The Challenger's steering wheel has a secure on-center feel at high speeds, and at lower speeds it turns with comfortably smooth — if not particularly precise — movements. The front seats are power adjustable and the driver's seat can automatically slide back when the door opens to ease entry and exit. Of the three players, Dodge seems the least prepared to survive the storm, with no announced plans of a convertible version to battle the wildly popular Mustang convertible and the upcoming , not to mention its relatively weak and heavy base V-6 model. Fuel mileage comes in at 16 city and 25 highway for rear-drive models. The Charger finished second to the newer Pontiac but drew raves for its handsome exterior styling, supportive front seats, and easy-to-use controls. Like most of the auto news industry, we also sometimes accept travel, lodging and event access for vehicle drive and news coverage opportunities. The center panels and transmission tunnel have attractive gray plastic — which is a compliment I don't often pay that sort of stuff — and the upscale chrome door handles come standard.
Available all-wheel drive can allay any rear-drive reservations, and the Charger returns respectable fuel economy for a car this size. Like the Mustang, the Challenger has narrow trunk openings both from the outside and into the backseat. This is not a subtle exhaust tuning. Fog lights are mounted low, in the right place to cut through the mists. If the engine's constant thrum doesn't stifle all conversation, road noise certainly will. .
Compared to the regular 5. One of the beauties of Brembo's brake calipers is the stiffness under pressure. Safety The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the Challenger. This Challenger is refined yet intoxicating, puts a smile on my face every time I get in it, and total strangers give me the thumbs up. Acceleration from anything near the right gear is fast and brutal. The center lights may look as though they're high beams, but in reality they're standard amber parking lights, and they look quite handsome when they're lit, day or night though of course they're easier to see at night. The surfaces are all soft-touch, including the textured interior door handles.
Over our 450 miles of mostly highway driving, we got 15. Both rear passengers have to come in through the passenger door, unless you have the patience to position the driver's seat all the way forward and then slowly let it go back again. Find out how it behaved after the jump. Expect a far more subdued experience with automatic-equipped Hemi Challengers. The Grand Cherokee handily beats the aforementioned competitors with 34. It's sweet music when you can let it all out, which isn't often and doesn't last very long, with 425 horses hooked up directly to the rear wheels.
An expert driver devoting attention to his or her work could probably do it more smoothly than the automated system, but there's something to be said for having the car do it for you, too. Most of the dash is still covered in hard plastic, but the finish is better than most of Chrysler's past and current offerings. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. Dodge scores two out of three: The Challenger boasts a well-mannered ride and respectable interior, but the more affordable trims don't offer the sort of straight-line performance that muscle-car enthusiasts might hope for. Chrysler claims sub-five second 0-60 acceleration and 60-0 stopping of 125 feet, and this Jeep consistently lived up to those claims with a margin for error even with a second independent measuring device. The old-fashioned side lights are a wonderful touch in this penny-pinching day and age, and are one of those details that would have been cut by Daimler overseers during the dark times, along with the functional hood scoops.
Our opinions and criticism remain our own — we do not accept sponsored editorial. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557115413825 ; listingsSearchManager. This is, of course, only available with manual transmissions — there's no need for it with an automatic. All three cars will sell initially on power and looks, but barring a vast increase in gas mileage — and I'm not holding my breath — their viability depends less on performance and more on everyday livability. The trunk opening is fairly convenient, with the lights moving up with the trunk lid for a moderately low threshold. Most Challengers ride on 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels.
Obvious drawbacks include getting into that back seat, filling the tank, and the constant drone and vibration of the engine. To get into first smoothly requires a decent push on the gas pedal which vrooms the engine. Ford does not provide performance numbers, so acceleration figures are from MotorWeek tests for current-generation V-6 Mustang. Most buyers would be wise to consider the 250-hp, 3. And it feels even huger on the tight, narrow Raceway Park course, which feels no wider than a driveway in certain spots. Front passengers also get two cupholders, which is handy since, as previously noted, you need a place to dump your keys.
This review covers the 2009 model in all its variants. Wider folks, however, might find their hug a touch too snug. Given the Jeep's thirst for gasoline, the price difference will take you a long way, and we would be surprised if there aren't discounts to be had, too. It is satisfying to press the starter button which, if your foot isn't on the brake and clutch pedals, simply turns on the accessory power and hear that huge motor rumble to a start, but a key in the dashboard would do the trick and be less complex. And the differences are subtle. Outward sightlines are hampered by thick pillars, fixed rear headrests, a low roof, and a long hood.
They sold me a 2013 Toyota Highlander, with only 42,000 miles on it. This is a classic American muscle-car engine with a throaty growl and gobs of torque anywhere in the rev-range. Source: Manufacturer data; excludes convertibles. Some people refused to believe it was a new model. The suspension is tight but not punishing, soaking up pavement problems and keeping a firm grip on the road but not jiggling passengers.
The rear wheels push wide at your right foot's discretion, but they're easy enough to rein in, so four-wheel power slides become part of the fun. Although 368 hp is likely overkill, the 5. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. The brake lights stand out from the standard running lights; and the reverse light is behind the white center lens, creating a snazzy effect that may well stun other drivers into actually slowing down for a reversing Dodge. The power keeps on coming long past that; quarter-mile times are going to be impressive.