V-8
- 370 bhp at 5250 rpm
- 395 lb.-ft at 4200 rpm
- disc (front)
- 4450 pounds
- Base: $32495
As tested: $41490
EPA City: 15
EPA Highway: 23
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