2014 Dodge Charger is a powerful, easy-handling muscle car

The 2014 Dodge Charger is big, tough and nimble, the ultimate combination of Dodge power, handling and styling.

The Charger is available in SE, SXT and SXT Plus models and comes standard with a lightweight 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 aluminum engine that delivers up to 31 mpg highway (all-wheel-drive models get up to 27 mpg).

The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and steering wheelmounted paddle shifters have been added, along with a Sport Mode for faster gear changes and higher revs, better acceleration and higher shift dynamics. For even more control, you can use the paddle shifters and view gear selection through the color Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) in the instrument cluster. With Rallye, Blacktop or Redline packages, the V- 6 adds a cold air induction system to generate 300 hp and 31 mpg. With the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 under the hood, Charger R/T models ramp up to 370 hp and deliver up to 25 mpg on the highway, with the innovative four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology.

Charger SE—Is nicely styled and is well equipped for comfort, handling, and value. It has the 17-inch aluminum wheels, signature racetrack taillights with 164 LEDs, integrated dual exhaust, capless fuel fill, active front head restraints, seven airbags, acoustic laminated windshield and front side glass, Uconnect with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, ESC, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Brake Assist, Rain Brake Support, Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push-button start, power driver’s seat, power windows, power locks with remote keyless entry, power mirrors, 4.3-inch electronic vehicle information center, air conditioning with dual-zone control, steering wheelmounted cruise control and audio control.

Charger SXT — Adds new eight-speed automatic transmission for up to 31 mpg highway. Standard equipment includes foglights, Uconnect with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, automatic-dimming rearview mirror, SiriusXM Radio with 12-month subscription, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, leather-wrapped shift knob, automatic dual-zone climate control with individual driver/passenger settings, front overhead console with LED dome lamp, HomeLink universal transceiver, Alpine premium audio system with six speakers and 276-watt eight-channel amplifier, 12-way power driver and front-passenger seats, including four-way power lumbar, heated front seats and heated poweradjustable mirrors, remote start, and more. Rides on 20-inch wheels and has a rear spoiler. Starting MSRP is $30,590.

Charger SXT Plus — Has six-cylinder efficiency and premium technologies; includes features of the SXT and adds 18- inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, premium Nappa leather seating, heated first- and second-row seats, 12-way power driver and passenger seats, heated steering wheel, vehicle security alarm, LED-illuminated frontrow overhead lighting and LED-illuminated footwells. MSRP is $32,290.

Charger SXT & SXT Plus offer the Blacktop Package that adds 20-inch Gloss Black Aluminum Wheels, gloss black grille, Beats Premium Audio, 300 hp V-6, paddle shifters and sport seats for $1,795 more.

Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com

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