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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2010 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles.
Dodge Charger
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What is it? The redesigned 2011 Dodge Charger has received an evolutionary update that gives it a lower, more aggressive profile, accented by side body coves and a heritage-inspired rear treatment.

Inside, the cockpit is notably updated with a new dash design that is fitted with the corporate-look instrument panel previewed on other models. Beyond appearance, attention has been paid to sound damping, by isolating powertrain, road, and wind noise. The quieter cabin lends the car a more refined feel.

That character carries over with powertrain and suspension. The base engine will be the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that is promulgating across the Chrysler Group portfolio. It marks a significant improvement in power, manners, and sound quality over the retired 3.5-liter V6. A Hemi V8 remains the step-up choice, likewise with more power for 2011. Official figures have not been released.

The Charger will again be offered in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. Based on a brief drive, the revised suspension improves the ride and helps the car to feel more mature.

For 2011, Charger struts with a variety of standard and optional technologies, such as keyless entry and push-button start, Garmin navigation system, rainy-day safety mode, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, cross-path detection, and rearview camera.

When will it be available? End of 2010.

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