Don't Touch My Seat - 2009 Dodge Challenger Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger: Don't Touch My Seat

September 03, 2009

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So last night I was the designated driver for a birthday outing in Long Beach. Figured our 2009 Dodge Challenger would be the perfect vehicle in which to transport the birthday girl and our friends. It's got lots of elbow room, sounds it's all sinister and black, to poke fun at her sadness about turning 30.

Well, that was fun but the only glitch was that at first we didn't know how to get the girl sitting behind me out of the car. For some reason, unlike the front passenger seat, the driver seat doesn't come with a lever on the seatback to move the seat forward. Just the power buttons. And we all know how long those take.

So she ended up exiting and entering through the passenger side at every stop. A minor annoyance but I wondered why it's that way. Does Dodge really think that people have the patience to work the power button to slowly slide the seat forward? And is it a "No one touches the driver seat" thing? You know, because the driver has it all configured the way he/she likes it, so why inconvenience them? Who knows? The owner's manual makes no mention of a secret driver-side lever. Just that, yes, those are the power buttons on the driver seat and that's the lever on the passenger-side seatback.

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BTW, yes, the birthday girl cheered up.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 10,469 miles

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