Bang for the Buck
By Captain Midnight on
2008 Dodge Charger RT 4dr Sedan (5.7L 8cyl 5A)
I'd like to say that this is a great car, but we will go with good for now. The ride is smooth, comfortable and quiet, and I'd be fine riding in it for hours without undue fatigue. The steering gets raspberries because it's too heavy at all speeds and the chassis is busy at cruise. The most fatiguing part of driving this car is the constant inputs required, even on smooth, uncrowned roads. I really hate that part. The stock 225 60R18 touring tires grip well in the dry and are a menace in the wet. First thing I did was to get Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip GW3 snow tires so that I can get through a Michigan winter without ending up in a ditch somewhere. Recommended with reservations
The HEMI. Plus, it's delightfully sinister looking. Great cornering grip on dry pavement, minimal body roll for its size. Ride is smooth and the cabin is quiet. Mileage isn't bad at about 18 mpg combined and compares against the 14.6 mpg my 2005 Ram 1500 4x4 HEMI returns
Accelerator is like an on-off switch and needs to be more linear. Ease your foot into it for low-speed maneuvering, and nothing happens. Then it suddenly lurches, no matter how smoothly you modulate the throttle progression. Steering effort is heavy at all speeds and requires constant input.