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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine choices
  • Athletic handling for the class
  • Minimal rear-seat headroom

New for 2012

  • New SXT, SRT8 and SRT8 Superbee trims
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.5
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2012 Dodge Charger Overview

The 2012 Dodge Charger is available with V6 and V8 engine choices, and many reviewers were satisfied with the power and acceleration provided by the base V6. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard on the base Charger, as well as the V8-powered Charger R/T and SRT8, while a new-for-2012 eight-speed automatic transmission is available on V6 models. Reviewers recommended upgrading to the eight-speed automatic, noting that it’s responsive and contributes to better fuel economy. So equipped, the 2012 Dodge Charger gets an EPA-estimated 19/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. The Charger comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available. Reviewers noted that the Charger is more entertaining to drive than other large cars, with controlled handling, accurate steering and strong brakes.

Automotive journalists said that the 2012 Charger has an attractive cabin design. They wrote that the Charger’s front seats are comfortable, but some noted that the Charger’s sloping roofline cuts into rear-seat headroom. The Charger has 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for the class. Standard features include push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, a USB/iPod input and Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment system with a 4.3-inch touch-screen display. Available features include a sunroof, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, navigation, an Alpine audio system, a Beats by Dr. Dre audio system and an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen display. Reviewers really liked the upgraded Uconnect system, which features straightforward menus and a large touch-screen display.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Chrysler 300 is also available with all-wheel drive, as well as the same engine and transmission choices that critics loved in the Charger. The 300 also comes with more standard features, and automotive journalists appreciated its luxurious interior design.

Reviewers liked the 2012 Ford Taurus’ composed handling and quiet, smooth ride. The Taurus has one of the largest trunks in the class, and critics pointed out that the Taurus has two rows of comfortable seats.

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