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2014 Dodge Charger Review

The 2014 Dodge Charger has a powerful lineup of engines and agile handling for a large car. Despite a quality interior and good safety scores, its below-average reliability and high cost of ownership relegate it near the bottom of the class. 

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engine options
  • Engaging handling
  • Quality cabin
  • Sluggish five-speed transmission
  • Below-average reliability
  • Limited rear headroom for tall passengers 




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.5
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2014 Dodge Charger Overview

Is the 2014 Dodge Charger a Good Used Car? 

The Charger’s low ranking is more an indicator of tough competition than any massive faults with the car. Its overall performance is great for a large car, and a quality interior, good passenger room, and intuitive features still make the Charger a solid pick.

Used 2014 Dodge Charger Performance and Interior

The 2014 Dodge Charger's standard engine is a 292-horsepower V6. A few different option packages raise the engine's output to 300 horsepower, using a cold-air intake and a sport-tuned exhaust. Two Hemi V8 engines are also available: a 5.7-liter makes 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque, while the Charger SRT's 6.4-liter engine produces 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. You have a choice of five- or eight-speed automatic transmissions, and the Charger is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates range from 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway down to 14/23 mpg city/highway. 

All the available engines are plenty powerful, but the five-speed transmission is outdated and doesn't shift efficiently. Even more disheartening, it's the only transmission that comes with either V8 engine. Conversely, the eight-speed automatic helps the standard V6 deliver enough satisfying muscle for most driving situations. The Charger boasts responsive steering and strong brakes, making it more fun to drive than many other large cars. And despite athletic handling, you'll still enjoy a soft and supple ride quality over rough pavement or for long trips. 

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The Dodge Charger sedan fits five people on standard cloth upholstery. A power-adjustable driver's seat comes standard. Some used models may have leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, or heated rear seats. There are also three complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second row. Most adults should have enough room in the back seat, though the Charger’s sloping roofline limits headroom for taller passengers. The Dodge’s front seats are comfortable and supportive for long drives. 

Standard features in the 2014 Charger include a USB port, a 4.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system, proximity key entry, and push-button start. Optional equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, voice recognition, satellite radio, an Alpine stereo, a Beats by Dr. Dre premium audio system, navigation, an 8.4-inch touch screen, remote start, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and a sunroof. While the standard Uconnect infotainment system is basic and underwhelming, the larger version features sharp graphics as well as intuitive controls and menus. Most materials in the Charger are high quality, and the overall design and atmosphere is upscale. 

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Used 2014 Dodge Charger Prices

Average prices of a used 2014 Charger range from around $16,900 for a base model up to about $31,300 for the performance-oriented Charger SRT-8. Listings can vary with your area of the country, and prices will depend on the car's mileage, features, and condition.

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We Did the Research for You: 34 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 34 Dodge Charger reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, cost of ownership estimates, and more – to help you decide if the Dodge Charger is the right used car for you. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Dodge Charger?

J.D. Power gives the 2014 Dodge Charger a reliability score of 2.5 out of five. A score of three out of five is considered average for all vehicles across the industry.

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How Safe Is the Charger?

The 2014 Charger has a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The car earned four out of five stars in the frontal crash test and five stars in both the side crash and rollover tests. At the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Charger received the highest possible rating of Good in four individual tests. There are no standard driver assistance or advanced safety features in the Charger, but some models may include rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Charger?

The 2014 Charger is part of a generation that began with the 2011 model year. There were only a few notable changes to the vehicle over the previous couple of years. You may be able to save money – and get a similar car – by shopping for an older model. 

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Which Used Dodge Charger Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Dodge Charger sedan is available in a multitude of trims: SE, SXT, SXT Plus, and the performance-tuned R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Road & Track, R/T Max, and SRT-8. You may be tempted by the screaming V8 power in any of the R/T models, but their outdated transmission hampers performance. For a great combination of features and value, check out the SXT Plus. It boasts conveniences like leather seats, satellite radio, an Alpine stereo, the larger Uconnect touch screen, and heated front and rear seats.

Because of the Charger’s low predicted reliability, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. 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 and models, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully. 

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2014 Dodge Charger and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Charger or 2014 Chrysler 300?

The 2014 Chrysler 300 has slightly better safety and reliability scores than the Charger, making it a marginally better car. The 300 has the same lineup of available engines as the Charger does, and its comfortable ride and lithe handling result in good performance for a large sedan. Inside, the 300 is more livable for daily use. It comes standard with the larger Uconnect system, and higher trims feature luxury-level appointments. Average prices are comparable between the two cars, so you can likely get more for your money by going with a 300. 

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Charger or 2014 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is a great choice among large cars because of its above-average reliability and upscale interior. The Impala’s average prices also beat those of the Charger by thousands of dollars. Performance is comparable between the two, with each offering three solid engine choices and stable, balanced handling. There is ample interior room, both for passengers and cargo. Because of the Impala’s combination of quality, features, value, and space, we named it our 2014 Best Large Car for the Money and 2014 Best Large Car for Families

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Charger or 2014 Dodge Challenger?

The 2014 Dodge Challenger suffers from the same low reliability as its brand sibling, and in general isn’t as good of a car. Though the Challenger has the same lineup of engines with similar horsepower ratings, the Charger has more engaging handling and a sportier drive. Both the four-door Charger and the two-door Challenger offer ample back-seat space and a nearly identical list of trims and features. A drab design and plenty of hard plastic surfaces make the Challenger feel less upscale than the Charger, despite similar average prices across each car’s range of trims. Unless you’re truly sold on the Challenger as a modern homage to a bygone era of muscle car coupes, go with a Charger.

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