2014 Dodge Charger and Challenger Special Editions Photo Gallery (24 Photos)


To celebrate the brand's centennial, Dodge unveiled special editions of the 2014 Charger and Challenger at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The cars are hard to miss with their exclusive High Octane Red Pearl exterior paint.

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Aside from the red-hot exterior, both special edition packages feature special wheels, commemorative badges, leather interior and other unique cabin appointments. Click here for more info, and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2013 | Comments (1)

Dodge's Centennial Brings Special Editions to 2014 Charger, Challenger


In addition to a Charger- or Challenger-shaped birthday cake with 100 candles that will surely be served at its headquarters, Dodge is releasing special editions of the 2014 Charger and 2014 Challenger to commemorate the brand's centennial.

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Both packages feature an exclusive and optional High Octane Red Pearl exterior color, special wheels, commemorative badges, leather interior and other interior appointments. In all, it's about what you'd expect in a centennial package, plus a little extra.

By Joe Bruzek | November 19, 2013 | Comments (3)

What It's Like to Drive a Police Car


Note: Impersonating a law enforcement officer is a felony. Do not try this at home.

You might think that driving a new SRT Viper or Ferrari 458 Italia makes you king of the road. You feel empowered, intimidating - you know that few other cars out there look like yours, could beat you in a race to the next stoplight or could catch you if you robbed a bank. Few other cars could - except the one I'm driving.

I'm behind the wheel of a 2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit: a Hemi-powered, rear-wheel-drive, black-and-white, honest-to-goodness cop car. I'm driving it through rush-hour Detroit traffic, with fully operational lights and sirens right there at my fingertips. The temptation to push buttons is overwhelming, but my desire to not be charged with felony impersonation of a police officer continues to win out, thankfully.

By Aaron Bragman | November 15, 2013 | Comments (6)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Mileage Results


A mileage drive with full-size sedans is the 200-mile trek editors have been yearning for, because if we're going to spend all day in cars evaluating gas mileage, they might as well be large, comfy, feature-laden sedans.

Our route west of Chicago consisted mostly of highway driving with slower stoplight-to-stoplight traffic driving sprinkled in. We observed average speeds of around 40 mph, according to various onboard computers.

Surprises were minimal.

By Joe Bruzek | September 8, 2013 | Comments (4)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Golf Bags


When you put seven of the biggest sedans on the market into one contest one thing comes to mind ... those gigantic trunks.

All seven boast large dimensions on paper ranging from 14.2 cubic feet to a whopping 20.1 cubic feet in the Ford Taurus. That's the largest trunk on the market by the way.

But sometimes specifications on paper don't live up to reality. To test the true cargo capabilities of these cruisers we gathered 10 golf bags to see which car could haul the most drivers, irons and putters.

We were a bit surprised at just how many actually swallowed all 10 sets, and those that fell short still proved that car shoppers likely won't have to worry about cargo when cross-shopping these seven.

Here is how the contenders stacked up with animation of the process.

By David Thomas | September 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

2013 Dodge Charger: Car Seat Check

Dodge's largest sedan is among the roomiest and most affordable in the class. Although the Charger's backseat offers plenty of space, fixed outboard head restraints affected the fit of our child safety seats. That issue combined with stiff seat cushions and buried Latch anchors made it tough to install all four of our test seats.

By Jennifer Geiger | September 5, 2013 | Comments (2)

2013 Dodge Charger: Test Car Gallery


With bold styling, impressive ride quality and affordable prices, Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder said the 2013 Dodge Charger charges to the front of the large-car class. Wiesenfelder tested an all-wheel-drive Charger R/T and found it took a backseat only to the newly redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala; the Charger was redesigned in 2011 and added new powertrains the following year, but remains relatively the same for 2013.

The all-wheel-drive R/T's 5.7-liter V-8 is good for 370 horsepower, 395 pounds-feet of torque and a zero-to-60 mph time of less than 5.4 seconds; it's mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and gets an estimated fuel economy of 15/23 city/highway. It starts at $33,490, including a $995 destination charge. The Charger is also available in trims including the rear-wheel-drive SE, rear- or all-wheel-drive SXT, and SRT8 and SRT8 Superbee, both of which are rear-wheel drive. The Charger's starting price tops out at $46,445 for the SRT8, including destination.

By Matt Schmitz | August 23, 2013 | Comments (1)

Honda Accord, Civic Remain Top Targets for Thieves


If you own a Honda Accord or Civic, or a full-size Ford pickup truck, you might want to take a moment to make sure your auto-insurance payments are up to date. You drive one of the top three most-stolen vehicles in the U.S. That's according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's just-released "Hot Wheels" list, which examines annual vehicle-theft data submitted by law-enforcement agencies across the country to the National Crime Information Center to determine the makes and models most-frequently reported stolen during the previous year.

As in past years, Honda Accords and Civics by far were the most-stolen vehicles in 2012, totaling 58,596 and 47,037, respectively, with full-size Ford pickups coming in a distant third with 26,770 thefts. Older Accords and Civics eclipsed newer Hondas in theft frequency, which NICB attributes to improved anti-theft technology. Most of the makes and models return from the previous list; the only newcomers were the Nissan Altima (No. 9) and Nissan Maxima (No. 10), knocking the Ford Explorer and Nissan Sentra off this year's roster.

By Matt Schmitz | August 20, 2013 | Comments (4)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


The 2013 Toyota RAV4, a long-term tenant of the top spot on our list of most-read reviews, has at last vacated the premises to make way for our new No. 1, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The 2014 Infiniti Q50, 2013 Dodge Charger and 2013 BMW 3 Series follow at Nos. 2, 3 and 4. And, finally, refusing to drop out of sight entirely, the RAV4 rounds out the top five. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50
3. 2013 Dodge Charger
4. 2013 BMW 3 Series
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2013 Toyota Avalon
8. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
9. 2013 Chrysler 300
10. 2013 Ford Fusion
By Matt Schmitz | August 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Dodge Charger


Dodge's Charger is a competitive member of the large-car class, but the redesigned-for-2014 Chevrolet Impala might just give it a run for its money. Still, bold styling, impressive ride quality and affordable prices put the Charger at the head of the pack, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder.

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By Jennifer Geiger | August 15, 2013 | Comments (2)

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