2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger: Me Likey

April 28, 2009


I've never driven an original Challenger. My sister had one in sky blue when I was a kid, but I was too little.

Last night, was my first chance behind the wheel of any Challenger. It was not what I expected. It looks big and heavy but it drives light. And it's not as loud as I thought it would be. It looks loud. When I turned the key I expected it to roar rowdily to life like our previous Ford Mustang long-termer. It has a nice note but it's subtle. I kinda wish it were more obnoxious, actually.

Visibility is good as long as you're looking forward. Backing out of my driveway this morning I couldn't see much, except my neighbor drooling over the car.

I like the pistol-grip shifter. I haven't experienced any hand-searing moments like Ed described after parking in the sun. With the shape and slant of the shifter, I kept expecting to have to push a button on top. It reminded me of a joystick and brought back memories of late night X-Wing sessions. You know, back when we used to play games on computers instead of consoles.

Lots of envious looks from South Bay boys this morning. The Challenger is our fleet's new "it" car.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Dodge Challenger in VA is:

$149 per month*
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