The 2013 Dodge Challenger combines decades of muscle car grit with the sophistication of today’s advancements in technology and efficiency. Those thrill seekers searching for speed and agility will find it when reaching 60 mph in less than seven seconds, while others may choose to praise the impressive fuel economy hovering around 18/28 mpg city/highway in the SE. Still, with almost 15 different trim package variations, it is a challenge to predict what drivers will prefer when grasping the leather bound steering wheel of the 2013 model year.
In the world of luxury sport sedans, competition is fierce and constantly riding the coat tails of the latest and greatest addition. Thankfully, the 2013 Dodge Charger is considered one of the most recent offerings that can stand proud among the competition.
New For 2013
Although it nods to the mildly acclaimed Dodge Challenger of the 1970s, the 2013 model is expected to the win the hearts of many thanks to its perfect blend of sport-charged power and dependability. After the Challenger’s resurrection in 2008, another round of updates and improvements were seen in 2012, leaving the 2013 relatively unchanged. Still, some of the most noteworthy updates include:
- Nostalgic body styling that carried over from the 2008 model release
- New Rallye Redline model that boasts a power V-6 engine
- 15 trim package variations, including the Police, R/T, R/T AWD, R/T Max, R/T Max AWD, R/T Plus, R/T Plus AWD, R/T Road and Track, SERVICE, SRT8, and SRT8 Super bee
Today’s Charger has far surpassed its predecessor in terms of styling and trim package offerings. For the 2013 model year, the four-door, five-passenger Charger is offered in 15 different trim package configurations ranging from the modest, yet powerful SXT to the high-impact STR8 Super Bee or R/T Max. Expect to find standard 18-inch aluminum wheels and a chrome exhaust tip complimenting the hard-to-ignore, fierce front grill. The wide depth and breadth of colors are also hard to ignore and include Redline 3 Coat Pear, Jazz Blue Pearlcoat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat, Black Clearcoat, and Bright White Clearcoat.
Interior & Cargo
The sleek design along the exterior is carried over into the spacious cabin, which offers comfortable seating for all five passengers. Standard in all 2013 Challengers trim packages is a series of expected perks, including a dual-zone air conditioning system, power windows, and cruise control. The base SXT model is loaded with remote keyless entry, a telescoping steering wheel, and MP3 decoder, making it a reputable option for a lower price point. Optional navigation systems and garage door transmitters can be added to the SXT and R/T, while they are standard on the SRT8 variations. Cargo room is mainly isolated to the trunk, with 15.4 cubic feet available.
Regardless of what pulls you toward the 2013 Dodge Challenger, there are plenty of reasons to sing its praises and safety is one of them. A theft system, all-speed traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and a tire pressure monitoring systems are all found standard on every trim level. Drivers can also take comfort in the rear side-curtain and front seat-mounted airbags, along with electronic stability control and rain brake support. The SXT two-door coupe achieved an honorable four out of five stars on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-test ratings for rollover resistance.
The Dodge Challenger offers three fuel efficient engines that boast the perfect combination of speed and practicality. The 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that reaches 292 hp can be found powering the SE RWD, SXT RWD, and SXT AWD. Those searching for improved horsepower and torque can maneuver the well-equipped R/T RWD or R/T AWD, which climb to 370 hp through a boisterous 5.7-liter, V-8 engine. The most powerful SRT8 Superbee and SRT8 RWD models depend on a 6.4-liter, V-8 engine to reach 470 hp with plenty of control and handling perks readily waiting to ignite. Regardless of your engine selection, you can expect to save at the pump when compare to other cars in this class.
With plenty of trim packages to choose from, you can assume the Dodge Challenger arrives ready to compete. Behind the wheel, drivers can rely on the functional handling that balances each powerful engine and related output. Passengers ride comfortably in the spacious cabin—a win-win for everyone.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Dodge Challenger
- Chevrolet Camaro
- Ford Mustang
- Cadillac ATS
- Scion FR-S