Kinda Like A Sloppy Joe - 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Kinda Like A Sloppy Joe

March 08, 2010

Ok, I think we've all read, or seen, or driven the Challenger car and know it's big. It's bigger than the original Challenger. A car that came to life in 1970, the grand era of land boats.

Maybe it felt bigger than it actually was because I drove my Mazda 3 before getting into it. It didn't matter once I hit that start button. When the engine came to life in the confines of the garage Friday night with a meaty growl, I was glad I had the keys to this beast.

It was raining out, so I turned off the stability control to have a little fun. It's stupid high school fun to spin out the tires on a slick surface or let the back drag out a touch when making corners, but it's even more fun when you have that Detroit motor revving loudly.

Precision is not the Challengers cup of tea. I thought it felt sloppy, it doesn't corner well, it's heavy and the skinny steering wheel doesn't give me a good feeling of control. But it does do big burnouts and it's meaty engine get nice 'n loud. For bonus points, its old school street machine looks still turns plenty of heads.

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With the weekend over, the only size related negative I came away with were its large doors. The long and heavy swing can catch you unaware if you aren't prepared, and judging by the lack of paint at the edge of the door several editors have had this problem. However, size does matter when you're going to Goodwill in the morning. Its massive trunk accommodated two big boxes of donations!

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer


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