2013 Dodge Charger Interior Design and Special Features
Though the 2013 Dodge Charger is performance and vibrant exterior styling oriented, the 2013 Dodge Charger interior is still nicely assembled of visibly richer materials in nearly every place your eye can see. The 8.4-inch touchscreen interface standard to all but the base Charger SE features large, well-marked virtual buttons, a concise menu structure and a navigation system that has addressed the bugs inherent in earlier versions.
Given that the Charger is a full-size car in most respects, everyone including those in the backseat will find a luxurious amount of space inside, though the car’s slanting roof line restricts headroom for taller backseat passengers and limits rearward visibility. The driving position is excellent even in models without multiple adjustability options for the seat. The trunk’s 15.4-cubic-foot volume is merely adequate for a large sedan, however, but 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks are standard for occasions when you need more room.
2013 Dodge Charger interior takes a more modern, sporty approach to the Charger’s cabin than Chrysler does in the 300, but the material quality is mostly good. Ours had an expansive textured-aluminum bezel extending from the instrument panel past the center touch-screen and vents. I like the use of metals and other contemporary materials, but experience shows some folks aren’t as enthusiastic. Though improved over the previous generation and decent overall, the interior quality doesn’t quite match that of the new Impala.
Many of our editors found comfort in the 2013 Dodge Charger’s front seats, but I think the upper segment of the backrest is unduly hard. The Charger offers plentiful legroom, front and rear, and though backseat headroom is more than an inch lower than some competitors, adults fit without problem. One frustrating aspect of the Charger’s backseat is its exceptionally high center floor hump, which makes the center seat less comfortable than it could be in a car that’s otherwise wide enough to accommodate three passengers across. The Impala’s backseat, though a couple inches narrower overall, has a much lower floor hump.
Controlling the Charger’s functions was a relative breeze thanks to our car’s optional Uconnect touch-screen. Multifunction control systems are unavoidable these days, and Uconnect stands out here particularly because the Taurus has one of the most frustrating executions of the optional MyFordTouch system, rife with touch-sensitive panels in lieu of real buttons. The Charger retains real buttons and rotary knobs for most of the ventilation and stereo controls, though some functions are worked into the touch-screen, including the very effective optional heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats.
The 8.4-inch touch-screen is among the largest you’ll see, and as such it’s highly legible and has enough space to present buttons along the bottom of the screen without dwarfing the map. The navigation interface, which previously was simple but low in resolution, has been updated and improved.
2013 Dodge Charger Cargo
With a volume of 15.4 cubic feet, the Charger’s trunk is on the small side for full-size sedans — below the 300′s 16.3, the Impala’s 18.8 and the Taurus’ staggering 20.1 cubic feet — but you’d never know it by looking: It’s one big trunk, and thankfully the rear seats fold flat in a 60/40 split. While some competitors offer that feature, it’s uncommon among full-size sedans once you step into the luxury space.
2013 Dodge Charger Safety
The 2013 Dodge Charger safety earned top scores of Good in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s four main crash tests, covering frontal, side and rear collisions, as well as a roof-strength test that indicates rollover protection. Not to take away from the Dodge, but these high scores are shared by most models in the organization’s large family car category. The Charger also has a top five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
2013 Dodge Charger Standard airbags include frontal, front-seat side-impact, side curtains and a driver’s knee airbag. Active-safety options include blind spot warning and forward collision warning systems. A backup camera is also optional. While the backseat is nice and wide, and accommodating overall when it comes to child-safety seats, its contoured surfaces didn’t allow us to install three seats across.
The Charger is Dodge’s best car, and one of which we’re rather fond. It’s been a top choice for roominess and comfort, and with recent mileage improvements its greatest challenges are a poor reliability history and, in a single package, the new Impala. But it also has more competition than shoppers tend to realize.
The full-size-sedan class isn’t the broadest in the market when compared with midsize and compact models, but if what you seek is simply a large sedan, options are more numerous than you might realize. Oddly enough, some supposed full-size sedans fail to be truly full-size where it matters, skimping on cabin or trunk space, or both. As reflected in the table below, the Charger, 300 and Impala provide 105 to 106 cubic feet of cabin volume along with sizable trunks. The Taurus has a remarkable 20.1-cubic-foot trunk but only 102 cubic feet in the cabin. The Buick LaCrosse is a match inside, but with a wee 10.9-cubic-foot trunk. The newly redesigned 2013 Toyota Avalon comes midpack — but so do the Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat, which typically are viewed as midsize sedans.
|Interior Volume of Full-Size and Midsize Sedans (cu. ft.)|
|’14 Chevy Impala||105||18.8|
Hard to tell the difference, right? The lines among size classes are blurry and depend on who’s doing the classifying, but there’s no mistaking the price differences. The Accord and Passat start at $22,470 and $21,640, respectively, including destination charges. The Charger is the most affordable of the others, listed at just more than $27,000. It goes to show, you have to shop around rather than act on assumption. see our gallery 2013 Dodge Charger interior bellow