2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: What Would a Texan Drive?

November 13, 2009

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"WWTD," right? Isn't that what those bracelets say? Well, in any case, I know what I'd drive if I were a Texan: a Challenger R/T. No question about it.

The Challenger is frankly out of its element in the concrete jungle, as you might expect from a coupe that's longer than a Pontiac G8. Parallel parking is a particularly harrowing experience. But on the open road, are you kidding me? Short of maybe a Benz CL65 AMG or something comparably ridiculous, what would you rather be driving? The Challenger R/T is extraordinarily smooth and quiet at speed, its looming visagereliably scares the hoi polloi out of the fast lane, andits sonorousV8 deliversa burly low-end punch that's conspicuously absentfrom the Camaro SS. Oh, and it also seats four adults in comfort and swallows everyone's luggage with ease.

Forget full-size pickup trucks -- this thing should be the official vehicle of Texas.

Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor @ 13,366 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Dodge Challenger in WA is:

$187 per month*
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