2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Steering Wheel Gets a Pass, Barely

November 05, 2009


I have yet to get tired of looking at our 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T. Yeah, I get that its stance is too high with the stock suspension, and I'm not a huge fan of the wheels, but look at this rear-quarter panel -- it's luscious. I also have yet to get tired of driving the car. It rides like some kind of personal luxury coupe, yet it makes all kinds of wonderful, noisy sounds when you accelerate hard or execute a heel-and-toe downshift.

2009_dodge_challenger_steering_wheel.jpgHowever, I do not like the steering wheel in our Challenger R/T. I also didn't like it our long-term Magnum R/T, nor have I liked it any Charger or Chrysler 300 I've driven. It's not that it's too big. The steering ratio is not quick in this car (it's listed at 16.1:1 in the specs), so turning the front wheelsis a leisure activity anyway. It's the squared off spokes that ride up too high for a comfortable grip at 9-and-3.

The Challenger's steering wheel only gets a pass because we have a Camaro to kick around.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 13,040 miles

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