2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: From the Other Side

November 14, 2009

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386 miles each way. Assuming I don't, intentionally or not, get lost.

A few weeks ago, I took this drive northward, girlfriend in tow. The Challenger, I thought, would be a great partner:excellenthighwayride, good stereo, nav, comfy seats,passing power,doesn't draw the ire of theHighway Patrol.

And I was, as usual, correct. The 2009 Challenger R/T was a great pick. Each time I do along drive in this car, I'm glad once again that we didn't opt for the harsh, silly-looking SRT-8.Unfortunately my passenger, who was along for the ride when I took the Long Term Flex back to Boston, wasn't so thrilled.

"Up until the 500-mile mark, this was one of my favorite cars."She says.

"What happened then?"

"The seat. It's fine for a short trip. But the back doesn't line up with the bottom right and there aren't enough adjustments to makeit livable."

While the driver seat is 8-way power adjustable, the passenger seat is not.

So next time I go cross country--unless i go solo-- the Challenger is, unfortunately, off the list.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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