2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Where Does the "Key" Go?

April 15, 2009


This is a picture of our Dodge Challenger's key fob. Notice its shape. Looks like it was designed to be inserted somewhere, right? Like into a dashboard to start a car, right? Well, it was. And many Chrysler products still use it that way.

Not the Challenger.At least not our Challenger.


Here's what you get when you look for a place to put that "key." Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

And here's the gripe. I have to use the fob to unlock the car so it's in my hand -- keyless entry isn't an option. Now I get in, push the start button and...you guessed it: search for a place to put the key. Perhaps this wouldn't be such a hang up if I weren't paranoid about losing the key. Buthabit and experience tell me it should goin one of two places -- either in the ignition or in my pocket.

Here's one option: I can drop it in the small-items tray which is occupying the space where my handbrake should be.

It's a small gripe, but it's one I face every single time I get in the car.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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

$149 per month*
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