Of course i did just trade from a jalopie 1990 volvo, so i might just be in awe that not all cars are liek that. The aforementioned options are all nice to see on the Dodge Challenger's options list, but reviews read by TheCarConnection. Whether a base model or the top of the line, the Dodge Challenger is as crowd-pleasing and as much an aesthetic triumph as any rolling sculpture has been. On the whole, the Challenger had few drawbacks that were not obvious and inevitable. If you can live with a two-door car, the Challenger is a strikingly good deal.
For shoppers who value nimble handling over straight-line performance, the is a good option. Because performance and style are the calling card for the 2009 Dodge Challenger, safety may be overlooked. I have raced it at a drag strip and did well running a 13. The forthcoming Chevy Camaro roughly splits the difference between the two: It's as wide as the Challenger, but 7 inches shorter. Eighteen-inch rims, an upgraded stereo and heated leather seats are optional. Performance meters in the instrument clusters track acceleration and grip. It's supposed to immediately release when the gas pedal is depressed, but it seemed to take about a second longer than other systems we've used, causing a few near stalls as we slipped the clutch.
Safety Dual front airbags and tire-pressure monitors are standard on all models. All of this changes at the track. With either box, the roar of this high-revving 6. Anyone who has spent time in a Charger will feel right at home in a Challenger. Carried over from 2008, a heavy-duty five-speed automatic is available. Setup is completely voice commanded and guided by voice and onscreen prompts. Honestly I haven't had it long enough to find a con, it is a big car, very big.
In the interest of fuel economy, a relatively unobtrusive first-to-fourth default during low-rpm shifts is designed into the system, but during our entire day driving the Challengers, we only encountered the skip shift about three times. To improve fuel economy, the 5. Optional are black-hash-mark-style fender stripes that Chrysler designers liken to war paint. Both had adjustable lumbar supports. Unfortunately, not all aspects of the Dodge Challenger's interior are as well received in reviews read by TheCarConnection.
Worth note: The current Mustang doesn't offer a stability system, which a rear-wheel-drive car these days really ought to do. The Mustang also received praise for its accurate steering and athletic handling. Its overall ride quality is superior; the multilink rear wheels stay put over bumps, where the Mustang's non-independent live axle skitters about. Someday, neither will the Challenger; that day may come sooner rather than later, given Dodge has expanded the lineup with affordable V-6 and 5. Perhaps a stick shift would help things along, but Dodge says there wasn't enough demand to justify the investment, and designing a manual transmission to fit this engine would have delayed the car's arrival. But even on a track as wide and fast as Willow Springs in California, where we , the Challenger feels positively huge.
Everywhere we went, people--almost exclusively male--were giving us the thumbs up, approving nods, fist pumps, and, on one occasion, a full-on round of applause. While the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro isn't even on sale, Chevy has already announced some specifications. This car has all the look of the original. Available all-wheel drive can allay any rear-drive reservations, and the Charger returns respectable fuel economy for a car this size. Expect a far more subdued experience with automatic-equipped Hemi Challengers. Fog lights were mounted low, in the right place to cut through the mists. I didn't get this much attention when I drove Ford's new Mustang in 2005 — but I did get some, and today that Mustang no longer turns heads.
Source: Manufacturer data; excludes convertibles. I'm learning how to drive the car again. Our best 0 to 60 time was good, but still slightly off Dodge's sub-5-second claim. Underneath the neat trunk surface, we found a liftable panel which concealed a spare tire. Based on this research, TheCarConnection. The Challenger will likely be the slowest of the group, but that may not matter much.
Speaking of functional ducts, the hood scoops on all Challengers do indeed contribute to engine-bay ventilation. Inside, the styling is a mix of old and new, keeping everything in roughly the same place as the Dodge Charger while adding a unique personality and looking more upscale. Those 318s, old-timers may recall, were capable of just 150 net horsepower with the two-barrel carb used in most years. I didn't know they existed, either. If the engine's constant thrum doesn't stifle all conversation, road noise certainly will. Although the 300 will appeal to those seeking luxury, the Charger is intended to attract buyers looking for performance in the family-sedan segment. Four engines are offered in the Charger.
The low rumble sounds like a freight train passing in the distance and can be felt almost as well as it's heard. Most buyers would be wise to consider the 250-hp, 3. We typically use this intersection to gauge how well vehicles get up to speed when merging with freeway traffic, but today the straight shot and 65 mph speed limit meant that we could test the Challenger's 0 to 60 time without losing our license. The test drive will be posted in a few days. It's been refined over the years and now has variable line pressure, which boost pressure when needed and drops it when not needed, making shifts smoother and faster, while transmitting more power to the wheels — and increasing durability. Then again, the Mustang would be a handful here, too.
However, when we tried a little hip-hop or electronic, the booming bass caused the plastic door panels to vibrate, unpleasantly distorting the sound. The solution is to motor the seat forward or access the rear seat from the passenger side—very inconvenient. All that shows in the car's straight-line acceleration. Early this month, Dodge invited journalists to New York to drive the 2009 Challenger, a car whose styling is likely to have middle-aged men breaking out the Steppenwolf vinyl all over again. Verdict In all its guises, the Charger offers a refined driving experience and a commodious interior. The larger V-6 moves the Charger with much more spirit than the base engine, but it will seem a bit slow if one samples the 5.