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2012 Dodge Charger Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Dodge Charger was new.


Interior: 7.8

With the exception of a few minor quirks with its optional navigation system, reviewers remain pleased with the 2012 Dodge Charger’s interior. The Charger’s cabin gets high marks for its solid build quality and upscale materials, which include fabric-covered pillars and aluminum trim on the dash. The Charger offers spacious seats up front, but some reviewers note that headroom is in short supply for taller rear-seat passengers.

  • "While its sloping roof line cuts into some rear headroom, the Charger otherwise offers the comfort you'd expect from a large sedan, with plenty of rear seat legroom and a reasonably big trunk. Its interior design is also a cut above most other family sedans." -- Edmunds
  • "There's also the color dashboard display, instead of a black-and-white view. Bright-hued readouts on the driver information display, and on the center screen for stereo, climate settings and more. Silly? No, easier to see and read, so less distracting. (OK, it looks sweet, too.)" -- USA Today 
  • "Inside, fit and finish were good; the materials used much improved, in a layout that will be familiar to any driver." -- MarketWatch 
  • "And while, even just a few years ago, Dodges were lacking in the tech department, the 2012 Charger remedies the situation with enough gadgetry to satisfy even the geekiest driver: an 8-inch touchscreen controls climate, nav, sound, and communication that includes hands-free texting." -- Men’s Journal 
  • "While I wouldn't say the Charger's new interior surpasses the Ford Taurus' cabin, which is pretty good, it definitely matches it." -- Cars.com  


Reviewer opinion on the 2012 Charger’s seats is somewhat mixed. The automotive press generally agrees that the Charger’s interior is roomy, but a few critics point out that there might not be enough headroom in the back for taller passengers. Up front, some note that it’s easy to find a good driving position, and that visibility in the restyled Charger is improved. One reviewer commented that the Charger could benefit from more side bolstering to keep him in place.

  • "Cabin space is excellent in the Charger, though the car's slanting roof line restricts headroom for taller backseat passengers and limits rearward visibility." -- Edmunds  
  • "Seats might not suit all. Too much lumbar bulge for some. Physiques differ, and yours might be well served." -- USA Today 
  • "There was plenty of room up front for two adults, even with a sun roof, but the back seat is strictly for tiny tots only." -- MarketWatch 
  • "This rear-facing car seat fit well. There was no need to move the front passenger seat forward to fit it." -- Mother Proof 
  • "The Charger is not just any sedan, but a full-size one fully capable of carrying full-size adults with full-size femurs. It’s that big. Heck, an NBA player could sit comfortably in the back -- and with the front door fully open, it would take someone of that height to reach out and grab the handle." -- Road and Track 
  • "The Charger's front bucket seats, which were finished in leather in our test car, are quite soft. They're a little too spongy for my tastes, and they didn't do much to keep me in place when cornering quickly; I easily slid over the limp side bolsters." -- Cars.com 

Interior Features

Inside, reviewers are generally pleased with the 2012 Dodge Charger’s controls. They like the optional 8.4-inch touch-screen navigation system, which some say is among the best they’ve tested. However, not all test drivers found the system flawless. The optional navigation system is powered by Garmin software, which means it’s easy to use, but one reviewer states that it doesn’t always respond well to voice commands.

  • "We're big fans of the available 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, which features large, well-marked ‘buttons’ and a clear menu structure." -- Edmunds 
  • "The voice-control for the navi can't always understand you. Never could find the Obama residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C., no matter how clearly or casually the address was enunciated. It did manage to find an amazing number of other cities with a 1600 Pennsylvania." -- USA Today 
  • "The Garmin-supplied navigation system is displayed through a large eight-inch color screen situated right at the top of the dash. While it was easy enough to program, I still do not approve of systems that try to guess where you want to go and blank out numbers and letters you are trying to punch in. This is not the time for ‘Wheel of Fortune.’" -- MarketWatch 
  • "The UConnect 8.4N radio features an enormous eight-inch touch screen with navigation supplied by Garmin. A simple and intuitive interface plus voice-activated controls for the phone, radio and Sirius Travel Link make this one of the best factory navigation systems we've tested." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The big LCD works as a clearinghouse for the Uconnect infotainment system. From this central location you can operate the navigation, audio system and your Bluetooth-equipped phone. The graphics are razor sharp and the human/machine interface proved intuitive." -- Autoblog 


Reviewers generally agree that the Charger’s 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space is adequate, but rivals like the Ford Taurus have more room for cargo. Additionally, one reviewer notes that the trunk lid opens too high for shorter drivers.

  • "The trunk's 15.4-cubic-foot volume is merely adequate for a large sedan, although 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks are standard for occasions when you need more room." -- Edmunds 
  • "Trunk lid lifts too high for less-tall users to easily reach and close. And the trunk, while adequate, is space-stingy by full-size car standards." -- USA Today 

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