2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test


2009 Dodge Challenger: Rear Visibility and Calling the Police

May 06, 2009

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The above picture is for those of you who asked what the rear visibility of our 2009 Dodge Challenger looked like. BTW that passenger seat is tilted all the way back. As for backing out, I myself haven't experienced any real issues with that. There was this concrete pillar in our parking garage that I couldn't see when I was in reverse but let's just say it was a good thing I already knew it was there.

But driving this car, for some reason I'm not intimidated by its blind spots. Could be attributed to its seat height adjustability, the well-positioned side mirrors which allow me to see really far to the sides and its power. This morning on the commute to work there was this BMW 135i behind me switching to the right lane at the same time I was about to and I quickly checked him in my mirrors, stepped on the gas and no sweat. That's saying something since there are some cars with blind spots that either make me not want to switch lanes ever or that make me feel like I need to triple check before I switch lanes.

On a completely unrelated note, apparently my neighbors are scared of the Challenger. Frank, an old man who lives across the street from me, stopped my roommate when she was leaving the house this morning to ask her if she knew whose black Dodge that was parked in front of his house. He said it had been parked there for two days (note: this was the first time I've ever brought it home) and then told her he was going to call the police and report a stolen vehicle. "I think he was nervous because there was no license plate," she said. We live in a neighborhood of family cars so I guess a sinister-looking Dodge Challenger would be some cause for alarm. Heh.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 4,454 miles

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