With full size seating, a nostalgia-filled body, up to 31 mpg or 470 horsepower, the 2012 Dodge Charger is the type of car that Detroit can be proud of. To accompany sentiment and power is a wealth of innovative features; so much so that Edmunds.com has given the full-bodied sedan its 2012 Breakthrough Technology Award. Mostly responsible for the recognition is the car’s Uconnect media controller which allows for a myriad of tasks to be completed from navigation to voice-commanded phone calls. Other manufactures may offer similar features, but according to Edmunds, an industry leader in automotive reviews, Chrysler’s Uconnect beats them all for its ease of use, affordability and vast options.
“The Dodge Charger embodies some of the most modern technology available in a car today, and it’s available in a vehicle that’s within the budget of average consumers,” said Scott Oldham, editor-in-chief of Edmunds.com. Before it debuted on the new-for-2011 LX cars, Uconnect went through a rigorous development process. Chrysler engineers traveled the world to gather feedback from more than 4,100 consumers in order to find out what the public wanted out of an infotainment system. With four available screen options ranging from the standard 4.3 inches to a class-leading 8.4 inch display, the Charger’s convenience features such as the climate and radio can all be operated via the touchscreen. Refusing to lack options for users, there is also traditional controls mounted on the steering wheel and center console. Travel Link is available to give real-time weather, fuel prices, sports scores and movie listings. For 2012, the Charger rolls around even safer than before with hands-free texting, voice commands and turn-by-turn directions to keep a driver’s eyes on the road.
“Much of the technology, for example, is standard on the 2012 Dodge Charger SXT, which has a base price of $28,495 MSRP. And since the Charger is a sensible sedan, the package is that much more attractive.,” said Oldham.