2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test


2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Amped Up Trunk

December 21, 2009

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File this under the "it didn't look that big in the brochure" category, but when I ordered the Onkyo TX-NR1007 I didn't figure on needing a special vehicle to transport it home.Honestly I figured it would be delivered to my door, but after missing FedEx two days in a rowI decided to go get it myself in our long-term 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T.

No big deal, right? It's an A/V receiver, not a big-screen TV. But between the receiver's official box and the (much-appreciated)packaging used to keep it from being damaged by the racketball sessions regularlyheldin FedEx cargo centers it was a tight fit. The packing box was 26 by 26 by 16 inches, which meant the receivercompletely filledthe Dodge's cargo bay.

Both the trunk opening and its interior dimensions accommodated the receiver, but with little room to spare. More challenging was gettingthe Onkyoback out, as the receiver weighs 65 pounds and the high lift-overforced me to usethe wrong muscles during retrieval.

On the upside, those 65 pounds directly over the rear axle did wonders for the car's traction during high-rpm clutch dumps...I'm assuming.

I also must note the Challenger's hill-hold feature that keeps the car stationarywhen the pavement isn't level. I'm used tosuch premium treatment when driving a BMW, but it's an unexpected delight in an American muscle car.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief@ 16,529 miles

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