2014 Dodge Charger

J.D. Power Award Recipient
Find Another Dodge Charger
$26,995-$46,385
$25,966-$44,770
16 CITY / 26 HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability

Overview

What's New for 2014:
  • Performance-oriented Redline package
  • Exterior paint colors

Introduction
The 2014 Dodge Charger is a 5-passenger, full-size sedan available with rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability, 6- or 8-cylinder power, and four primary trim levels. Competitors include the Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis, Kia Cadenza, and the Toyota Avalon.

Models and Features
Shoppers considering the 2014 Dodge Charger have their choice of several unique trim levels, starting with the base SE. Though the most affordable of the bunch, this version of Dodge's popular 4-door sedan comes equipped with features including dual-zone climate control, LED interior accent lighting, push-button start, and a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system with iPod compatibility.

One step up from the SE is the Charger SXT, which adds heated mirrors, automatic climate control, 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system bundled with a 276-watt sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, remote start, and heated power seats with 12-way adjustment for the driver. An available SXT Plus trim level ups the ante just a bit more with leather upholstery, power front-passenger seat with 12-way adjustment, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, and chrome 18-inch alloy wheels.

Next are four R/T variants: R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Road & Track, and R/T Max. The most basic of these includes HID headlights, sport bucket seats wrapped in cloth upholstery, upgraded brakes, and a performance-tuned suspension. With the R/T Plus, buyers also get leather upholstery, while the R/T Road & Track Charger is distinguished by its honeycomb grille, rear spoiler, power-adjustable pedals, heated and cooled front seats with suede inserts, and 20-inch alloy wheels. That leaves only the R/T Max, with its heated and cooled cupholders, navigation system, 10-speaker high-end audio system, and safety technologies including intelligent cruise control, blind-spot monitoring system, forward-collision warning, rear park-assist sensors, and a rear cross-path detection system.

For the high-performance SRT Charger, the automaker has separated the lineup into Super Bee and Premium trim levels. Standard content for the former includes a rear spoiler, dual-zone climate control, embroidered front seats, launch control, and an SRT-tuned chassis, while the latter is treated to HID headlights, heated front and rear seats and cupholders, premium leather trim, the navigation system, and more. Both Charger SRT models provide buyers with access to a one-day high-performance driving training program.

Options and Packages
To say that the 2014 Dodge Charger is available with several options would be an understatement. From a safety-oriented Adaptive Cruise Control package to multiple Sport Appearance packages and both Driver Convenience and Driver Confidence packages, the company has successfully covered the gamut of extras. Among the more notable highlights are a Charger Blacktop package with upgraded audio, Gloss Black exterior details, and a cold-air induction system that boosts engine output; Super Track Pak offering high-performance tires and suspension components; and a Laguna Premium Leather package.

Under the Hood
Dodge equips the SE, SXT, and SXT Plus versions of the 2014 Charger with its so-called Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine. In standard guise, this engine produces 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, figures that jump to 300 and 264, respectively, when the Rallye Appearance, AWD Sport, Blacktop, or Redline package is ordered. A 5-speed automatic transmission is fitted to Charger SE models, whereas the SXT and SXT Plus benefit from the use of a more advanced 8-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode and paddle shifters.

For a decidedly potent punch behind the gas pedal, Charger shoppers will want to consider one of the R/T variants, all of which feature the well-known 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that, in this application, delivers 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5-speed automatic gearbox is standard.

While that 8-cylinder engine certainly packs quite a punch, it doesn't come close to the performance experienced by drivers of the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT. Like the R/T, the SRT draws its motivation from a Hemi V-8, though this one uses its 6.4 liters of displacement to generate 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. Again, the 5-speed automatic is the sole transmission choice, but it has been tweaked for SRT duty with the addition of a track mode.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2014 Dodge Charger are:
  • Charger RWD with 6-cylinder engine and 5-speed automatic transmission: 18/27/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Charger RWD with 6-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission: 19/31/23 mpg
  • Charger RWD with 5.7-liter 8-cylinder engine and 5-speed automatic transmission: 15/25/18 mpg
  • Charger AWD with 6-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission: 18/27/21 mpg
  • Charger AWD with 5.7-liter 8-cylinder engine and 5-speed automatic transmission: 15/23/18 mpg
  • Charger SRT RWD with 6.4-liter 8-cylinder engine with 5-speed automatic transmission: 14/23/17 mpg

Safety and Ratings
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Dodge Charger received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 Dodge Charger received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for moderate frontal-offset crash protection.

Among the 2014 Charger's standard safety features are 7 air bags, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, and bright LED taillights. Also available are several related upgrades including intelligent cruise control, a blind-spot monitoring system, and a rearview camera.

Advertisement

J.D. Power Ratings

Initial Quality Study
Powertrain Quality - Design?
Features & Accessories Quality - Design?
Body & Interior Quality - Design?
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality?
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical?
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality - Design?
Automotive Performance Execution and Layout
Comfort?
Overall Performance and Design?
Style?
Features and Instrument Panel?
Performance?
Vehicle Dependability Study
Feature and Accessory Dependability?
Body and Interior Dependability?
Powertrain Dependability?
Overall Dependability?

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

The Latest Dodge Articles:

Following the cancellation of the Dart and Viper, Dodge is left with a collection of aged cars and SUVs that rely on either low prices or massive power infusions. Find out what's new for each 2017 Dodge car, SUV, and minivan model...
Dodge is trimming its lineup for 2017. The slow-selling Dart compact sedan is cancelled, and Dodge has announced that this will be the final year of the Viper sports car. Find out what's new for each 2017 Dodge car, SUV, and minivan model...
The Dodge brand is taking advantage of the build-up to the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” with a showcase of specially themed Charger, Challenger, and Viper models on the streets of Los Angeles.
Several Dodge models will carry over from 2015 to the 2016 model year with very few changes, while some will be considerably changed. Find out what's new for every 2016 Dodge car, truck, SUV and van model in our buyer's guide.
After dropping 707 horsepower into the SRT Hellcat versions of the 2015 Dodge Challenger and 2015 Dodge Charger, product planners at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) likely didn’t require a big presentation to justify the business case.
Chrysler Group recently announced plans to make Dodge the company's performance brand, and if the 2015 model year is any indication, this is more than just marketing hype. Find out what's new for each of the 2015 Dodge cars, SUVs, and vans...
Until recently, the Dodge lineup encompassed a variety of cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and crossovers. However, with the creation of the distinct Ram Truck brand, Dodge's roster has been reduced.
This year, the big news from Dodge is the introduction of the new 2013 Dart, an entry-level sedan based on an Alfa Romeo platform and the first model to debut since Chrysler and Fiat partnered several years ago. Find out what else is new for the entire 2013 Dodge lineup...
Critical Knowledge:Rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger concept version of a plug-in all-electric sports car Chrysler intends to buildZero tailpipe emissions and 200-mile maximum driving range before recharging from either a 110-volt or a 220-volt household appliance power outletDistinctive aerodynamic design with long, low hood and Dodge crosshair grille"Tangoreen" colored exterior with EV graphicsChrysler's ENVI Electric-Vehicle Engineering Group says it has designed a drivetrain that will deliver a 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than 5 seconds with a top speed of more than 120
Critical Knowledge:New electric carTwo-seat sports coupeNo gasoline engineAll-new platform150-200 mile rangeRear-wheel drive0-60 in less than 5 secondsZero tailpipe emissionsOn sale as early as late 2010For more information: See 2011 Dodge EV Pictures Browse other Dodge models Read more Previews