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2010 Dodge Charger Review

The 2010 Dodge Charger offers stand-out exterior styling and a spacious interior. When equipped with a HEMI V8, reviewers said the Charger lives up to its muscle car name. However, the Charger trails many of its less sporty rivals when it comes to safety.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V8 HEMI engine options
  • Roomy five-passenger cabin
  • Some ergonomic quirks and subpar cabin materials
  • Limited visibility from the driver’s seat
  • Low safety ratings for the class




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.7
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2010 Dodge Charger Overview

When it was new, reviewers liked the 2010 Dodge Charger’s muscle car looks, but most agreed that unless you buy the V8-powered Charger R/T or SRT8, there are better-performing 2010 large cars. They suggested avoiding the V6 Chargers for their underpowered engine and old-school four-speed automatic transmission. In terms of handling, reviewers found that the Charger handles relatively well for a car with so much heft, but thought the steering could have more feel. The Charger is available with all-wheel drive, which should appeal to those who experience harsh weather conditions.

Although the Charger has a vast amount of interior space, reviewers disliked the interior materials for their cheap look and feel. That quibble aside, test drivers appreciated the Charger’s spaciousness and logical dashboard layout, noting that the controls were easy to read and use. While other large cars have more cargo capacity, the Charger’s trunk space should be able to accommodate a road trip with ease. Standard equipment in the Charger includes cloth seats, a CD stereo and a telescoping steering wheel. With higher trims you can get dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery with front heating, Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment system, navigation, a Boston Acoustics stereo, satellite radio and a rear entertainment system.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re willing to forego the Charger’s muscle car styling, it makes sense to include the 2010 Chrysler 300 in your used car search. The 300 and the Charger were built on the same platform, and as a result, both cars share many of the same attributes and flaws. Like the Charger, the 300 is available with all-wheel drive or a V8 engine, which may appeal to performance-minded shoppers. However, the 300 also has the same negatives, including cheap interior materials, an underpowered base engine and below-average crash test scores.

The highly-ranked Ford Taurus was completely redesigned for 2010, and when it was new, reviewers were impressed by the Taurus’ interior quality, performance and styling. There’s no available V8 and the base Taurus is front-wheel drive, however, all-wheel drive is available, and the high-performance Taurus SHO should please shoppers who are considering a Charger R/T.

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