|Reviewed By||Chad Tyson|
|Price as Tested||$35,380; 292-hp 3.6-liter V6; 8-sp auto w/E-Shifter|
Attractive exterior styling — the 2011 update is still as modern and striking as any other mass-produced road car. Beats Audio premium speakers pump the music (or news or stand up) loud and clear. They easily drown out the road noise at highway speeds.
Admirable handling and acceleration for a big car. The 8-speed transmission’s gearing and rapid-fire shifting aid the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 in moving the car quickly. Sport mode accentuates this.
Cheap feeling interior materials. Cloth seats are wide, and plastic is everywhere.
Downshifts are harsher than upshifts. Paddle shifters are not needed. If anything, they get in the way when turning the wheel through twisty-hill drives. The platform is a tried-and-true (but dated) Mercedes-Benz E-class setup from the mid-’90s. It’s time to see what Fiat can put under there.
There’s no lack of competition if you’re looking for a full-size car. Chevy’s Impala, Ford’s Taurus, Nissan’s Maxima, Toyota’s Avalon are some of the bigger names. None of those has the performance reputation of the Charger. But the SXT doesn’t have a 400-horsepower V8, and the aforementioned Japanese cars offer the same (if not more) tech for a cheaper price. That said, the Charger is the only one with an optional V8 and all-wheel drive.
The Charger SXT balances power and fuel economy better than most cars. I averaged 28.8 mpg on an 11-hour drive — three hours of which were strictly city driving. That ends up nearly two mpg better than advertised.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
|EPA Mileage||18 city / 27 highway / 21 combined|
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