A lot of people who enjoyed the big engines of the 1960s and 1970s have a family now, which is why the four-door 2012 Dodge Charger may be a great fit. While both are sports cars that fit four adults, they obviously serve different markets. The Dodge Charger is available with a V6 with good fuel economy though slightly slow pedal response, or a V8 that can rip up asphalt. Either way, the packaging brings one back to the 1960s.
That makes it unlike any other sedan on the market, although the menacing lines can make the rear seats a bit of a tight fit. That extends to the trunk, too, which offers 15.4 cubic feet to pack up. The trim lines available manage to offer comfort with power, power without a ton of amenities, and both to accommodate the majority of the public. All models get a six-speaker stereo system with iPod/USB connectivity, as well as a lauded 8.4-inch infotainment screen.
Handling is crisp, even for how large it is. That is partly due to the strong brakes, and partly due to the available all-wheel drive. Keep in mind, of course, that rear-wheel drive can have the wheels stepping out in turns, especially in wet weather. In spite of those options and the gigantic engines, it’s one of the more affordable cars in its class.
Expect most models to offer a comfortable interior that gives as much peace of mind as the five-star government crash test rating, and the best possible rating from the Insurance Institute for highway safety. The Nissan Maxima has similar power numbers, but fuel economy is worse, and it can cost several thousand more dollars. The Mazda6 has modern styling and is much less expensive, but has less power and will never induce nostalgia. The Charger isn't a luxury car like the Cadillac CTS, but is thousands of dollars cheaper. Japanese sedans generally don't offer much sport, and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Nissan 370Z can suffer from tight cabins. With the looks, and the power, and the four doors, there's a lot to like about the Dodge Charger. There are five trim lines to choose from, enough for each buyer to find something they like.
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