Changes for the 2014 Dodge Charger:
For 2014, the Charger SXT is offered with a new Wheel Sport Appearance Group that adds 20-inch chrome wheels, a performance suspension, and a body-color rear spoiler. The Charger SXT can also be equipped with a new Redline Package, in addition to carryover Blacktop and Rallye Packages. A new AWD Sport model debuts, equipped with a V-6 or a V-8 engine. New colors include Header Orange, TorRed, and Plum Crazy.
The 2014 Dodge Charger is sold in four primary model series called SE, SXT, R/T, and SRT.
Within all except the SE lineup, sub-trim levels and special edition models are available. The Charger SXT is offered as the SXT Plus, Blacktop, Rallye and Redline models, while the Charger R/T is available in Plus, Road & Track, and Max trim. Order the optional all-wheel-drive system, and a Sport trim level is available.
The Charger SRT, formerly the SRT8, is a performance-tuned version of the Charger available in standard trim or as a de-contented SuperBee heritage model.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 3.6-liter V-6 engine making 292 horsepower is standard for the Charger SE and SXT. In the Charger SE, it is connected to a 5-speed automatic transmission that drives the car’s rear wheels. In the Charger SXT, an 8-speed automatic transmission is standard. In the Blacktop, Rallye, and Redline models, the V-6 makes an even 300 horsepower and the transmission includes paddle shifters and a Sport driving mode.
Choose the Charger R/T, and this full-size family sedan gets a 5.7-liter “Hemi” V-8 engine making 375 horsepower. A 5-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick manual shifting is standard. A 6.4-liter “Hemi” V-8 engine making 475 horsepower is standard for the Charger SRT, paired with a 5-speed AutoStick transmission.
All-wheel drive is optional with the V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8 engines, equipped with an active transfer case and a front axle disconnect system to maximize fuel economy.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
In combined driving, the Charger SE is rated to get 21 mpg, the Charger SXT is expected to return 23 mpg (21 mpg with AWD), and the Charger R/T delivers 18 mpg regardless of drivetrain choice. The Charger SRT returns 17 mpg in combined driving, and buyers pay a gas-guzzler tax of $1,000.
In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the Charger receives an overall rating of 5 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Charger a “Good” rating in all assessments except for the difficult new small overlap frontal impact test, for which the car had not yet been tested as this summary was written.
All Chargers except the base SE model are equipped with a Uconnect 8.4-inch color touchscreen infotainment system with hands-free text messaging. Navigation, a premium Beats by Dr. Dre audio system, and heated and cooled cupholders are available, as well as safety features including Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, SmartBeam headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.