2012 Dodge Charger SXT road test: A sophisticated sedan dressed for street-cred

2012 Dodge Charger SXT, price and key specifications, as tested

Base price: $28,495

As tested: $32,110 (includes $825 destination charge)

Standard comfort/convenience features include 6-speaker premium audio system, UConnectd information and entertainment system, Bluetooth voice command, dual-zone climate control, 12-way power driver seat.

Options

Blacktop package includes paddle shifters, sport mode, upgraded sound system, gloss black aluminum wheels, gloss black honeycomb grille, performance suspension, sport cloth bucket seats: $1,795

Navigation/Rear Back-up Camera Group includes 1-year satellite radio service, Uconnect Touch information and entertainment system: $995

Body style/layout: Rear-wheel-drive four-door sedan

Engine

  • Type: 3.6-liter, 24-valve, V-6
  • Displacement, cc: 3604
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Block/head material: aluminum
  • Compression ratio: 10.2:1
  • Horsepower: 292 @6350 rpm
  • Torque: 260 lb.ft.@ 4800 rpm
  • Recommended fuel: unleaded regular
  • Fuel economy, EPA est.: 19/31 mpg city/highway
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Fuel economy, observed: 23.8 mpg

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Chassis/Suspension

  • Suspension, front/rear: independent SLA, five-link
  • Wheels: 20 x 8.0 aluminum
  • Tires: 245/45R20
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Brakes: four-wheel disc; 12.6-inch dia. front/12.6-inch dia. rear

Steering: Power rack-and-pinion
Turning circle: 38.7 feet

Dimensions

  • Wheelbase: 120.2 in.
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Length: 199.9 in.
  • Height: 58.4 in.
  • Width: 75 in.
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Curb weight: 3,996 pounds
  • Trunk volume: 16.5 cu. ft.
  • Fuel Tank: 19.1 gal.

Safety

  • Airbags: Front, front side, head/torso
  • Anti-lock brakes: Yes; Traction control: Yes; Stability control: Yes; Electronic brake-force distribution: Yes; Brake assist: Yes
  • Other: crumple zones, child-seat anchors, reactive head restraints

Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile basic; 5-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain