Big Bruiser, Easy Cruiser - 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Big Bruiser, Easy Cruiser

September 14, 2009

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I always knew the new Challenger was big, but the point was really driven home when I parked it the other day in a standard, not "compact car only" street parking box. Look at the picture and you can see the beefy Challenger takes up nearly the whole space. At 197.7 incheslong, it's only about fourinches shorter than a Chevy Tahoe!

I was also struck with what a laid-back cruiser this thing is on the freeway -- with thattall sixth gear, at 75 mph the engineis just loafing along at 1,750 rpm. With such long strides, it's no wonder thismuscleboundmonster earnsan estimated 24 mpg on the highway.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 10,966 miles

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