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2013 Dodge Charger Review

The 2013 Dodge Charger has muscular engine performance and great safety scores. However, a poor reliability rating and above-average ownership costs push this Dodge toward the back of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong acceleration
  • Composed handling
  • Limited back-seat headroom




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.5
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2013 Dodge Charger Overview

Is the 2013 Dodge Charger a Good Used Car?

A used 2013 Dodge Charger isn’t a great pick if you’re shopping for a previously owned large car. The Charger may have muscle-car looks, potent engine choices, and an upscale interior, but its poor reliability rating and slim rear-seat headroom make it hard to recommend. There are better used full-size sedan options, including the 2013 Buick LaCrosse and 2013 Toyota Avalon.

Used 2013 Dodge Charger Performance and Interior

The Dodge Charger has three engine options. Charger SE and SXT models have a 292-horsepower V6. Charger R/T models have a 370-horsepower V8, and Charger SRT8 and Super Bee models have a 470-horsepower V8. A five-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available for both the V6 and R/T V8; an eight-speed automatic is available for V6 models only.

The V6 is the best option for most shoppers. It offers a nice compromise between performance and fuel economy – especially when paired with the responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. The V6 hauls the Charger up to speed confidently and provides robust passing power, yet it still earns 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The V8 engines certainly feel brawnier at low speeds, and they can hustle the Charger from zero to 60 mph in around 5 seconds. However, this extra punch drops fuel economy to 16/25 mpg city/highway for R/T models and 14/23 mpg city/highway for the SRT8 and Super Bee.

Regardless of the engine, the Charger has well-rounded handling. Its suspension soaks up most bumps and dips in the road comfortably, and it manages to keep the car stable around sharp turns. The power steering is quick and nicely weighted as well, and the brakes slow the car with composure. SRT8 models in particular feel more agile, thanks to their adaptive suspension, which can adjust between comfort and track settings.

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The Dodge Charger is a four-door sedan with seating for five. The front seats are comfy, offering fine lateral support. There’s ample headroom up front and generous legroom in both rows. However, the Charger’s sloping roofline makes rear headroom tight for taller passengers. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The Charger has 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average by class standards. The rear seats can fold in a 60/40 split to accommodate larger items.

Outside, the Charger sports aggressive and angular styling. Inside, it feels far more subdued and upscale. The dashboard is elegantly styled and has driver-oriented controls. Most of the cabin materials look and feel high-quality, though there are a few cheap plastics here and there. The Charger truly impresses with its Uconnect infotainment system, which is available in 4.3-inch and 8.4-inch touch-screen sizes. Both feature very simple on-screen menus. There are also redundant knobs and buttons, which make it easy to adjust audio and climate control settings in a hurry.

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Used 2013 Dodge Charger Prices

The price of a used 2013 Charger ranges from about $12,500 for a base model to $25,100 for a SRT8 model. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Dodge Charger?

The Charger has poor reliability, earning a score of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Charger?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Charger a 2013 Top Safety Pick. The Dodge received a safety score of Good, the highest score offered, in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the sedan a perfect five-star rating in overall, side, and rollover safety, as well as four stars for front crash safety.

Dodge offers the 2013 Charger with an available rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. These features are standard in the R/T Max trim and optional in SXT, R/T, and SRT8 models.

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Is the 2013 Charger the Best Model Year to Buy?

If you’re looking for the best value, consider a used 2012 Charger. Dodge redesigned the Charger for the 2011 model year and launched the high-performance Super Bee and SRT8 models for 2012, in addition to debuting a more refined eight-speed transmission. There were no major updates for 2013 or 2014. As a result, you can save money but still find the same features and performance with used 2012 models.

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Which Used Dodge Charger Is Right for Me?

Dodge offers the 2013 Charger in seven main trim levels. The base Dodge Charger SE model has a V6, a 4.3-inch touch screen, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, a USB input, keyless entry, cruise control, cloth seats, air conditioning, power windows, and alloy wheels.

The Dodge Charger SXT adds an 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, remote start, dual-zone climate control, heated seats (front), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and fog lights. Leather seats and heated rear seats are available. The Charger R/T trim adds a V8 engine. The R/T Road & Track trim adds heated and ventilated front seats. The R/T Max trim adds a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, and a full suite of active safety equipment. Many of these features were optional in lower trim levels.

The Dodge Charger Super Bee adds a more powerful V8, larger brakes, bolstered front seats, and an SRT rear spoiler and grille. The Charger SRT8 adds an adaptive suspension.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Charger. For certified pre-owned Dodge vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Dodge CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Dodge Charger and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Dodge Charger or 2013 Chrysler 300?

The 2013 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger share many of the same components. In fact, both were built at the same factory and feature the same V6 and V8 engines. Both also have attractive interiors, refined handling, and user-friendly infotainment systems. The 300 offers more rear-seat headroom, making it the better pick of these two. Still, its below-average reliability rating should be noted.

Which Is Better: 2013 Dodge Charger or 2013 Ford Taurus?

The 2013 Ford Taurus has a similar appeal to the Charger. Both have crisp interior styling, a comfortable ride, muscular engine performance, and many advanced safety features. However, both also have low reliability ratings, making these vehicles a poor choice in the large car class.

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