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2010 Dodge Charger Trims

3.5L AWD

6 national listings
Avg. Price: $17,383

Base

1 national listing
Avg. Price: $15,550

A pussycat in tiger’s clothing, the 2010 Dodge Charger Base is, nonetheless, tolerably well equipped, boasts a V6 engine, seats five, and sports four doors and over 16 cubic feet of trunk space. Standard appearance, comfort, and convenience amenities include 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth front bucket seats, keyless entry, power windows, door locks, and mirrors, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, front and overhead storage consoles, and a single-CD player with 66 watts of power and four speakers. Options for the Charger Base trim are limited to traction and stability control, as well as front and rear head curtain airbags. These available safety features add to such standard safety equipment as four-wheel disc brakes and passenger airbag deactivation.

The 2010 Charger Base is powered by a somewhat anemic 2.7-liter V6, managed by a less-than-ideal four-speed automatic transmission. This pairing puts out 178 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque, meaning that any challenges thrown the Base Charger’s way at lights and on the highway ought to be ignored. The EPA estimates the 2.7-liter V6 to get a tepid 18/26 mpg.

Fleet AWD

3 national listings
Avg. Price: $17,131

Police

Avg. Price: $12,928

R/T

Avg. Price: $21,648

As its R/T designation implies, the 2010 Dodge Charger R/T can, with the appropriate available modifications, become a true road-and-track (R/T) beast. After all, this five-passenger sedan begins to flex its muscle with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that’s encouraged by its standard five-speed auto-manual transmission to put out 368 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. Various available suspension tweaks, wheel upgrades, and badging produce one lean, mean, good-looking track (and road) machine.

The 2010 Charger R/T flaunts, as well, a few additional amenities over its SXT siblings including leather-trimmed bucket seats, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and six Boston Acoustics speakers pounding out 276 watts of sound. Options and safety features for the R/T include all of those available with its SXT brethren, as well as the R-Package with 20-inch wheels, front and rear spoilers, heated front seats, and dual exhausts. Also available is the P-Package that includes a 368-watt amplifier, a Boston Acoustics subwoofer, and remote start.

R/T AWD

13 national listings
Avg. Price: $21,697

Bringing all the standard amenities and optional goodies that endow its rear-wheel-drive brethren to the table, the 2010 Dodge Charger R/T AWD also offers full-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction and safety. This AWD system features the usual mechanical center differential to provide power to all four wheels all the time. Impress friends and family by taking this muscle car through snow and mud, then onto the track with nary a hitch.

The 2010 Charger R/T AWD retains, of course, the standard 368-hp, 395-lb-ft/torque 5.7-liter Hemi V8 along with its accompanying five-speed auto-manual transmission. Expect only 16/23 mpg with the AWD powertrain.

R/T Plus

Avg. Price: $22,510

R/T Plus AWD

8 national listings
Avg. Price: $23,468

Rallye

Avg. Price: $17,491

Rallye AWD

4 national listings
Avg. Price: $17,708

SE

Avg. Price: $15,560

SRT8

Avg. Price: $30,228

Say what you want to about Chrysler Corporation, but the 2010 Dodge Charger SRT8 is living proof that nostalgia and purebred V8 horsepower still sell. This muscle-bound sedan, with its 6.1-liter OHV V8 engine and five-speed auto-manual transmission, flips off the EPA to the tune of 425 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, all of those ponies herded by a standard limited-slip rear differential. Sheiks and South American dictators, meanwhile, laugh all the way to their various Swiss banks at the SRT8's 13/19 mpg.

The bulked up 2010 Charger SRT8 adds suede-accented leather-trimmed sport bucket seats, sport-tuned suspension and steering, remote start, trip computer, universal remote garage-door opener, and available 13-speaker Kicker premium audio system and HID headlights to the best of what the lower Charger trims have to offer. Face it, the SRT8 screams like a banshee, handles like a deranged dream, pampers like an English butler, and looks like a million bucks. Needless to say, the SRT8 is offered in only a rear-wheel-drive version.

SXT

Avg. Price: $14,919

Dodge’s 2010 Charger SXT sports a number of additions to the Base trim's offerings, including an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated mirrors, and satellite radio. Additional options include a power sunroof, rear-seat Sirius satellite video entertainment, upgraded wheels and suspension packages, a rear spoiler, Boston Acoustics premium audio components, Bluetooth technology, DVD navigation, and leather upholstery and trim accents. As well, standard ABS, ESP traction and stability control, and front and rear head airbags keep the SXT up to date safety-wise.

One further improvement the rear-wheel-drive Charger SXT gains over its Base sibling is its laudable 3.5-liter V6 engine. Though still under the tutelage of the past-its-prime four-speed automatic, the 3.5-liter V6 still manages a respectable 250 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Of course, gas mileage suffers a bit at 17/25 mpg.

SXT AWD

Avg. Price: $17,537

Adding all-wheel drive (AWD) to all the standard SXT amenities and safety features, as well as offering identical options and available packages, the 2010 Dodge Charger SXT AWD five-passenger sedan brings the family through almost any inclement weather in style and comfort. A mechanical center differential ensures power gets to all four wheels all the time.

The 250-hp, 250-lb-ft/torque 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s standard in the 2010 Charger SXT AWD is paired with a standard five-speed auto-manual transmission for at least a hint of what this 98-pound weakling could become. The SXT AWD is estimated to get 17/23 mpg.